Like a lot of people I enjoyed the journey the Mike Skinner made with the Streets, I could relate to the life laid out in Original Pirate Material and A Grand Don't Come for Free. I felt he lost his audience in Hardest Way To Make an Easy Living, the formula of writing about your life didn't work for me as Mike was no longer one of us but a real celebrity living a celebrity lifestyle, I can't relate to that.
There's a new direction on this album, not so personal to Mr Skinner's life, and this is probably a good thing, but it is a beautiful album. The songs all stand alone and they show a lot of thought and have a subtlety that reveals more every time you listen to it. As ever with Mr Skinner's work it's all about the lyrics and he succeeds in both making you smile and think.
Give this album a listen, I'm sure you wont regret it.