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|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|
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 albums "Dry Your Eyes".
All in all, its Skinners most bitty, fractured album so far--not quite the gobsmacking state-of-the-nation address of 2002s Original Pirate Material and lacking the immersive narrative of A Grand Dont Come For Free--but no one makes a record like Mike Skinner makes a record, and even going out of his head, hes never less than entertaining.--Louis Pattison
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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