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Leisure

30 July 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 27 Aug. 1991
  • Release Date: 30 July 2012
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • Copyright: 2012 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company
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  • Total Length: 50:11
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  • ASIN: B008JACBM8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,820 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Loraine on 22 May 2007
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The 90's Guy on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Very few 'big' 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 that bad at all. Sure, there is nothing particularly outstanding to be found, especially if you compare it to the band's masterpieces from the heyday of Britpop, but I've always liked it.

The best songs are in fact the singles: 'She's So High', 'There's No Other Way' and 'Bang', which are all very good. Listening to these songs, it was pretty obvious with hindsight that Blur would become big if there was any justice. There are other tracks mixed in which aren't as good (I'm talking about 'Sing' in particular, which a lot of other fans seem to quite like), and it's let down by a lack of variety and some dull, uninspiring lyrics. 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 taster of the beautiful music that was to come.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name? on 6 April 2005
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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 By A Customer on 7 May 2001
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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As a debut album for Blur this is a good effort, but comparing this to their later albums, it is definitely not their best. By listening to 'Leisure' you can immediately tell that Blur played it safe, by not including interesting twists or sudden surprises in the album, unlike what they did later on.

Despite this, almost all the tunes on 'Leisure' are very catchy and contain some fantastic, complicated bass lines (especially on the faster tracks), uplifting drum rhythms, and some really great guitar riffs and countermelodies. The tracks I particularly like are 'Slow Down', 'Repetition' and 'There's No Other Way' because they are fun and easy songs to listen to and are also seriously catchy, even if the melodies are really simple.

So what's not so good about it? Well, many of the tracks on the album are very similar, with lyrics making hardly any sense and sounding like they were written in the studio at the very last minute...well, because they were. Also, tracks like 'Bang', 'Fool' and 'High Cool' all contain too many 'ahhs' and this slightly spoils them in my opinion because you get the impression that they are there just to fill in the gaps, making the lyrics sound incomplete. If you listen to later albums like 'Parklife' or 'Blur', you may find yourself wondering if 'Leisure' is even by the same band!
But don't let these faults put you off too much, because this is not bad for a first album and every artist has to start somewhere.

Personally, I would not recommend 'Leisure' if you've only recently taken an interest in Blur, but you might as well have it if you've listened to a lot of their music because it is still a good, decent album to have. If you are particularly fond of Blur's early music, I would suggest that you buy 'Modern Life Is Rubbish' before this.

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