11 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

If The Streets’ debut record dared to add artistic heft to the disposable thrills of UK garage then this operatic follow-up takes that ambition to, well, dizzy new heights. But while A Grand…—which audaciously tells a single twist-laden story across 11 tracks—deserves praise for its conceptual verve, it also spotlights Skinner’s unerring ear for a subversive hit. “Fit But You Know It” brings skronky guitar and buckets of wit while “Dry Your Eyes” is a stately monument to modern male heartbreak.

EDITORS’ NOTES

If The Streets’ debut record dared to add artistic heft to the disposable thrills of UK garage then this operatic follow-up takes that ambition to, well, dizzy new heights. But while A Grand…—which audaciously tells a single twist-laden story across 11 tracks—deserves praise for its conceptual verve, it also spotlights Skinner’s unerring ear for a subversive hit. “Fit But You Know It” brings skronky guitar and buckets of wit while “Dry Your Eyes” is a stately monument to modern male heartbreak.

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