13 and God
13 & God


4.0
excellent

Review

by The Katz brothers USER (183 Reviews)
December 27th, 2006 | 14 replies | 3,909 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

13&God create strange music, plain and simple. Their debut self-titled CD mixes electronica, indie, hip-hop and pop to successfully create some of the weirdest music I would ever describe as beautiful. Yet when the group making the music contains members of German electro-poppers, The Notwist and Anticon experimental hip-hoppers, Themselves, this feat isn’t all that hard to imagine. Many times within the album, The Notwist influence almost completely takes over and things begin sounding like they belong on the Notwist masterpiece Neon Golden . Perfect Speed is one of these tracks. Driven by guitar arpeggios and looped keyboard riffs, the music in Perfect Speed is everything from danceable to relaxing. Under this mix of emotions comes a snare-heavy and high hat heavy drum beat. Overall, the feel of Perfect Speed is a little more Hip-Hopish than something on would find on Neon Golden; however, with Notwist singer, Markus Acher, delivering his pleasant, perfect-for-electronica voice, the song takes a much more Notwist-esque feel than many of the other tracks.

This doesn’t mean that Themselves don’t get in the music at all, quite the contrary. Album opener, Low Heaven , barely resembles The Notwist, except for Acher’s small vocal parts. The rest of the vocal duties are taken over by Doseone, Themselves’ rapper. I can’t say I’m a big fan of Doseone’s quick, high-pitched flow, but his lyrics certainly surpass his strange voice in quality. One verse, spat very fast, goes like this “We remain such gluttons/for the generous threat of being/supreme being safed or susceptible.../subject to a man mold maker with a tendency/toward the more dramatic side of everything.../we are.... The production on Low Heaven is also significantly not as Notwistic as many other songs. Driven mostly by piano, but also featuring some dreary horns and a very electronic drum loop, the beat is very trip hop sounding and fits well with Doseone’s rapping. While many other tracks follow this formula, the highly danceable Ghostwork being one of them, The Notwist-esque tracks reign supreme on 13 & God’s self-titled debut, both in quality and in quantity.

In the end, it almost seems as though 13 & God is an album divided. Half (or so) of the tracks follow Themselves’ weird-hop formula, while the others show off The Notwist’s dream pop meets electronica stylings. While there are large differences between each artist, there are some parallels, and thus there are some tracks that actually sound almost like collaborations between the two, like the fantastically smooth Afterclap . Even if the separateness of this collaboration is bothersome, you can’t argue with tracks like Tin Strong and If , the former being the lengthiest song on the album and possibly the best Themselves track, the latter being a whole different kind of beast. If is hypnotizing, to say the least. Clean, affected guitars lead the trippy beat, with both vocalist singing “if there were not something so loud and clear/it would have been bought and sold” . Three-fourths of the way through the song, everything stops except the drum beat. The drums are then joined by a funky bass line; this bass is almost immediately joined by Doseone, who ends the song with a great verse. Two tracks later, the album ends with, Walk , a collection of vintage samples of people, places and things, towards the half-way mark everything but an eerie string line drops out. After building up, the string line is gone and the album has ended.

-Dan



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Jom
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2006



2634 Comments


Nice review, Dan. These guys sound pretty intriguing based on your first paragraph's description.

pixiesfanyo
December 27th 2006



1222 Comments


They are pretty bad though.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
December 27th 2006



2806 Comments


The intro was a bit awkwardly written, but you got into it and it was your normal quality. This sounds pretty cool, I might check it out.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2006



2634 Comments


They are pretty bad though.

That's cool.

pixiesfanyo
December 27th 2006



1222 Comments


I suggest checking out Subtle's For Hero: For Fool..

It's a much better example of what doseONE or whatever lame name he has can do..

Intransit
December 27th 2006



2797 Comments


Yeah, if Doseone is associated with this, I'll certainly give it a listen. He was pretty awesome in Deep Puddle Dynamics.

Good work.

Sepstrup
December 27th 2006



1563 Comments


I saw a concert with these guys in the television. It seemed alright, nothing I'm dying to check out though.

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Ubicuo
August 30th 2009



56 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

how the F*** is this "HIP HOP" ????????

foxblood
October 27th 2012



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

damn almost no comments

foxblood
October 27th 2012



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah i always assumed it didn't have a review since 13 and god isn't that popular on here

Cygnatti
October 27th 2012



21349 Comments


never heard of this band

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foxblood
October 27th 2012



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i've had this album since it came out but i never listened to Own Your Ghost, hows it compared to this silent?

YankeeDudel
October 27th 2012



9304 Comments


i like the notwist. just heard perfect speed off this tho and it was kew

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foxblood
October 27th 2012



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hm okay, i'll listen to it. yeah afterclap is a classic, perect speed is good too



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