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Generally favorable reviews- based on 200 Ratings

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  1. Apr 17, 2013
    An urban hip-hopera masterpiece. Mike Skinner is a genius when it comes to this type of thing and raps over a series of electronic samples and textures. Standout track is obviously Dry Your Eyes.
  2. Mar 2, 2013
    This album is big in the game! Tells a quality story throughout and tells it from an average person's point of view from getting high to heart break. Quality stuff!
  3. Oct 17, 2012
    Yep this was original stuff and Mike Skinner did blaze a trail for many acts that copied his approach to music. If he didn't single handedly create a genre, he at least should be classed as an innovator. That said, this record has a a handful of pure genius moment, however too many times the lyrics thread old ground and lack cleverness. His style of delivery doesn't work on all the tracks either. This album is well worth a listen - some people absolutely love it, for me I only every go back to a handful of tracks especially "Blinded By the Lights" and "Dry Your Eyes". The album is worth listening through for those two tracks alone. Expand
  4. Aug 15, 2011
    brilliant from beginning to end,that all I need to say.

Universal acclaim - based on 30 Critics

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  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
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  1. 70
    11 frenetic, oddball, and extremely original tracks. [Jun 2004, p.154]
  2. The problem with "A Grand Don't Come for Free" is that the pieces often work better as stories than as songs.... But it is still a thrill to hear Mr. Skinner toy with the form that he invented.
  3. This makes engrossing listening if the effort suits you, but it's useless as background music.