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Computers and Blues [CD]

The Streets Audio CD
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It’s all of one minute and fourteen seconds into the fifth and final Streets album before you realise that Mike Skinner has found a way of pushing things forward at the same time as bringing The Streets’ story full circle.

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  • Audio CD (7 Feb 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B004GCJJ1O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,540 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Going Through Hell 3:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Roof Of Your Car 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Puzzled By People 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Without Thinking 3:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Blip On A Screen 3:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Those That Don't Know 2:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Soldiers 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. We Can Never Be Friends 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. ABC 1:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. OMG 3:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Trying To Kill M.E. 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Trust Me 2:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Lock The Locks 3:070.99  Buy MP3 

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Fifth and final studio album by the British rap artist. The album includes the single 'Going Through Hell' and features guest performances by Robert Harvey (The Music), Laura Vane and Clare Maguire.

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THE STREETS Computers And Blues (2011 UK 14-track CD album - Its all of one minute and fourteen seconds into the fifth and final Streets album before you realise that Mike Skinner has found a way of pushing things forward at the same time as bringing The Streets story full circle. Computers and Blues crams everything Mike Skinner has learnt in the course of his very personal five album odyssey into a package as irresistibly box-fresh as his game-changing 2002 debut Original Pirate Material. In the course of this infectiously upbeat tune-packed finale the sound of The Streets goes back to basics at the same time as expanding in all directions. From the minefield of Facebook relationship status [OMG] to the hysterical state of imagined combat readiness induced by spending too long playing Call of Duty [Without A Blink] to the heartstring-tugging 100 pixels of Blip on a Screen Computers and Blues addresses the interplay between human emotion and electronic communication with Skinners trademark self- deprecating wit. Includes the single Going Through Hell)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warm way to bow out 7 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There's a pretty relaxed vibe to this album; it's not chillout music or anything, but it feels like the end of an era, in that it's warm and vaguely wistful, but not really immediate. In true Skinner style, he's going out sounding as he started, with a spliff and a reflective whisky, rather than with a bombastic bang. This is the last Streets album, and it's no exaggeration to say they encapsulated some people's youth, especially if you were into them between 2002 and 2005. `A Grand Don't Come For Free' has an incredible nostalgic emotional resonance to me and several people I know, and it's not just our rose tinted classes; most end of decade lists had The Streets top ten, with The Guardian claiming `Original Pirate Material' was the best album off the 00's [not sure I agree, but still...].

Quality wise it's been downhill since the first two releases, but as a final album this is a more than respectable effort. His flow isn't great these days, but as a beat-maker he's maturing with age like a fine wine, and will craft a fine career as a producer if he wants to stay on behind the scenes in the music business. Lyrically he's preoccupied with technology, with liberal references to Google, Facebook etc, and is essentially wondering about electronics and their relation to human emotions, with copious weed references, for old times' sake.

Nothing on here is going to match the finest songs he's written [Weak Become Heroes, Blinded By The Lights etc], but if you go in with lower expectations, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find fourteen very enjoyable, nicely crafted tracks. `Blip on a Screen', `Puzzled By People' and `Trust Me' are my favourites so far.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Urban Swansong 10 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
If this is truly the last we are to hear of The Streets then
Mike Skinner has indeed managed to quit the stage on a high.

The mixture of droll humour and heart-on-sleeve emotionality
we have come to expect from this likeable urban hero is as
evident here as it has been since his 2002 debut, 'Original
Pirate Material'. 'Computers and Blues' delivers fourteen new
songs some of which finds Mr Skinner dabbling with synthesised
vocal treatments more than he has in the past but this should
not distract us from the canny deadpan rhyming to which we
have become accustomed. The lines are still as sharp as a new
Fred Perry polo shirt worn out on the town for a first time.

There's a lot of delicious detail to look out for. 'Going Through
Hell' struts its stuff like a backstreet hoedown! The arrogant
swagger is enchanced by some stridently soulful backing vocals
(listen out for the hilarious "Nee-Naw" ambulance siren!)

In 'The Roof Of Your Car' Mr Skinner does what Mr Skinner does best.
He mixes up charmingly funny imagery with a liberal dose of pathos
to fine effect. That he has chosen to sing it together with a
chipmunk is a lapse of judgement we should not hold against him!

Another small furry creature seems to have snuck into the studio
on 'Puzzled By People' but the collaboration is again a happy one!

Coming in at just under three minutes 'Those That Don't Know'
pulls up the rug and delivers a terrific dose of inner-city funk.
(Kind of James Brown-meets-Bob The Builder on a fire escape!)

'We Can Never Be Friends' is a really cracking composition, not
least of all due to the contribution of The Music's Robert Harvey.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Computers and blues 9 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
As with all Streets albums I find they take a few listens before the words and the tunes sink in.

I found myself expectedly finding it quite fantastic! The lyrics are sometimes funny and wrapped up in feel-good tunes.

Overall the album has an up-beat and dance feel at times with some eletric and acoustic guitars thrown in for good measure.

If you like the Skinner style then i'm sure you will thoroughly enjoy this.

Just don't expect it to be a 'grand don't come for free'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant final album 18 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is a really great album.
Listen to it and judge it on its own merits, rather than comparing it to Mike's previous work. It stands up well on its own.

As with all The Streets albums, its best heard through headphones and given several listens. You'll get the most out of it this way.

I won't list favourites, as with some of Skinners best work, what I do is just hit the play button at track one and let the album run from start to finish.

What surprised me about most of the tunes here is how funky and dancable they are. None are much more than 4 minutes long, a few tracks are slower and more reflective, others are fun and exciting.

Great album, one that I listen to by myself and get absorbed in the music.

Well worth a purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not AGDCFF or OPM but.... 11 Feb 2011
By Al
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A Grand Don't Come For Free and Original Pirate Material are pure class but Computers and Blues stands on its own merits, no question and its songs are strong even when you listen to them on random with these high water marks.

Can't stop humming Soldiers and some cracking other tracks including Without Thinking, OMG and Blip On A Screen.

Sometimes Computers and Blues seems like playing AGDCFF on shuffle; it can feel that track listing is a bit disjointed or songs need a bit more context. But that's a completely minor observation.....this album is superb and only the most critical will be disappointed.

Such a shame that this may be the last offering but I'll enjoy the bow out show at Brixton...! Buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love
Mint CD, Mint Cover, Mint Artist/s, Awesome Song/s, Well Played, Nothing entirely wrong with this CD, Reason for buying it cos i loved this Person's/Peoples Music.
Published 8 months ago by Malcolm Hesketh
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Final Album from The Streets
Great "final" album from The Streets which is similar in various ways to the first two albums with the familiar sound that we have come to expect from this artist. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Traffic
4.0 out of 5 stars tip top
forget a grand dont come for free view this cd as a collection of singles listen it twice and i guarentee you will be playing this album as much as you listend a grand gota say if... Read more
Published 17 months ago by angler1
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Addictive from beginning to end. Each song has something great about it, would recommend to all who enjoy mike skinners work
Published 18 months ago by Jugs
3.0 out of 5 stars The Streets 'OK' album
Love the Streets, but didn't find this CD as good as the earlier ones. Still worth getting if on special offer and you are a fan!
Published on 4 Jan 2012 by Bluebell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I bought all of the Streets' albums. I would have rated 5-stars, but a number of the CD cases were broken when they arrived.
Published on 4 July 2011 by Ed Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars End of an era
The Streets (mike skinners) final album..Its still 'the streets' but sounds new and fresh as his first album all those years ago.. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2011 by P. Wellstead
3.0 out of 5 stars not my favourite album by the streets
bourht this from hmv, i found the tunes to be to much squealy singing not enough lyrical content, even then the lyrics were a bit slurred and half arsed, sounds all a bit too... Read more
Published on 3 May 2011 by Doctor Anihilator
5.0 out of 5 stars Good job
I like those guys. Really.
I think - if you are a foreigner (like me) - it is a must to study English with this audio course from Mr.Skinner.
5 star rhythm and lyrics.
Published on 12 April 2011 by Vincencio
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to his best!!!
Each track has the original feel of The Streets. Catchy tunes and great lyrics. A fantastic bow out album from mike skinner. JUST HOPE ITS NOT THE LAST WE HEAR OF HIM. Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2011 by eepsy.0148
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