Vinyl love: Blur “Leisure”

(Vinyl Love is a series of posts that quite simply lists, describes, and displays the pieces in my growing vinyl collection. You can bet that each record was given a spin during the drafting of each corresponding post.)

Artist: Blur
Album Title: Leisure
Year released: 1991
Year reissued: 2012
Details: 1 of 7 in Blur 21, anniversary box set, black vinyl, 180 gram

The skinny: The debut album by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James, and Dave Rowntree, also known as Blur. It’s a bit messy, not knowing whether to lean towards baggy or shoegaze, two sounds that were both on their way out. Still, some fantastic tracks here.

Standout track: “There’s no other way”

9 replies on “Vinyl love: Blur “Leisure””

There’s some great songs, I agree. “She’s So High”, “Come Together” and “There’s No Other Way”, but you’re right, the musical direction was awkwardly following fashions of the time. They found their way on “Modern Life Is Rubbish” IMO.

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First Blur album I heard, though it was a few years old at that point (Park Life was the current release). I did like it’s high points (She’s So High and There’s No Other Way especially), but you’re right about the musical direction… seemed a bit unfocused and not really their own.

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I used to have this on a cassette tape with Chapterhouse’s Whirlpool on the other side. I think I wore that tape out. I know I call it a bit of a mess but I loved this album in high school.

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