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Blur formed in 1989 as Seymour in Colchester, composed of Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon (1989-2002, 2008- ), Alex James (2), and Dave Rowntree. Tension in the studio ran high during the recording sessions. In Orbit's words, "There was a battle between Damon's more experimental direction, and Graham's punk one, and Graham prevailed. If that tension had been growing on previous LPs, it came to a head here."  "Things were starting to fall apart between the four of us," drummer Dave Rowntree later revealed. "It was quite a sad process making it. People were not turning up to the sessions, or turning up drunk, being abusive and storming off."  "I had songs," Alex James remarked. "I played them to William. He liked them. But I was sulking. I didn't play them to the others... Now I know how George Harrison felt."  Coxon admitted, "I was really out there around 13, which made for some pretty great noise but I was probably a bit of a crap to be around."  Swamp Song" was originally going to appear on the "Tender" single as a B-side, but was put on the album at the last minute.
had originally been recorded as a demo in 1992 and was lost until Albarn found it again on a tape six years later. "Mellow Song" was demoed as a jam session known as "Mellow Jam" that was later included as the B-side of " Tender".Finally, we may also share your Personal Information to comply with applicable laws and regulations, to respond to a subpoena, search warrant or other lawful request for information we receive, or to otherwise protect our rights.
Japanese album certifications – ブラー – 13" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Select 1999年3月 on the drop-down menu was nominated in the Album of the Year category at the 2000 NME Awards, losing to The Soft Bulletin by The Flaming Lips.    13 was also nominated for the 1999 Mercury Prize, being Blur's second album to receive a nomination. The award was eventually given to Talvin Singh for OK.  When in line with the preferences you have shared with us, provide you with information or advertising relating to our products or services. Additionally, you can opt out of some of these services by visiting the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out portal at: http://optout.aboutads.info/. Christgau, Robert (2000). "Blur: 13". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 0-312-24560-2 . Retrieved 15 August 2015.
Britpop is dead, long live Blur". The Telegraph. 11 March 1999. Archived from the original on 2 September 2018 . Retrieved 2 November 2020. has received accolades from music critics, which ranks it among the greatest albums of the 1990s, according to Acclaimed Music. Some of these can be found below.   CDs 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 and extra b-sides, remixes and demoesGundersen, Edna (30 March 1999). "Blur sharpens focus on '13' ". USA Today. Archived from the original on 31 October 2016 . Retrieved 5 July 2017. In a more mixed assessment, Heather Phares of AllMusic felt that "the group'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."  Keith Cameron of NME concluded that 13 was "Blur's most inconsistent and infuriating statement thus far. Infuriating, because divested of four solid-gone clunkers 13 could pass muster as the best of Blur."  Robert Christgau gave the album a three-star honourable mention rating, indicating "an enjoyable effort consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well treasure", and remarked that "halfway there, it sits down in the middle of the road and won't budge."