Thirteens (album)

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Leona Naess Thirteens cover.jpg
Studio album by Leona Naess
Released 16 September 2008 (U.S.)
11 May 2009 (U.K.)
Recorded 2005 - 2008
Genre Rock
Label Verve Forecast (U.S.)
Polydor (UK)
Producer Samuel Dixon
Additional tracks co-produced by Jason Darling, Jimmy Hogarth, Nathan Larson and Leona Naess
Leona Naess chronology
Leona Naess
(2003)Leona Naess2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
ABC News (favorable)[1]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
CityLife 4/5 stars[3]
Daily Mirror 3/5 stars[4]
Ellesmere Port Pioneer 8/10 stars[5]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[6] 8/10 stars[7]
Philadelphia Daily News (B+)[8]
Scripps Howard News Service 4.5/5 stars[9]
The Wall Street Journal (favorable)[10]

Thirteens is an album by Leona Naess, released in the U.S. on 16 September 2008 by Verve Forecast Records, and released in the UK on 11 May 2009 by Polydor Records.

The album was influenced by the death of Naess’s father, Arne Næss, Jr., in a mountaineering accident in January 2004. Naess returned to London from New York City and eventually began writing and recording songs with music producer Samuel Dixon. Naess recorded with almost no budget, asking friends to contribute, and completed thirteen albums’ worth of material. Eleven songs were selected for the release, titled Thirteens. Described as "a sweet and poignant collection" by New York magazine, much of the album deals with the onset of maturity.[11] The album consists of first takes, which were then overdubbed.[12]

A digital download of the album available on the iTunes Store includes a bonus track featuring singer-songwriter Ryan Adams; an exclusive edition available through retailer Barnes & Noble includes two bonus tracks. The UK release includes two bonus tracks unavailable on previous releases of the album.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ghost in the Attic" Samuel Dixon, Leona Naess 3:45
2. "Leave Your Boyfriends Behind" Dixon, Naess 4:05
3. "Learning as We Go" Dixon, Naess 4:07
4. "Unnamed (This Song Makes Me Happy)" Jason Darling, Naess 3:51
5. "Not the Same Girl" Dixon, Naess 4:21
6. "Swing Swing Gently" Naess 3:42
7. "Heavy Like Sunday" Dixon, Naess 2:54
8. "Shiny on the Inside" Dixon, Naess 3:59
9. "The Lipstick Song" Dixon, Naess 2:39
10. "When Sharks Attack" Naess 3:32
11. "On My Mind" Naess 2:29
iTunes Store edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Leave Your Boyfriends Behind" (feat. Ryan Adams) Dixon, Naess 3:47
Barnes & Noble Exclusive edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "On My Toes" Dixon, Naess 3:55
13. "Hiccups" Dixon, Naess 4:24
UK Version
No. Title Length
12. "Danke Schoen" 3:11
13. "Unnamed (Mellow Version)" 4:10