Leisure (Ltd)


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    Leisure (Ltd) Pa / Warner Bros.
    1. Leisure (25 Th Anniversary Edition) (Blue) (Colv) Parlophone
    2. Leisure (Ltd) Pa / Warner Bros.

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Review Text "She's So High" and "There's No Other Way" were auspicious debut singles, alternately trancy and melodic, suggesting how shoegazing and baggy beats could be incorporated into pop song structures. Both songs suggested that Blur was capable of a striking debut album, but Leisure wasn't it. Mired by directionless soundscapes and incomplete songwriting, Leisure was nevertheless full of promise. Whenever the group tread close to the warped psychedelia of Syd Barrett, their compositions sprang to life, and "Sing" was an eerie, entrancing minor-key drone reminiscent of the Velvet Underground's "Venus in Furs." Those moments, however, were few and far between on Leisure, since much of the record was devoted to either naïve pop like "Bang" or washes of feedback and effects. From Leisure, it appeared that Blur was only capable of a pair of fine singles, which is what made the complete reinvention of Modern Life Is Rubbish such a surprise. [For the American release of Leisure, SBK Records lopped off one of the album's best songs, "Sing," and shuffled the running order for no apparent reason other than having "She's So High" and "There's No Other Way" appear first.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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Record: 1

  1. 1. She's So High
  2. 2. Bang
  3. 3. Slow Down
  4. 4. Repetition
  5. 5. Bad Day
  6. 6. Sing
  7. 7. There's No Other Way
  8. 8. Fool
  9. 9. Come Together
  10. 10. High Cool
  11. 11. Birthday
  12. 12. Wear Me Down

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