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on 11 May 2004
In these dark musical days, when pop, soul, r&b and rock are dominated by indistinguishable, cookie-cutter acts who rip off older, better music in an increasingly frenetic whirl of "nostalgia" and "retro-style" there aren't enough bands willing to do original things. And of that small percentage even fewer can combine originality with moments of genius.
The Streets are golden. Mike Skinner should be cherished.
If anything, A Grand Don't Come for Free is even better than Original Pirate Material. "Get out of my house" and "What is he thinking" aren't just cracking songs (and they are) they are songs unlike anything you've heard before. Yeah, it's short on what you might strictly call tunes (though "Dry Your Eyes" proves the man can do it) but it is compulsive listening.
Like a soap opera without the soap, or the opera, this is feels real, feels exciting, and best of all, it feels original.