Vinyl love: Blur “13”

(Vinyl Love is a series of posts that quite simply lists, describes, and displays the pieces in my growing vinyl collection. You can bet that each record was given a spin during the drafting of each corresponding post.)

Artist: Blur
Album Title: 13
Year released: 1999
Year reissued: 2012
Details: 6 of 7 in Blur 21, anniversary box set, black vinyl, 180 gram, 2 x LP, Gatefold sleeve

The skinny: Having written a #1 hit pop song, Damon Albarn and friends seemingly decided to run as far as they could in the other direction, deep into art rock territory, verging on the esoteric. Not the easiest listen at times, but there is something oddly beautiful about Blur’s 6th album and Damon’s heartbreak is almost palpable thoughout.

Standout track: “Tender”

12 replies on “Vinyl love: Blur “13””

I’ll never forget the first time I heard it on the radio. My honest first impression was: WTF? But after a couple more listens, it made a whole lot more sense.

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Tender was definitely the gateway for this album but there are some other really great tracks too, like Trimm Trabb, Coffee and TV, and of course, No distance left to run.

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It is a phenomenal track. I wavered between this and Tender and almost put both but went with Tender because it was the first one I heard. Raw is the perfect adjective here.

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