Blur - 13
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Based on 7 reviews
1999 Ratings: #29 / 98
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Based on 170 ratings
1999 Ratings: #21
March 15, 1999 / Release Date
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Strangelightsyd
100
WAIT NEVERMIND I TAKE THAT BACK I LOVE TENDER
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
ThrowBackG
90
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
AnalVape
94
Damon Albarn and the gang achieve rock band brilliance on "13".

13 is jammy and experimental. It reminds me a lot of Radiohead, but... dare I say... a little more refined? At least particular elements and songs are. I enjoy the recurring element of the song ending or fading out and coming back in with a seemingly random, yet unexplainably related outro.

This album is jagged and rough to take in initially, but is pretty satisfying mostly when you figure out what Blur is doing. Songs ... read more
eliiiiiiii
97
This is the best Blur album, and the best thing that Damon Albarn ever pulled out.
It's nothing like the other Blur albums, this is a dark, personal, experimental album, that creates an atmosphere full of sadness, anger and melancholy.
This blew my mind, I never thought that a band like Blur could do such a different and outstanding record.
This is definitely a masterpiece, and a really underrated and overlooked album.

Edit: Holy cow this album is great, it works almost like a conceptual ... read more
CxAylward
83
near flawless EDIT: Britpop phase hit me hard lol
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Track List

  1. Tender 
  2. Bugman 
  3. Coffee & TV 
  4. Swamp Song 
  5. 1992 
  6. B.L.U.R.E.M.I. 
  7. Battle 
  8. Mellow Song 
  9. Trailerpark 
  10. Caramel 
  11. Trimm Trabb 
  12. No Distance Left To Run 
  13. Optigan 1
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