the streets debut album, although not recongnised now was a landmark innew music. genre defining and a surely a source of inspiration of songs tocome.
His second album, bizzarely comes across as a concept album, allbeit abouta relationship falling apart after a holiday. Its an ingenious idea.Similair to the Who's narritive in Tommy, the streets employ the sametactic on a grand dont come for free. and it works. As fascinating as itis enjoyable, Skinner shows off as a fantastic lyricist andstoryteller.
The lyrics are as candid and hilarious as ever. "That blue Topshop topyou’ve got on is nice,
Bit too much fake tan though but, yeah you score high" is an example ofone of many. The simplicity and honesty of the lyrics only add to thebrilliance of the album, hardly eloquent, but very accessible andwitty.
One of the greatest pleasures here is letting the story reveal itself overrepeated listens, so I'll try not to spoil it. Just expect fullerinstrumentation, stronger melodies, and a carefully crafted compositionthat can only be described as literary.
The highlight of the album comes from the Chris Martin inspired "dry youreyes" where Skinner creates a Garage ballad, would you believe it, full ofstrings and acoustic guitars. it proves the diversity he can reach on thisalbum.
Following his debut was always going to be a difficult job, but with thismasterpiece, Skinner makes it look so easy. superb.