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The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living [CD]

The Streets Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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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 (10 April 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 679 RECORDINGS
  • ASIN: B000EQ5IG6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,850 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prangin Out
2. War Of The Sexes
3. The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living
4. All Goes Out The Window
5. Memento Mori
6. Can't Con An Honest John
7. When You Wasn't Famous
8. Never Went To Church
9. Hotel Expressionism
10. Two Nations
11. Fake Streets Hats

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When hedonism tips into overindulgence, when the champagne fizz of pop stardom goes stale, that’s where you’ll find The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living--the third album from Mike Skinner’s The Streets. We fall in at the deep end with "Pranging Out", the sound of a spiky Mike "fresh" off tour and trying to booze his way out of a five-month hangover, contemplating that "the rock’n’roll cliché just walked in and smacked me".

As ever, though, the music here is thoroughly individual and frequently hilarious: the Mission Impossible-tinged "Hotel Expressionism" sees trashing a room raised to the status of artform, while the reflective "Two Nations"--an open letter to deceased rapper Notorious BIG--sees Skinner swell with pride as he recalls the UK giving America the legacy of John Lennon, "Even though you shot him as well". Meanwhile, two gospel tracks, "Never Went To Church" and "All Goes Out The Window", make a bid to be this album’s "Dry Your Eyes".

All in all, it’s Skinner’s most bitty, fractured album so far--not quite the gobsmacking state-of-the-nation address of 2002’s Original Pirate Material and lacking the immersive narrative of A Grand Don’t Come For Free--but no one makes a record like Mike Skinner makes a record, and even going out of his head, he’s never less than entertaining.--Louis Pattison

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best but still.......... 12 April 2006
By boyo
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard Has it come to this I hated it, a few months later I had the album and thought the streets were amazing. When I first heard fit but you know it I hated, a few months later I had the album and loved the streets even more. And when I first heard when you wasnt famous I hated that but now got the new album and at first..............hated it!

3 days later I love it and just feel people dont get it. Theres some class songs on this album; 'momento mori',and 'cant con an honest john' being my fave. Hes rich and famous now and tells his stories that at first may sound like he's showing off really just say its not all its cracked up to be.....

I think street fans'll love it but if you werent a fan before then this wont change your mind!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Skins In 10 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
If you were hoping for a repeat of 'A Grand Don't Come For Free' you've come to the wrong house, but if you were looking (as I was) for a repeat of some of the poetic insight of 'Original Pirate Material then this could well float your boat. The Streets third studio album combines much of the winning ingredients of the first releases and certainly appears to have recreated some the magic of 'OPM'. While 'A Grand...' combinbed numerous themes, the common thread here is fame and fortune aren't all they cracked up to be, and while there's nothing particularly groundbreaking, there are certainly some catchy tunes. As with the previous albums, listen to it at least three times before making a call either way.
From the opening pain of 'Pranging Out' (charting the hell that is a Grade A comedown), through to 'Fake Street Hats', there is no real 'Dry Your Eyes' remake anywhere, although Skinner has produced some edgier material and appears to be having a dark night of the soul...he does tip his hat to Johnny Cash in 'Two Nations', and so this may have something to do with it!
While I loved 'A Grand...', I have always thought 'OPM' to be the superior record, and so for me this album delivers in more ways than one. Listening to 'Can't Con An Honest John' there is certainly plenty of the original charm and innovation. It's a tough call but the best track is probably 'Never Went To Church', a heartfelt ode to Skinner's dead father.
The two previous albums have undoubtedly been a hard act to follow, and from the sound of some of the material, Skinner was lucky to get this far!
Despite the criticsms Skinner is still streets ahead (no pun intended) of the competition on either side of the Atlantic, and if you're already a fan, you won't be dissapointed. If you're new to Mikey then check out the earlier material first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its Quite Good 10 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
I used to hate the streets when the first single came out, but i was given a grand dont come for free as a joke by a freind as they knew how much i hated them, and i listened to it out of boredom and it was amazing. this album is no where near as good as AGDCFF but it is still quite good, the lyrics are well thought out and funny in places, the beats are fuller than in other albums and it does have decent moments of seriousness like in other albums, this album has become less of a tale of trying to become famous and make money, this album is about having money and the troubles that come with it.
go buy it, you be dissapointed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Getting worse 20 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
What can I say. I loved the first two albums. This one just doesn't do it. I like that Skinner approaches all of his albums in a different ways, but his 'I'm famous now' album doesn't cut it. 'Hotel Expressionism', 'Never Went to Church' and 'When you wasn't famous' and 'Hardest Way to make an easy living' are all decent songs, but the others are just plain awful. His other albums have all grown on me upon subsequent listenings, but this one just doesn't stick. He's a brilliant artist... this is just a small stumble in a great career.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A downward slide 31 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
Now having read all these reviews i wasnt suprised at the variance of opinion. This album is OK. Hardcore Streets fans like myself will love it, because Mike Skinner is a genius in his time (much like Eminem, but thats a different story).

However this album is not better than "A Grand dont come for Free" or better than "Original Pirate Material" which if you havent got either is WELL WORTH THE PURCHASE!!

This album is a great album, with some great tunes, however it doesnt flow, some of the songs are Ropey and i feel they have slightly lost their way.

As a whole the album is worth a buy!!

I have enjoyed it in my car for the last few weeks!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tough being famous 23 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
I'm a big streets fan after "A Grand Dont Come For Free" and this didnt dissapoint. Although this lacks the excellent narrative story telling of the previous albumn and doesnt quite hit the same dizzying heights this is still quality. Mikey Skinner impresses again with the ode to his Dad in "Never Went to Church" and lets rip in "When u Wasnt Famous". This is typical streets Mikey banging on about life and fame and the changes it brings - the mans still a genius and hasnt sold out just yet.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars See what you mean, but... 19 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
There's obviously going to be a lot of 'whining celeb' type reviews about this album. It's not that they'll be wrong exactly but it's kind of missing the point. Even if he really is talking from his own point of view (and it does seem like he's playing a character some of the songs) you can't slate the guy for calling it as he finds it. And when every other artist/magazine/TV show is telling young people that 'famous' is the only thing worth being, Mike's message of 'don't bother, it's rubbish' is like a breath of fresh air.

This is a really good album and if you liked his other stuff you should give it a try...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars cd the streets
good tracks on cd. one of there best albums,all the tracks on this liked by all who have listened to it
Published 11 days ago by william quarry
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing
For me this album doesn't stand up to the first. It seems a bit mashed together. Lacks any sort of direction and pales to his earlier and later work
Published 13 months ago by Russeldust
5.0 out of 5 stars IT IS NOT AS BAD AS PEOPLE THINK
One thing that really annoys me is that people artist especially clone themselves in a shell, I would never want to be compared to even with the likes of Eminem, he has talent for... Read more
Published 21 months ago by eloquent
2.0 out of 5 stars Skinner's Worst Moment
Having loved the previous 2 albums, I bought this on advance purchase back in 2006... I tried and tried, but I really can't enjoy it. Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2011 by Richard Hall
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 AMAZING
Yet another instant classic from the best of the british rap/garage/R&B scene. Its a must buy. Mike Skinner just gets better and better. Read more
Published on 21 Dec 2006 by C. Pelleymounter
2.0 out of 5 stars disapointment
i dont really like the new album

they all sound kinda like when you wasnt famous

if u liked that song then you should buy it

but i thought it was... Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2006 by Ms. S. A. Franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the negatives
I read all your reviews before beuying this album and im glad i ignored the majority because this album is classic Streets. The lyrics actually mean something. Read more
Published on 3 May 2006 by Mr. R. T. Burns
1.0 out of 5 stars Lazy Skinner
This album is weak! He must have just made it to pay his bills. Gone are the real street references we can all relate to. Read more
Published on 1 May 2006 by William Burroughs
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