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  • Audio CD (25 April 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Vice
  • ASIN: B000EQ46KA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 494,133 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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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Streets ~ Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living

BBC Review

In a world obsessed with the minutiae of D-list 'stars' and their tragi-comic dysfunctionalism, who needs another autobiographical album whinging about the hardships of success? Luckily Mike Skinner, the man who is The Streets, has a more perceptive and honest eye than most.

Filled with tales of self-loathing, drug abuse and the creative wasteland of fame, you might expect The Hardest Way... to be devoid of laughs. Not a chance; songs like "When You Wasn't Famous" (don't snort coke in front of the camera phones, starlets!), and "Memento Mori" (the best retail therapy song, ever) show Mike can still find comedy among the chaos.

His serious points - particularly on "Two Nations" and "Never Went To Church" - seem a little at odds with the very (self-imposed) disposable nature of his work, and his Eminem-style use of nursery rhyme tunes can pall over a whole album. Yet at 39 minutes Skinner's already learned that less is more. And that honesty is still the best policy in the fight against mediocrity. --Chris Jones

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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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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 sure but Eminem is Eminem, I'm happy with being Original me. This idea of whats British is a load of b@@@@@@ you have Americans adopting English accents taking about American issues and they don't get cussed bascically its overly patriotic and petty I still have to renew my british passport.. there you go. This album has all great songs, I think the album was let down by Streets when he exposed the When Famous Song part though its catchy truly, the lyrics are very powerful I think he could have handled it a little different but then I hope that's the streets and not Eminem!!!, the production is really good. And I don't care fame is overrated even for the sake of having something to write about it. But due to the fact that its comical and a little sentimental I think its a pretty good effort
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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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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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A lot will be written about how bad this album is. About how Mike Skinner has lost his way. About how he has let fame go to his head.

I will disagree with all of it.

With The Streets, Mike Skinner has always told it how it is. He's a chronicler. A modern day Shakespeare. An observer of today's society and more importantly, its youth culture.

But he's no longer the poor, anoynmous, everyday geezer. He's now a very rich and very visible man. And if he had tried to write another album about how much it sucks being broke, no doubt the derision and cynicism would have been even sharper, had Mike attempted to spin such yarns with a bulging wallet sticking out of his inside coat pocket.

The fact of the matter is, this album is just as observant and just as 'real' as his previous two stellar works. As NME said in their review, "it is an album about fame that people who aren't famous can relate to". How true. Because this album explores the question that we have all asked at one time or another. What would life be like if I had a lot of money, and were really quite visible?

For me, what makes this album work is that there is no disconnect between Mike and myself. Never once does it come across like the musings of a pampered celebrity, who considers himself to be above my lowly station in life. He's still the geezer. That guy that you know from across the road. You know the type. The one that has all the witty anecdotes, knows a million funny stories and always has a clever scheme on the go. His personality hasn't changed. Only his day-to-day realities.

The album still sports scenarios that we can all relate to.
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