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Leisure [Import]

Blur Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Blur are an English alternative rock band. Formed in London in 1989 as Seymour, the group consists of singer Damon Albarn, guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree. Blur's debut album Leisure (1991) incorporated the sounds of Madchester and shoegazing. Following a stylistic change—influenced by English guitar pop groups such as The Kinks, The Beatles and ... Read more in Amazon's Blur Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Sep 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: SBK Records
  • ASIN: B000008TWS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 501,993 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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No Description Available.Genre: Popular MusicMedia Format: Compact DiskRating: Release Date: 24-SEP-1991

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
One thing i would like to make clear from the outset. This album is from the tail end of the baggy era. Four years before the Britpop explosion some reviewers have lumped it in. Containing three great baggy anthems and some great shoe-gazed tinged pop Blur seemed to be in the right place at the right time with this album. The album also shows glimpses of their darker songwriting style that would return with more prominence several albums down the line. This is a stronger album than many people credit it for. No classic...but good.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Are you actually listening to the same album? 6 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
While it may be fashionable to dismiss this album, and the band themselves may wish to distance themselves from it somewhat due to their circumstance at the time, the music on Leisure is still (to my ears) quite good. Should we disparage that there are the marks of the alleged "shoegazer" sound and Stone Roses, My Bloody Valentine influences? I have no idea why. While some tracks, like Fool, are not all that good... there is nothing bad here. And Bang is still an entirely catchy song... intelligent or mature lyrically? No. but it's not dumb, either...
While I do view Modern Life is Rubbish as a wonderful expansion of Blur's style, Leisure is a major accomplishment. And may I dare say that I'm happy to have "I Know" (which suits the album much better) on my U.S. version instead of "Sing" (though I'd like to have had both)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun! 7 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's Blur, captain, but not as we know it. It's lucky that Damon's voice is so distinctive, otherwise you would have thought this was a completely different band. Despite the rather dull and uninspiring lyrics, this is still a hell of a lot of fun to listen to, with some great tunes and though quite a lot of the songs are fairly similar and unremarkable, their are exceptions (The beautiful, dreamlike 'Sing', 'Bang', an energetic and exciting song (and probably Leisure's only song that sounds like it could have come from a later album) and the frantic, era-defining 'There's no other way'). It isn't really the Blur we know, but it's definitely a hell of a lot of fun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blur's Debut Album = Forgotten 90's Gem 18 Jan 2011
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Before I begin this review, I do have a few questions regarding the front cover of this album. Why is it a picture of a weird looking woman from the 1950's? Why is she wearing a swimcap decorated with flowers? Why are her eyebrows so huge? Why is her face caked in makeup? And what does the cover have anything to do with the music on this album? (sighs) I just don't understand this world sometimes.

Moving on, this is 1991's "Leisure," the debut album from the popular Brit Rock band, and arch rivals of Oasis, Blur. Things get off to a good start with SHE'S SO HIGH. The medium pace of the song, echoed lyrics, and the strong drumbeat ooze of 90's quality. For some reason the first 30 seconds of the song reminded me of the Town Square level in the Spyro The Dragon video game for the PSone. Don't know why, though. But after listening to it you'll be as high as the girl in the song...high with excitement over how good it is. To me this is the best track on the album.

BANG, which appears to be about how time flies, is as close to a dancebeat tune as you're gonna get without actually being a dancebeat tune. Not that I'm complaining because it's another good song. SLOW DOWN is OK, but is nothing spectacular, not even with the change of pace halfway through. REPETITION does exactly what it says on the tin. It repeats the word "try" over and over again, and at 5:25 it's just too much of a drag. Clearly not one of Blur's finest hours.

BAD DAY is a good tune to listen to. It's bright, chipper, and the use of the harmonica and accordion (I'm pretty sure both are being used) at the beginning of the track actually work. Not bad considering the latter instrument is usually associated with Morris dancing. SING is by far one of the worst songs on the album.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still sounds fresh today 13 Dec 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Ignore the bad dress sense and style of Dameon and friends on the cover, this record although 8 years old still sounds great, and shows what an amazing span of styles this world class band can produce. One of my favourite albums ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all for a debut! 10 Nov 2013
By ReviewBlog51 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Very few bands can claim to have a debut that was in fact their best album, and Blur are no exception. Having said that, it isn't bad at all. There is nothing particularly outstanding to be found, especially if you compare it to their masterpieces from the heyday of Britpop, but I've always liked it.

The best songs are the singles: 'She's So High', 'There's No Other Way' and 'Bang', which are in fact very good, it was pretty obvious with hindsight that Blur would become big. There are other tracks which aren't as good (I'm talking about 'Sing' in particular, which a lot of other fans seem to quite like), they do sound very different to the band that went onto become so popular, but it's distinctive vocals of Damon Albarn which make you instantly realise that you are listening to Blur.

My advice is not to dismiss 'Leisure', there are some catchy tunes to be found, and it was an album full of promise, a real taster of what was to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 20 Jan 2001
Format:Audio CD
Blur's debut album is one of their best. It has loads of good songs, like there's no other way, birthday, bang and bad day. hmm, you know what, i think all the songs are great.i think this album is not as good as Blur or 13, but better than Modern Life is Rubbish and The Great Escape. go buy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Blurs best.
This has got to be blur's best album, takes me back but still sounds superb, buy this album and you won't be disappointed
Published 26 days ago by Christopher David Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best Blur album
In some ways this is a lesser known Blur album because most people got into Blur on the second album or even as late as Parklife. I just love every song on this album.
Published 2 months ago by J. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Blur CD
Bought for my daughter's friends birthday and the recipient loved it. Good condition and will be well used and looked after.
Published 4 months ago by H
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent debut
The most significant fact about Blur's debut album is that is spawned a very catchy Top 10 single in the shape of 'There's No Other Way'; otherwise this is a fairly solid outing... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Prog Rob
4.0 out of 5 stars Catchy tunes, disappointing lyrics
As a debut album for Blur this is a good effort, but comparing this to their later albums, it is definitely not their best. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Suze97
5.0 out of 5 stars A British Classic!
One of Britain's most credited bands debuted in 1991 with this title. It is a fine album that pushed Blur into the pop/rock scene allowing them to evolve into the band we love... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Gareth Eastham
4.0 out of 5 stars Imperfect, but much, much better than its reputation suggests.
The mix is this album's greatest problem. Though it's often said that Leisure is a 'baggy' album, it isn't. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2012 by James Marriott
4.0 out of 5 stars More honest than other releases!
This is an album that is pushed into the shadows of Modern Life is Rubbish,Parklife and a few more by the fans and the band itself. Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2010 by J. Arthur
3.0 out of 5 stars One of Britain's best bands start with rather inconsistent debut
Alongside Oasis, Blur are one of the most popular bands of the last 20 years but despite the albums that followed like Parklife and their self titled 1997 effort, this album is... Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2009 by T.K
4.0 out of 5 stars Two ridiculously infectious reasons...
Ignore all the hype and mis/preconceptions about Blur's early work and buy this album for two excellent reasons: "She's So High", a wonderfully addictive slice of guitar-driven,... Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2006 by nicjaytee
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