14 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Original Pirate Material found Mike Skinner describing his local identity and A Grand Don’t Come For Free and The Hardest Way to Make An Easy Living recorded his tumultuous rise to fame and fortune, Everything Is Borrowed searches for Skinner’s place in the world. The album was recorded almost entirely with live instruments, and features recurring references to natural settings: the forest, the coastline, the sea. In his existential wanderings Skinner borders on ponderousness, but his songs are always saved by guile and ambiguity. “Alleged Legends,” “On the Edge of a Cliff,” and “On the Flip of a Coin” are more like parables than pop songs. Skinner began his career painting scenes from a very specific time and place (namely, South London circa 2000), but now his songs have the ring of tall tales culled from an old book of folklore. These tales are illuminated by a diverse set of tracks; from the claustrophobic tick of “Never Give In” to the stilted funk of “The Sherry End” and pastoral strumming of “The Strongest Person I Know,” the music here shows the most imagination of any of Skinner’s work to date. The Streets has become more mysterious, and perhaps less accessible, but Skinner’s journey becomes more fascinating with each passing year.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Original Pirate Material found Mike Skinner describing his local identity and A Grand Don’t Come For Free and The Hardest Way to Make An Easy Living recorded his tumultuous rise to fame and fortune, Everything Is Borrowed searches for Skinner’s place in the world. The album was recorded almost entirely with live instruments, and features recurring references to natural settings: the forest, the coastline, the sea. In his existential wanderings Skinner borders on ponderousness, but his songs are always saved by guile and ambiguity. “Alleged Legends,” “On the Edge of a Cliff,” and “On the Flip of a Coin” are more like parables than pop songs. Skinner began his career painting scenes from a very specific time and place (namely, South London circa 2000), but now his songs have the ring of tall tales culled from an old book of folklore. These tales are illuminated by a diverse set of tracks; from the claustrophobic tick of “Never Give In” to the stilted funk of “The Sherry End” and pastoral strumming of “The Strongest Person I Know,” the music here shows the most imagination of any of Skinner’s work to date. The Streets has become more mysterious, and perhaps less accessible, but Skinner’s journey becomes more fascinating with each passing year.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

mlochr ,

Decent Music but BAD QUALITY

This is supposed to be iTunes "Plus" but the audio is corrupt on the opening track "Everything is Borrowed". Around 2:40 the high pitched voices crackle. This is unacceptable!

As far as the album goes, it's a big change from the Streets old material. There's some real good music here but some songs show that Mike Skinner should stick to garage beats.

Mr. Children ,

Brilliant.

My wife and I normally agree on just about everything. I heard this album and was blown away at the beats and the spoken rap lyrics. I played it for my wife and she hated it so much I couldn't get through a single song. The point is that every now and again you need to ignore your wife, and buy a truly great album.

Hi, I'm Mie! ,

Skinner opens up a little bit!

Before the album came out, I was really excited to hear that Skinner would be writing the music rather than using so many samples... I love Skinner's previous work (no doubt), but I like the evolution each album goes through.

While many skinner fans, feel like this album lyrically lacks, I would totally disagree. Skinner is just talking about a more personal side of his life. It is a look at Skinner on the inside, rather than the rough outside he has presented in the previous three (especially the first two) albums.

My highlights would be 'On the Flip of a Coin', 'On the Edge of a Cliff', and 'Never Give In'.... and of course 'The Escapist is a musical masterpiece. I also think that the title track 'Everything is Borrowed' are possibly some of Skinner's best lyrics.

If you are new to the streets style, I would definitely give this album a try. I think it is their easiest album to get into because it is so much less abrasive... However; you are missing out if you have not yet heard the previous three albums...

Also... Skinner has said of his next & rumoured last album 'Computers & Blues', which will be released in the years to come, that the music will be compltely orchestrated...

Now that, will be a powerful ending to a great legacy in the hip-hop world.

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