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Generally favorable reviews- based on 203 Ratings

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  • Summary: Mike Skinner returns with the inenviable job of following up his genre-smashing debut 'Original Pirate Material,' which was an enormous critical and commercial hit in the UK and paved the way for the success of later acts such as Dizzee Rascal.
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Skinner has often been declared the Eminem of British rap. But on A Grand..., he proves that if anything, he's British hip-hop's answer to master storyteller Ray Davies, or maybe idiot savant Brian Wilson.
  2. The best album of 2004 so far, and by some distance. [Jun 2004, p.92]
  3. 100
    An essential listen for anyone interested in where music might take them. [Jun 2004, p.86]
  4. Skinner seems both edgier and more contemplative.
  5. This makes engrossing listening if the effort suits you, but it's useless as background music.
  6. 80
    The exact opposite of background music, A Grand Don’t Come for Free demands the same attention as a movie, and that’s why some people will hate it while others will find it uniquely riveting.
  7. Is both simpler--in sound and scope--than Pirate and much more ambitious. [27 May 2004, p.80]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 127
  1. LaviniaH
    Jan 19, 2007
    10
    loved it
  2. BryanF
    Nov 11, 2004
    10
    This album was great!
  3. critic.xhost.ro
    Aug 7, 2005
    10
    the whole album story is greatly depicted, very nice tracks and awesome beats, esp "blinded by the light" and "dry your eyes"
  4. JasonT
    May 30, 2004
    9
    Doesn't have the stand out tracks of Original Pirate Material, but still is a great collection of musings. "Empty Cans" is a brilliant record.
  5. AlexP
    Jun 12, 2007
    9
    Americans don't get this record. LOL at Americans.
  6. Smenkharon
    May 19, 2004
    8
    Very good, more of a cohesive album than his debut but not as many killer individual songs.
  7. stevem
    Sep 7, 2004
    0
    I hope my vote brings down the overall score for this terrible album. It's a shame I beleived waht was written in these high-score I hope my vote brings down the overall score for this terrible album. It's a shame I beleived waht was written in these high-score reviews for A Grand.... after listening to it, I 100% disagree with all of them. Come on people, you made me waste my money on a crap album. You're suppose to critics, not lemmings. Expand

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