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 Townshe... more »nd. 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« less
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
"Here's a Blur fan who can't believe all the bad reviews (see below), and these are from 'fans'? Yes, this album is marked ly different from the 3 that followed, but so is the overrated 'Blur' CD. 'Leisure' has many hidden treasures. Of course, all the singles are great ('She's So High, There's No Other Way, & 'Bang'), but most of the album tracks are gems, too. I especially dig, 'High Cool', 'Fool', & 'Slow Down'. This CD has the best drumming from Dave Rowntree of any Blur album, full stop. How he plays the part in 'Fool' is beyond me...his drumming has become far more staid on subsequent discs. Reading these other reviews, I think I may benefit from the fact that I've never heard any Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, etc...I'm just a pure Blur head. So these songs may sound 'fresher' to some fans than others. Still, I think this is as good as any of their more recent work, so don't believe all the bad press...if you like Blur at all, I think you won't be let down."
Pessimystica | Austin, TX | 11/04/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been a Blur fan ever since I heard "There's no other way" in '91 when I was in high school...which is still ranks high with my favorite songs of all time, & by far my favorite Blur song. I liked them still after hearing the different sound of "Girls & Boys" in '94, & the more songs I heard by them over the decade, the next being "Charmless Man", the more I liked them just cuz they were so diverse. But if I were to pick just 1 Blur album, this would be it (actually, it's the only Blur album I own). Sure, Damon had better lyrics to write, but these songs just sound great, & they don't all sound the same, although that's not always a bad thing. "She's so high" is a great one too, & really can't remember the other titles cuz I just always listen to this straight through cuz there's really nothing to skip over. And still when it comes to the end, I'm like "it's over already?" I'd recommend this to new Blur fans who know there's more to Blur than Song 2!"
MANDATORY -- One of the Greatest Albums of the Nineties
Milesman | Redwood City, CA United States | 09/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a TOTAL home run, out of the ballpark--a truly great album that delivers exceptional, perfect songs one after another.
The professionalism and inspiration here are at the highest level--in the songwriting and in the execution and in the production.
You will play this CD until you've memorized every song and then you'll hum them to yourself for weeks and then you'll get drunk and try to sing them on karaoke night. You'll suck but people will cheer anyway because the songs themselves are so damn great.
And even if for some sick reason you don't care for this style, it's worth buying just for the classic cover picture."
Blurs starts with a strong foot forward
Manny Hernandez | Bay Area, CA | 05/28/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Blur's debut back in 1991 brought along a blend of psychedelic rock and heavy guitars not too far from the sound of The Stone Roses or The Smiths. Though not too welcome by critics, as being too much like shoegazing (a musical trend that was on its way out), in recording "Leisure", along with Charlatan's U.K. and a handful of other bands, they led the way of a new British invasion (labeled Britpop) that would last for many years.
With a very different sound from the one that would characterize the band later on, they started off with a strong foot forward, actually opening the album with the best tracks on it, most of which remain classics to this day. The middle part of the album looses a bit of steam, to regain it towards the end. Overall, it's not Blur's best work, but it's an incredible debut to be reckoned with. Indeed most bands would want to ever record an album this good."
A blissful album of idiot glee
Chet Fakir | DC | 03/30/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yeah its true folks the Amazon reviewer was absolutely correct in that the lyrics are simply something to hang the pretty melodies on and the music is nowhere near as sophisticated as Blur would later write, but... and its a big but. Blur never again made an album this unabashedly joyful and ecstatic again. Mix great melodies, dumb dumb simple but very singable lyrics, lovely vocal harmonies strapped on top of a driving guitar with compelling and dancable rhythms and you have this rolling explosion of brit-pop bliss. Sometimes an album doesn't have to mean anything to be good."