Computers & Blues

Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. Mojo
    Apr 4, 2011
    60
    It's a fine bookend for a man who defined one parochial corner of the music world. [Mar 2011, p.96]
  2. 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.
  3. Feb 15, 2011
    60
    Computers and Blues is inimitable, flawed, and perhaps a suitable way to bow out.
  4. Feb 18, 2011
    59
    Overall, Skinner sounds bored and tired of himself-in short, ready to move on.
  5. Feb 28, 2011
    57
    A collection of lesser beats and hooks that somewhat returns to Original Pirate Material's sonics, Computers and Blues sadly trades that record's wonderful sense of place for a foggy vagueness that leaves Skinner's insights mostly impenetrable.
  6. Mar 29, 2011
    50
    In the end, the album is a collection of songs, mostly good, some indifferent, and all a hundred times more honest than, say, Rihanna. But it's all really to no transcendent purpose.
  7. Feb 15, 2011
    50
    Computers and Blues, ultimately, just passes the test with a studious recount. It is neither atrociously bad nor staggeringly good: no stand-outs, no teeth-clenching clunkers. It is just okay.
  8. Uncut
    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]
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. 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. Full Review »
  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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »