Editors' Notes There is more than a hint of fresh, morning-after clarity to Mike Skinner’s fourth record as The Streets. Following on from The Hardest Way To Make an Easy Living’s journey to the dark, paranoid heart of celebrity culture, Everything is Borrowed strips things back to something more earthbound and human; orchestral, sonically omnivorous alternative rap that is both philosophical (as with the community choir swing of “Heaven for the Weather”) and the timeless, thanks to Skinner’s decision to embrace live instrumentation and also excise phones, kebab shops and other signature pieces of modern ephemera from his lyrics. “The Escapist” may be the most striking distillation of this approach: a sun-dappled, wide-screen hymn to serenity that gathers signifiers of rock excess—strings, a gospel choir, proggy guitar—and turns them into something ripe with subtlety and tenderness.

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