Black Sabbath - 13
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2013 Ratings: #514 / 955
User Score
Based on 74 ratings
2013 Ratings: #316
June 11, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Vertigo, Universal / Label
Heavy Metal, Metal / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

The influence of early Sabbath has become so omnipresent that it's come back to influence its very creators 40 years later, but the results are unexpectedly brilliant, apocalyptic, and essential for any die-hard metal fan.

80
Paste

43 years after the release of that monumental first record, I believe Black Sabbath is very much alive.

70
Drowned in Sound

13 does what you’d expect it to, no more, no less. It doesn’t break new ground, it doesn’t have the impact of Sabbath’s early work (how could it?), but nor does it tarnish the band’s legacy. 

70
Pitchfork

That 13 isn't an out-of-touch embarrassment is a surprise. That it's cohesive, engaging, and even fun is a near-shock.

70
NME

This is Sabbath of the melodramatic ‘Iron Man’ variety, and Ozzy is in shockingly decent voice, amping up the drama with couplets worthy of Noel Gallagher.

70
Consequence of Sound

Given all the distractions surrounding the record’s release, it’s shocking how well everything fits together. For a record 13 years in the making, 13 is worth the wait.

balleralan
70
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gas_souza
75
End Of The Beginning - 75
God Is Dead? - 80
Loner - 75
Zeitgeist - 75
Age Of Reason - 80
Live Forever - 75
Damaged Soul - 70
Dear Father - 70
slickleg
89
Best Black Sabbath album in over 30 years. Amazing comeback yet also closing album.
Z.Younk
69
Ozzy's songwriting is way too derivative of his classics without imparting anything fresh. His voice stands out so much, its impossible not to notice; and, it's because this is one of the most overproduced and poorly mastered records of all time. Nobody even sounds like they're playing in the same room. Ozzy's voice floats emptily over a meld of indistinguishable, uninspired instrumentals; Rick Rubin fails, as he did with RHCP's records, giving us a loud record with horrible mixing that can ... read more
tha138
66
The metal godfathers are back with a dark, burning 13 that concentrates on the core and not the surface.
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Track List

  1. End Of The Beginning
  2. God Is Dead?
  3. Loner 
  4. Zeitgeist
  5. Age Of Reason
  6. Live Forever
  7. Damaged Soul
  8. Dear Father
  9. Methademic
  10. Peace Of Mind 
  11. Pariah
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Added on: March 13, 2013