Blur - Leisure (1991)
Blur’s debut is a strange album... the band started out as a punk band called Seymour in the late 80s and when they were signed by Food records they hadn’t found their own sound yet, so they pretty much recorded whatever their label wanted them to. So, this debut album ends up being an amalgamation of many of the popular UK music trends of the time.
There’s some madchester, some shoegaze, some neo-psychedelia, but best of all are hints of the band’s future sound... hints of early britpop like on the opening track and lead single “She’s So High” as well as other tracks such as “Fool”, “Come Together” and “Slow Down”.
Overall while it may not be very original and does feature a handful of bland tracks, “Leisure” is far from the let-down people make it out to be. It may not represent Blur’s sound very well, but it’s still an enjoyable album with plenty of great songs that works regardless of it being all over the place in terms of sound (no doubt thanks to Stephen Street’s fantastic production).
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