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5.0 out of 5 stars
A Great Follow Up and Totally Rewarding, 7 Sept. 2004
The Street's have followed up the ground breaking debut 'Original Pirate Material' with an album that proves once again great music doesn't have to manufactured.
The greatest strength of the album is that it's challenging. When you first listen you hear a range of eclectic beats that are unlike the majority of music around, but over this is the clarity and honesty of the lyrics.
The Streets could have easily made money producing an album which was a copy of their first, instead they have produced a concpet album that is hugely rewarding.
The album plays out as a story and this focus and theme gives every song a relevance few albums can match. The album moves from attraction to pain and from party highs to depressing lows, yet all through keeps away from the cliched and cheesy.
Whilst this album must be looked at as a whole this does not mean there are not stand out songs, 'Blinded By The Lights', 'Fit But You Know It' and 'Dry Your Eyes' are tracks that engage and connect instantly with the listener.
Many people claim that there are not enough 'classics' on this album, but they miss the point. In a world where producing and marketing a single to be number 1 for one week is the measure of success, The Streets have produced an album where the sum of its parts create a classic and an pivotable album in British Urban music