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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2009
I've listened to this album three times and I still can't tell if its supposed to be a spoof or not.

Over some dreary back room beats a bloke with a Brummie accent talks unmusically about his sorry little life. The rhymes are pathetic, there are no jokes and no insights of any kind. He can't write or speak, which for a rapper are quite serious drawbacks.

The track 'Dry Your Eyes' has a certain naive charm though once again the lyrics are utterly hopeless.

The fact that these days this kind of thing is considered worth getting excited about shows that the dumbing down of Britain has reached it's absolute nadir.

I'd try John Shuttleworth - it's the same, but funny and clever.
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18 of 47 people found the following review helpful
If you've heard Urban Pirate Material you know what you're getting with this album. Mike Skinner talks/raps/sings his way through some absolutely cracking tracks, accurately observing life in urban Britain.
The stand out track for me is the new single 'Fit But You Know It', which tells the story of eyeing up a girl in a late night burger bar, but in truth all the tracks are great as they tell different parts of the story. It's all stuff most people have done; chatting up girls, drunken fights, rowing with the girlfriend, moaning text messages from the missus, drinking Aftershock etc etc.
If you've ever said anything similar to 'I think we got cut off, yeah I got crap reception in my house, I have to stand in a certain spot in my kitchen or it cuts out.' then you'll enjoy this album, as you'll spot something that rings a bell.
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10 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2005
What the hell is this stuff? Music? Someone define music to this chav!!!!
This "music" is awful in every way you look at it.
Technically, the words don't rhyme, the lines in the lyrics are unbalanced, the singer is literally tuneless, there is few instruments playing with the lyrics (and the instruments that are present are casio keyboard preset beats that the guy probably got for his 13th birthday) and the subject of the songs seem to be about the uneventful life of a chav.
In other ways, the singer is very untalented yet very vain, he copies off other songs (but make his own versions bad enough so no one sees the connection) and hes not even that nice to look at on a poster (the threatining chav stance can do only so much).
I am waiting for this guy to turn round and say "Hey! Fooled you! This was all a joke!"
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Think back to the first album, and the sublime opening track, 'Turn The Page', possibly the finest opening track on a debut album that I can think of...
Then erase that memory, because you won't need it here. Gone are the robust breaks and beats and uptempo hook lines, to be replaced by offbeat drum loops and out of place classical strings. The rhyming structure of the lyrics feels forced as though constrained by the music, but then half the time it sounds as though the lyrics were composed to a completely different tune than the one they are presented with here.
It's a strange album, much less accessible than the first, and taking far longer to burrow its way into your conciousness. There are some lovely moments, humorous and memorable (like when the ATM machine won't give him any cash in the first track). But the feel of the whole album is far more like 'Stay Positive' from O.P.M. than any of the singles, and the rhythms are far less 'danceable' than 'Weak Become Heroes' or 'Let's Push Things Forwards'.
I was going to give it less stars, but as I sat down I realised I was singing the chorus from 'Could Well Be In', so maybe there's hope for it yet...
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2004
Anybody who could honestly give this album 5 stars needs to start from scratch.
The work of NWA and Wu-tang Clan is possibly 5 star material, not "The Streets."
The rapping is clumsy, poor and exaggerated lyrics to make the verse rhyme, and isn't a rap album.
Having said this, its unique and quite likeablke when you get used to it. Some good songs with catchy beats, but certainly not 5 star amterial. Get a copy of it or listen to it before you buy to avoid dissapointment!
Not bad, but not that brilliant either!
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 15 June 2004
Now "The Streets" isn't my type of music really, but I really liked the first album and bought this one hoping for more of the same.
However, this is nothing like it. There is only one track which is like the upbeat previous album and that is the single "Fit but you know it" (which I DO like). All the rest are really slow, a simple beat with speech (OK, rapping in some cases) over the top - no catchy hooks or anything to 'sing' along to.
If you want to tell a story, Mike, write a book.
Let's have some more "bangers" next time!
Please!?
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7 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 25 August 2006
cool - i've finally found the most pestilential and mind-numbing album ever recorded. for vicarious emptiness then i recommend watching jessica simpson instead where at least there is the guarantee of a certain cheap entertainment value. the streets have somehow managed to create a delicate blend of the most one-dimensional drum beats ever heard outside of a metrinome and the most mind-blowingly asinine lyrics ever written, with rhyming that would impress only an amoeba. possibly. and make it sell!!! but how???!!! social commentary has been done so much better by blur/pulp/arctic monkeys/the sun and the spoken vocals form of music has worked better in shampoo adds.
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4 of 15 people found the following review helpful
If your mother read out bits of her diary to the accompaniment of Gilbert O'Sullivan piano chords would you buy it? So why on earth is time of day, let alone all the current acclaimation, given to Mike Skinner effectively doing the same to computerised hip-hop and allied rhythms?
It may well be soap opera and street poetry doggerel with a touch of music hall (the single "Fit But You Know It", the only band-played track on the album, actually sounds to me like "Jilted John" from the late 1970s) but don't we get enough of broken TVs and relationships and drug experiences on the box without having them served up in the name of music entertainment. The single and the first track, which is played to a stentorian faux-classical backing are all right but a whole album's worth is just depressing. In fact for street poetry I'd rather listen to Bernard Cribbins ("Hole In The Ground" etc).
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 11 May 2004
I've found this album a little disappointing. Following-up the outstanding fist album was always going to be difficult and The Streets despite producing a good album have been unable to recreate the punch of Original Pirate Material. There are however some excellant tunes in 'could be well in', the ballad 'dry your eyes' and the weak becomes heroes-like track 'blinded by the lights'. Although these tunes are top quality the rest I've personally found lacking.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2005
Now im no soft lad, but i can guarantee that if, at some point 'Dry your Eyes' is not relevant enough in your life to induce tears, you have a heart of stone. same goes for the second half of 'empty cans', its soooo stirring and your neckhairs dont just prick up, they try to remove themselves. or something!
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