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Posted by: Dave on October 13, 2008 at 10:37 am

TheStreetsEverythingSound: Mike Skinner’s anecdotal, distinctly British talk/raps are front and center as usual, but he’s mellowed and matured considerably since his last album (2006’s The Hardest Way To Make an Easy Living). Instead of the rebellious and hedonistic tales he told throughout his first three releases, Everything Is Borrowed has a much more introspective, philosophical, positive and uplifting outlook as he contemplates topics like evolution, biological destiny and religion with hooky choruses. Bouncy Motown, smooth jazz, breezy light rock, funky disco, mystical reflection and a dreamy ballad are some of the many styles that he weaves into his narrative-heavy electro pop.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “I Love You More (Than You Like Me)”; “The Way of the Dodo”; “The Sherry End”; “Alleged Legends”
Medium Rotation tracks: “On the Edge of a Cliff”; “On the Flip of a Coin”
Recommended: If you only listened to the first two and last two tracks on Everything Is Borrowed, you’d likely be concerned that Mike Skinner lost his edge and became too wholesome and sunny. Not that those tracks are bad, but they do lack the bite you expect from The Streets. Fortunately the rest of the album delivers the sharp and insightful lyrics and attention-grabbing musical hybrids we’ve come to expect. With a fourth consecutive album (including A Grand Don’t Come For Freemy #17 Album of 2004 and Original Pirate Materialmy #8 Album of 2002) of top-notch material, The Streets (aka Mike Skinner) firmly solidifies his spot as one of the premier artists of the decade.
Grade: B+

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