52. Blur – 13

Blur - 13

52. Blur – 13 (1999)

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

Who is/are Blur?

By now, we know that Blur are made up of Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James, and Dave Rowntree, and that they are a British band with a new album, ‘The Magic Whip‘ coming soon. Except that ‘The Magic Whip‘ was released in 2015…

Why did you buy this album?

After enjoying the previous album ‘Blur‘, I bought ‘13‘ off the back of seeing the band perform ‘Bugman‘ on ‘Later…‘.

Meanwhile, the Blur-fan-later-to-become-my-wife bought a Special Edition version of the album, in a big white box. It’s this copy we kept once our collections were combined.

What’s it like?

Having taken a (welcome) step away from Britpop with 1997’s ‘Blur‘, ‘13‘ continues to experiment with musical styles. The guitar-led songs are still there, with ‘Bugman‘ and ‘Coffee & TV‘ of particular note, but these are now supplemented by more psychedelic and electronic tunes. Yay!

After listening to it now, do you (still) like this album?

Once I’ve got past the opening track, ‘Tender‘, I really do like this album. The more, shall we say, traditional guitar rock songs are good, and nicely compliment the more experimental tunes, bringing the album together as a nicely coherent whole.

In summary, it’s really good, and would be my favourite Blur album, but ‘Tender‘ just goes on and on and on…

Any stand-out tracks?

Bugman‘ is great, as are ‘B.L.U.R.E.M.I.‘, ‘Battle‘, ‘Caramel‘ and ‘Trimm Trabb‘.

Rating out of 10?

9/10. Point deducted for the length of ‘Tender‘…

Next up: Blur – Think Tank


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