- Audio CD (Aug. 30 1991)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Virgin Records Us
- ASIN: B000008TWS
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #159,661 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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.
Recommended to die-hard fans.