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.