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Blur Audio CD
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1. She's So High
2. There's No Other Way
3. Bang
4. I Know
5. Slow Down
6. Repetition
7. Bad Day
8. High Cool
9. Come Together
10. Fool
11. Birthday
12. Wear Me Down

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Blur's debut album, this CD features none of the quirky songwriting and social observation of British life that would earn singer Damon Albarn rave reviews, comparing him to the Kinks' Ray Davies and the Who's Pete Townshend. However, as a debut Leisure has plenty of spunk and appealing naiveté. This is a very Manchester-inspired affair, motivated by the dance-hall shuffle and lysergic shimmering of the Happy Mondays. Lyrics exist merely as something to hang the pretty harmonies on. First-rate pop hooks drive songs such as "She's So High" and "There's No Other Way," while waves of wah-wah guitar and solid organ represent the trippier aspects of the band's sound for "I Know" and "Bad Day," among others. --Rob O'Connor

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3.0 out of 5 stars Shoegazing for your Leisure Dec 31 2003
Format:Audio CD
When Seymour got a record contract and changed their name to Blur, they dropped their goofy jamming and began to wrote actual songs with the intention to "bag baggy", so they claimed in those early interviews. In retrospect they seem just another record from the shoegazing Madchester scene. Loud guitars and simple lyrics.
The singles "She's So High", "There's No Other Way" and "Bang" are all catchy tunes, and make Leisure worth getting. "Sing", with its droning piano and backwards guitar is kind of hypnotic (in a good way). Others songs that make the album worthwhile are "Slow Down" (for it's psycho middle bit), "Fool", "Birthday" and "Wear Me Down" (for it's churning guitar and lovely harmonies).
There are weak tracks. "Repetition" and "Bad Day" seem to just be made up of a few notes played over and over, which gets annoying. (This was the problem with most of their 2003 album, Think Tank, as well). "High Cool" is a song that doesn't seem to really go anywhere. However, Alex's James jazzy bass gives you something full and interesting to listen to throughout.
The lyrics on this album aren't the deepest compared to the satire of later albums, and there isn't that many words in lyrics, but they get the message across. The childish lyrics of "Birthday", together with the music have brought me to tears.
The production isn't the best, a bit quiet and echoey, and it makes the songs sound a bit similar. Blur have admitted that on this album they didn't know what they were doing in the studio.
It's not one of the better Blur albums, but it's better than Think Tank at least. Any fan curious to hear the early Blur should give it a spin, as well as any fan of early 1990s music.
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By Sakos
Format:Audio CD
Leisure is the debut album from Blur, the most important English rock band of the last 15 years. More creative than Oasis (hey, who isn't?) and more innovative than Radiohead (beating them to the punch in 1997 AND 1999), this album would seem to be a landmark, right? Well, no. Certainly the weakest of Blur's albums, this one still has some great cuts, like She's So High, There's No Other Way, Bad Day, Birthday, and Repetition. However, Damon Albarn had yet to discover his lyrical gift to go along with his melodic genius. The album as a whole is quite listenable in its entirety, but suffers simply from having too many producers. Definitely worthwhile checking out, but their weakest, especially compared to their later triumphs. If you live in the USA it's worth getting the UK version simply for Sing, and the American version for I Know...get 'em both!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lazy Songs Feb. 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
Although not bad for a debut, "Leisure" isn`t quite a keeper either, even if has some quality moments to offer. Here, Blur still had a naive, unpersonal an not very focused sound, falling into the (mildly generic) shoegazer movement bandwagon. Many songs sound the same and the lyrics are the typical "boy-meets-girl", which can be cute and appealing but not particularly exciting or engaging. Some moments already show promise, though, like the dynamic and danceable "There`s No Other Way" or the excellent and subtle "Sing". However, for the most part, "Leisure" consists of dated britpop songs, listenable and entertaining enough yet equally vapid and ummemmorable.
Recommended to die-hard fans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Their Best, But... Oct. 18 2003
Format:Audio CD
"Leisure" is probably the weakest Blur album, yet it is worth having simply for "Sing," one of the most amazing songs I have ever heard. An trance-inducing beat, some twinkling piano, and a generally transcendent atmosphere make this particular tune a lost gem in the Blur catalog, a song that could contest "This Is A Low" and "Battery In Your Leg" as the best Blur song ever. Also, "Leisure" contains the irrestible singles "She's So High" and "There's No Other Way," both of which use blatant simplicity and naive melodies to dazzle the ear. "Bang" and "I Know" are also solid tunes, blending The Stone Roses with the The Kinks.
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