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Original Pirate Material
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2005
Had heard a lot of good things about this album but, at the time, was a committed indie fan so didn't really take much notice of the hype, then i actually heard the album. Every track on this album is great, from turn the page to stay positive, with the stand out tracks being the magnificent weak become heroes and the under-rated its too late. The main attraction of this album is that it speaks to everyone and everyone can relate to what mike skinner is saying in these songs, from indie fans who woul never go near this type of music, to dance fans who will like the beats in songs like weak become heroes and has it come to this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2002
Just like some of the other reviews, I intensly dislike garage - the music and life behind it all. But this album is sheer genius. In one sentence Mike Skinner can sum up more about teenage life in (South) London than So Solid could in a whole album. Every record is intelligent, thought through and well delivered. And in the case of "The Irony of It All", also extremely amusing in places.
Ignore the barriers of what style of music you would normally buy and go and get this album today.
Mike Skinner is best at summing up his own work: "Brace yourself, cos this goes deep," "This ain't your archetypal street sound," and "I excel in content and deliverance." He's right on all three.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2004
What you should have said is, "if you ONLY like rap and hip-hop" do not buy this, yet I still disagree with that more acurate request. I love alot of different styles of hip hop and really dig this album. And it's not just because it is so different and unique, and I'm not some elitest who only considers underground independent music any good. This is simply an excellent album. The production matches the vocals, and alot of hip hop albums lack such agreement. And the lyrics are refreshingly straight forward, with no fluff. Many hip hop heads today only consider a rapper's use of big words and clever wordplay and then call the ensuing stream of obscurity poetry. I too appreciate this style but it is far from any good poetry ive read lately, which isn't accomplished through the use of awkward unfamiliar wording but rather a culmination of subtleties who's list is to lengthy to go over here. My point is Skinner touches on many of these aspects. And lastly my favorite quality of this album is Mike Skinner's cadence, completely original and highly infectious. So in closing, please disregard above negative reviews, hell, ignore this one if you like,(reviews are hard to make anything but subjective) but i can leave you with this, if you consider yourself one who has a truly ecletic taste, this album is definitely worth picking up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 May 2002
Original Pirate Material - quite literally a serious contender for the greatest album this year. From start to finish, this modernist realist genre of poetry set to some brilliant garage beats is encapsulating. I feel as though I am insulting Mike Skinner when I compare him to Eminem, but this album is a breath of fresh air to the UK dance scene, much in the same way Eminem was to US rap culture. Do not be put off by this album being branded UK Garage; this is worlds away from "They Don't Know" by So Solid. This is genuine emerging raw talent. In my opinion, a great album is not a collection of great tracks, infact I'd struggle to name a track which stands out for me on this album. Perhaps Skinner himself makes my point more succinctly when he describes "let's push things forward" as a "movement" rather than a track. This is a complete work made up of smaller parts, rather than vice versa. Whether a UK Garage enthusiast or not, I would challenge anybody to defy the genius of this work. Everybody knows that the future of dance music always comes from the streets. Now the future of dance music is The Streets. A major talent has arrived.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2003
I bought this CD after listening to some of his tracks and then came here and read some reviews, which gently persuaded me to get it. Thank god i did, this is a great album, there are some great lyrics on it not forgetting the background beats.
The thing I like about this album is the great variety of tracks, they have all individually got something to offer and theres a range of different genres, so theres something for everyone
Skinners lyrics make this album, its just pure originality and pure genius - GET IT.
I think what's so attractive is that the lyrics ring true for many people and most people can relate to a lot of what he's saying
To summarise a great album, if u are thinking of getting it do, the only thing I would say is that if you are easily offended perhaps steer clear as some of the lyrics can be a bit crude
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2004
'Original Pirate Material' is NOT a CD that you're going to adore the very first time you listen to it. When I first heard my older brother playing it non-stop I couldn't actually have hated it more. However I then started to like one song, then another, and another, until it was me who was listening to it non-stop. 'Original Pirate Material' is an album that grows on you as you listen to it more, so don't be suprised if you despise it a first like me. Now it is definately one of my favourite albums ever and I believe that literally there is not a bad song on it. 'Turn the Page' is an amazing track to begin the album with, brilliantly introducing Mike Skinner's unique stlye of music, and every song from then on is a masterpiece in itself, all the way through to 'Stay Poisitve'. This isn't an easy listening album, you really have to listen to the excellent poetic words in each & every song. My personal favourite tracks on the album are 'Turn the Page', 'Let's Push Things Foward', 'Same Old Thing' and 'Stay Postive'. But then there's the hilarious 'The Irony of it All' an 'Too Much Brandy' and the dark yet meaningful 'Weak Become Heroes' and the classice 'Don't Mug Yourself'. The problem is you really cant pick out any favourite tracks as they are all fantastic. You have to buy this album, you really do. Go on, you know you want to.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2003
This CD should have been up for the Turner prize, as art that actually means something is hard to come by these days. It is also rare in that it completely lives up to the hype surrounding it. This is an album that can be enjoyed by fans of all musical genres.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 24 April 2002
Right from the very first track, Mike Skinner grips the listener, with his powerful lyrics and soft beatlines. The industry class him as a garage act, but don't be fooled, its not your usual garage album. In fact, when listening to some tracks, you will swear its not garage. A classic blend of soft beatlines, hip-hop, garage meets ballad.
A true classic, which will appeal to all types of people. This guy will be a huge star.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2002
I'm sorry, but this album is possibly the best in the world. I'm a Rock Fan, i hate Garage. I came across this guy on Steve Lamacq's Evening Session on Radio 1. His First Two singles are poor in my opinion. However "Let's Push Things Forwards", "Stay Positive", "Too Much Brandy" and "Irony of it all" Are some of the best songs ever. Well worth the money. Buy it people!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2003
to put things into perspective i am a guy that loves punk rock, hip hop and some r'n'b and i dont like dance music at all but somehow Original pirate material found its way into my car cd player and hasnt left for over a month now, its completely different to anything else that i own but it is also one of the best albums i own, im not going to suddenly start clubbing or buying garage and dance albums but the streets have certainley opened my eyes to different genres of music. I hope to see what else they have to offer very soon.
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