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Not bad for a debut!,
This review is from: Leisure (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, 1991's 'Leisure' isn't that bad at all. Front man Damon Albarn himself has frequently rubbished his band's first record, and sure, there is nothing particularly outstanding to be found, especially if you compare it to the band's later masterpieces from the heyday of Britpop, but I've always had a soft spot for it.
The best songs are in fact the singles: the psychedelic 'She's So High', and the catchy, upbeat '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 on the album which really 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 the distinctive vocals of Damon Albarn which make you instantly realise that you are listening to Blur.
My advice is to not completely dismiss 'Leisure' like the band would probably want you to, because there are some very catchy, 'Summery' tunes to be found, which are a whole lot of fun. This was a small taster of the beautiful music which was to come over the next few years.