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Blur - 13 (1999) 2CD Japanese Special Edition 2012 [Re-Up]

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Blur - 13 (1999) 2CD Japanese Special Edition 2012 [Re-Up]

Blur - 13 (1999) 2CD Japanese Special Edition 2012
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 843 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 324 Mb | Scans ~ 34 Mb
Alternative Rock, BritPop, Dance Rock | Label: EMI Music Japan | # TOCP 71346-47 | 02:21:29

To celebrate the 21st anniversary of their debut release, Blur s sixth album 13 has now been expanded across 2CDs, with an entire disc of bonus material added to the original album.

Originally released in March 1999, 13 saw a departure from long-time collaborator Stephen Street with William Orbit taking over production duties, what followed was Blur s fourth consecutive No 1 album and a further, more introspective, development of their music. Accompanying the remastered album in the 13 Special Edition is a whole disc of bonus material, including b-sides to the hit singles Tender, Coffee & TV and No Distance Left To Run. Featured in this extensive collection of b-sides are each band member s own remix of the album track Bugman, the track Beagle 2 (which was sent aboard Mars landing spacecraft of the same name) and the epic Cornelius Remix of Tender. Completing the bonus disc are a demo version of I Got The Law (previously only released on the Japanese version of 13) and the Music Is My Radar single (and its b-side) released on the 2003 Blur: The Best Of.

The 13 Special Edition is housed in a deluxe lift-off lid box with four exclusive Blur artwork postcards and an expanded booklet that includes previously unseen photos and liner notes based on a brand new interview with all the band members.

Blur's penitence for Brit-pop continues with the aptly named 13, which deals with star-crossed situations like personal and professional breakups with Damon Albarn's longtime girlfriend, Justine Frischmann of Elastica, and the group's longtime producer, Stephen Street. Building on the group's un-pop experiments, Blur's ambitions to expand their musical and emotional horizons result in a half-baked baker's dozen of songs, featuring some of their most creative peaks and self-indulgent valleys. Albarn has been criticized for lacking depth in his songwriting, but his ballads remain some of Blur's best moments. When Albarn and crew risk some honesty, 13 shines: on "Tender," Albarn is battered and frail, urged by a lush gospel choir to "get through it." His confiding continues on "1992," which alludes to the beginning – and ending – of his relationship with Frischmann. On "No Distance Left to Run," one of 13's most moving moments, Albarn addresses post-breakup ambivalence, sighing, "I hope you're with someone who makes you feel safe while you sleep." While these songs reflect Albarn's romantic chaos, "Mellow Song," "Caramel," and "Trimm Trabb" express day-to-day desperation. Musically, the saddest songs on 13 are also the clearest, mixing electronic and acoustic elements in sleek but heartfelt harmony. However, "B.L.U.R.E.M.I." is a by-the-numbers rave-up, and the blustery "Swamp Song" and "Bugman" nick Blur's old punky glam pop style but sound misplaced here. "Trailerpark" veers in yet another direction, a too-trendy trip-hop ripoff that emphasizes the band's musical fog, proving that William Orbit's kitchen-sink production doesn't serve the songs' – or the band's – best interests. 13's strange, frustrating combination of expert musicianship and self-indulgence reveals the sound of a band trying to find itself. With some closer editing, this could have been the emotionally deep, sonically wide album Blur yearn to make.

[EMI's deluxe 2012 double-disc expansion of 13 contains the 1999 album on the first disc and a host of B-sides and rarities on the second. Here, the band firmly entrenched itself in its experimental phase, that sense of adventure being reflected on a heavy number of remixes – every one of the four members has their hand in remixing "Bugman," then Cornelius remixed "Tender" and Parklife's "Far Out" got a Beagle 2 remix – variations that take the place of the live cuts that ate up a lion's share of the bonus tracks on other 2012 deluxe editions. This also rounds up the non-LP B-sides – highlights are "All We Want" and "Mellow Jam" – then adds the fan bait "Music Is My Radar" from the subsequent 2000 comp Blur: The Best Of along with its flip, "Black Book."]

Review by Heather Phares, Allmusic.com

Blur - 13 (1999) 2CD Japanese Special Edition 2012 [Re-Up]



Tracklist:

CD1:

01. Tender (07:40)
02. Bugman (04:47)
03. Coffee & TV (05:58)
04. Swamp Song (04:36)
05. 1992 (05:29)
06. B.L.U.R.E.M.I. (02:52)
07. Battle (07:43)
08. Mellow Song (03:56)
09. Trailerpark (04:26)
10. Caramel (07:38)
11. Trimm Trabb (05:37)
12. No Distance Left To Run (03:28)
13. Optigan 1 (02:34)

CD2:

01. French Song (08:20)
02. All We Want (04:32)
03. Mellow Jam (03:56)
04. X-Offender (Damon / Control Freak's Bugman Mix) (05:38)
05. Coyote (Dave's Bugman Remix) (03:50)
06. Trade Stylee (Alex's Bugman Renix) (05:58)
07. Metal Hip Slop (Graham's Bugman Remix) (04:16)
08. So You (04:11)
09. Beagle 2 (02:54)
10. Tender (Cornelius Remix) (05:23)
11. Far Out (Beagle 2 Remix) (03:57)
12. I Got Law (Demo) (02:42)
13. Music Is My Radar (05:29)
14. Black Book (08:35)
15. Caramel (Remix) (04:53)


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Blur - 13 (1999) 2CD Japanese Special Edition 2012 [Re-Up]

Blur - 13 (1999) 2CD Japanese Special Edition 2012 [Re-Up]