3AM Eternal: Blur “Tender” (1999)

Blur‘s sixth album, 13, was a dark affair. Part breakup record, part experimentation, it wasn’t the fun, happy, clever feel-good Blur record of yore. It’s an excellent album, but the first single, “Tender,” was a bit of a shocker–a seven minute long gospel ballad. Blur did it with aplomb, and it’s a beautiful song, but it sure didn’t seem to be well-received when it came out. A bit of a shocker, truth be told, and beginning the descent of a great band.

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