13

~ Release group by Blur

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
13CD13
  • GB1999-03-15
Food4991 292, FOODCD 29724349912922
13CD13
  • CA1999-03-23
Food7243 4 99129 2 2724349912922
13Cassette13
  • CA1999-03-23
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), Food4 99129 4, FOODTC29724349912946
13CD13
  • US1999-03-23
Food, Virgin Records America, Inc. (DO NOT USE! please refer to either “Virgin” or “Virgin America”)7243 4 99129 2 2724349912922
13CD14
東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29)TOCP-650914988006763258
13CD13
Food4991 2929326165000015
13CD13
FoodFOODCDS 29724349912908
13CD13
EMI (EMI Records, since 1972), BMG Direct (BMG’s direct marketing company/club editions)7243 4 99129 2 2, D 148221[none]
132×12" Vinyl6 + 7
  • XE2012-07-27
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK), Food5099962483315, FOODLPX295099962483315
132×CD13 + 14
  • XE2012-07-27
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK), Food5099964484129, FOODCDX295099964484129
132×CD13 + 15
  • JP2012-08-01
Parlophone (aka Parlophone UK), FoodTOCP 71346•47, TOCP-71346, TOCP-71346•47, TOCP-71347, TOCP-71360, TOCP-713614988006895553
Promotion
13CD13
  • US1999-03-23
Food, Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)7243 4 99129 2 2724349912922

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Coffee + TV
No Distance Left to Run
Tender
part of:Scott Sepich: Best of 99 (number: 1) (order: 1)
Pitchfork: Top 10 Albums of 1999 (number: 10) (order: 10)
Sarah Zupko: Best of 1999 (number: 22) (order: 22)
Exclaim! 1999 Shocks & Surprises (number: Disappointment (Rob Bolton)) (order: 25)
Justin Stranzl: Best of 1999 (number: 27) (order: 27)
Mercury Prize shortlist nominees (number: 1999) (order: 84)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/34446 [info]
lyrics page:http://lyrics.wikia.com/Blur:13_(1999) [info]
reviews:http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/831-13/ [info]
http://www.nme.com/reviews/738 [info]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/b6bd [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/blur/13/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000048461 [info]
Wikidata:Q186689 [info]

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Following the blatant reaction to the Britpop hangover in the Essex band's previous album Blur, which saw the four-piece adopt the style of an American lo-fi act, 13 was perhaps the band's most experimental effort. With ambient housemeister, William Orbit, in the producer's chair, the sonic landscape came very much from the mind of guitarist Graham Coxon.

Again it was America that provided the template, mixed in with a healthy dose of Krautrock (Trimm Trabb) and electronica. Tender is mutant gospel that lifts you up while remaining quite cynical. The only thing on offer that really sounded like the band of old was Coffee And TV.

Shot through with the bleatings of a newly-bereft Damon Albarn, nursing a broken heart after his split with Justine Frischman of Elastica, songs like 1992, Caramel or No Distance Left To Run dripped weary disaffection. This was a band now completely out of love with pop.

With hindsight it's easy to see how a greatest hits tour after this could only place a strain on the band that they'd never weather. 13 is the sound of young minds fracturing under the weight of expectation and their own desire to do more than just create three-minute smashes. As Albarn whispers on Caramel, ''I've gotta get better, I've gotta find genius''. But by this time it was too late. Luckily for us the sound of a genius band disintegrating still equals genius. Combined with a tasteful and intricate prioduction job, 13 may one day, be classed as their greatest work.