Computers & Blues - The Streets
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  • Summary: Mike Skinner had announced this fifth album would be his last as The Streets.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Feb 15, 2011
    90
    For sheer instant appeal, the winner has to be Cyberspace and Reds, which is clearly one of the most bizarre, absurd, and exhilarating records dropped in 2011, while Computers and Blues requires a great deal of thought and introspection before it can be truly valued.
  2. Feb 15, 2011
    90
    Mike Skinner seems to have produced a funny, sad, emotional, honest album to rank up there with his very finest work, making us fall in love with him all over again, just as he leaves us.
  3. Mar 1, 2011
    80
    His fifth and final Streets album turns into his best since "A Grand Don't Come For Free." [Feb 2011, p.123]
  4. Feb 15, 2011
    70
    It's not unreasonable to assume he's generally hit the mark with Computers and Blues, a heavy collection of songs with the inimitable Skinner sense of style and substance.
  5. This may be a confused record, but it finds its place through a universal truth it manages to hit: so Skinner can't quite find his way in this world: who among us can?
  6. Feb 18, 2011
    60
    The production on this unfocused album is, as usual, nothing mind-blowing. Still, Skinner has an insightful charm and a lyrical gift that makes this a respectable send-off.
  7. Feb 18, 2011
    40
    The fifth and final Streets albums suffers as a result of his self-imposed exile from the hubbub he once chronicled with such verve. [Mar 2011, p.101]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Feb 28, 2011
    10
    talk about a return to form. everyone has an opinion, but for me, this is what the streets were always about; great hooks and greattalk about a return to form. everyone has an opinion, but for me, this is what the streets were always about; great hooks and great observation. the end of an era. long live the streets. Expand
  2. Mar 22, 2011
    8
    A return to form! Skinner sounds like he's having fun again, and even if the album lacks A Grand Don't Come for Free's absorbing cinematicA return to form! Skinner sounds like he's having fun again, and even if the album lacks A Grand Don't Come for Free's absorbing cinematic scope, it is a solid Streets album, funny and poignant in equal measure. Shame he's calling it quits. Expand
  3. Jan 26, 2012
    6
    Thought the album had a strange sound to it which is strangely appealing but this nothing on The Streets previous albums, a littleThought the album had a strange sound to it which is strangely appealing but this nothing on The Streets previous albums, a little disappointed. The album seems to be full of fillers for me with only one outstanding track which is Going Through Hell. Expand
  4. Mar 11, 2011
    4
    What a lacklustre retirement. If Skinner is as bored of the Streets name and intonation, then why bother with a final album? It's the sound ofWhat a lacklustre retirement. If Skinner is as bored of the Streets name and intonation, then why bother with a final album? It's the sound of a former rabble-rouser deserted by his old posse, left alone in his concrete chasm, riffing his own poetry over MySpace friends music output. Expand