Thee Silver Mount Zion 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons
3.8 Ranking: #50 for 2008
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0.0 Xaulb | July 18th 12

What were they thinking? llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

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4.5 superbStaker | February 12th 11

Really powerful, awesome, music created by a band of people who really give 100% to every moment. Efrim's voice spans from soft to a confident wail and the backing vocals are fantastic. The guitar, violin and double bass create a very versatile sound. And if you're not captured by the emotional performances on Engine Broke Blues and BlindBlindBlind, you have no soul.

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4.0 excellentBrandon E.L. Magnuson | January 4th 09

13 Blues for Thirteen Moons is another pretentious album from the fifth full-length album by the Canadian post-rock super group, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, but while others use pretentiousness to compensate for something, TSMZMOATLLB use it to add a little sense of humor to their music. Not that this is a joke album but with Efrim Menuck's at times almost laughably bad vocals and with some of the strangest lyrics written one can't help but find humor.
But that being said this is an excellent album. The highlight 1,000,000 Died To Make This Sound is a unique, intellegent and heavy hitting song that shows that A Silver Mount Zion is more of a Progressive Folk Rock band stuck in a Post Rock body and the hard to swallow but gorgeuos BlindBlindBlind is a more light hearted tune led by Efrim Menuck's very rough, raw but almost "so bad it's good" voice.
All in all 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons is truly an acquired taste but once you give it time it is actually an uniquely gorgeous and rockin' record.
I would reccommend this to fans of Neutral Milk Hotel.


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3.5 greatANM | November 18th 08

I think some bands have a right to be super pretentious.
I think ASMZ does starts out serious, then ends up with some humor attached to it.
like "the hangman's got a hardon." there's no way that asmz actually expected someone to hear that and not laugh, even though the song was pretty serious itself.
same with thee silver mt zion memorial orchestra and tra-la-la band. A Silver Mount Zion is a serious, but good name. TSMZMMOATLLB is pretentious just to be funny.
i hope that made sense, that's what i think.

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3.5 greatAdam Downer STAFF | March 12th 08

With their 5th album, A Silver Mount Zion hint that their new material will be rockier, more fun, and more bitchin than ever before. Though they don't consistently deliver on that front, 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons rocks pretty damn hard for a post rock record. Though Efrim Menuck's voice is getting worse as he thinks it's getting better, the record still serves up its fair share of moments such as the dynamite "1,000,000 Died To Make This Sound" and the gorgeous "Blindblindblind". Thanks to intricate orchestrations, choral arrangements, and some overall slick tunes, 13 Blues For Thirteen Moons might just be ASMZ's best release. Just maybe.

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