13

Label
EMI UK
Release date
30 Jul 2012
Running length
13 tracks
Running time
63:55

Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Tender 7:29 381,738
2 Bugman 4:51 120,481
3 Coffee & TV 5:57 590,301
4 Swamp Song 4:37 100,094
5 1992 5:29 95,188
6 B.L.U.R.E.M.I 2:52 16,135
7 Battle 7:44 86,084
8 Mellow Song 3:57 91,182
9 Trailerpark 4:27 80,552
10 Caramel 5:05 85,092
11 Trimm Trabb 5:29 104,287
12 No Distance Left to Run 3:24 262,804
13 Optigan I 2:34 10,739

About this album

13 is the sixth album by English band Blur, released in March 1999. The album reached number one in the UK Albums Chart and number 80 in the US Billboard 200. 13 spawned three hit singles: Tender, Coffee & TV and No Distance Left to Run.

Recording history:

13 sees the band moving further away from their past into more cerebral and denser musical territory. Some of the songs, however, are evocative of songs from their previous efforts, such as Bugman, Coffee & TV, 1992 and Optigan 1. Much of the album was inspired by Damon Albarn’s breakup with Elastica singer Justine Frischmann. Two of the singles, Tender and No Distance Left to Run, describe Albarn’s love for Frischmann and his struggle to move on. It is named after the band’s recording studio, and also is their first album without longtime producer Stephen Street, rather with electronic producer William Orbit. The cover is a portion of an oil painting by Graham Coxon called Apprentice. The album’s singles also have cover art by Coxon. The numbers 1 and 3 have been painted so they also form the letter ‘B’ - presumably for ‘Blur’.

Release and reception:

The album was seen by many as a highly experimental work and received a number of unenthusiastic reviews, but the critical response was generally positive.

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