Blur - 13
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Based on 7 reviews
1999 Ratings: #34 / 116
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1999 Ratings: #21
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98/100: still love it to bits but Jesus just cut 2 minutes off of Tender. TWO MINUTES. And this would be a well deserved 10/10. Gosh darn it Blur, you've done it again!
Also, you know, I'm not in my Blur phase anymore and I don't have that strong a connection with it, certainly not the one I had just last year. Still, without a doubt a masterpiece and Damon Albarn's highest point out of all his projects.

0/100I can't decide whether I should demote ... read more
Probably the most heavy, experimental, and emotionally driven Blur album. Damon Albarn's lyrics reflect himself in a very honest and earnest way that we usually don't see from Damon. The instrumentation is top notch, with glitched out grooves engrossing the whole record. Overall, it might not be for everyone, but it's still a treat.

Favorite Jams: Bugman, Trimm Trabb, No Distance Left To Run

Lest Favorite: Optigan 1
As the Brit-Pop was fading out so were bands and a lot of their corporate support. Some faded into obscurity and others faded into 90s pop culture. Blur was kind of in shambles. Break ups, drug and alcohol addiction and seemingly impending doom. The band seemingly took a step back to collect themselves and made something that carries the traits the 'Blur' started which was to drift from the Brit-Pop tropes and sound. This is by far their most experimental and open record (so open that the cover ... read more
If the self-titled release from 1997 started to blur the lines of what exactly this group sounded like, having shifted from their own defined version of Britpop into a grungier and heavier sound, the line is pretty obscured at this point on 13. Blur sounds like an entirely different act here on their sixth album in a decade, and is a massive statement of the growth that Albarn and company had undertaken in as much time. Their sound has gone in many different directions, and to have landed on ... read more
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Added on: July 30, 2012