everything is borrowed Listening to one of Mike Skinner's albums has always felt like getting cornered at your local pub by a highly voluble English regular. The pint-sipping… everything is borrowed Listening to one of Mike Skinner's albums has always felt like getting cornered at your local pub by a highly voluble English regular. The pint-sipping… 2008-10-07 The Streets Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

everything is borrowed (2008)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Oct 07, 2008; Lead Performance: The Streets; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Listening to one of Mike Skinner's albums has always felt like getting cornered at your local pub by a highly voluble English regular. The pint-sipping poet's in a thoughtful mood this time on everything is borrowed: He relates a moving parable about a man contemplating suicide, denounces religious hypocrisy, and generally mulls over the evanescent nature of human experience. Yet Skinner's laugh-out- loud curmudgeonly wit makes sure the conversation never turns too maudlin. And his backing tracks incorporate more live instrumentation, adding some much-needed musical warmth to complement his lyrics' newfound depth. A–
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Originally posted Oct 07, 2008 Published in issue #1016 Oct 17, 2008 Order article reprints
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