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  • Summary: Mike Skinner has said this fourth album would be his second-to-last album as The Streets.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. His backing tracks incorporate more live instrumentation, adding some much-needed musical warmth to complement his lyrics' newfound depth.
  2. Each listen reveals more light and shade, reaffirming Skinner's position as one of Britain's truly interesting stars.
  3. Everything Is Borrowed is a neat about-face, a record that couldn't be more different from its predecessor. Sincere, considered, and poignant, Everything Is Borrowed finds Skinner remaining one of the foremost lyricists in pop music, and so much the better when the focus of his sharp writing is the struggle of weighty concepts instead of flimsy celebrity.
  4. Like the core message of Everything Is Borrowed, this album will, unfortunately, come and go soon enough, little trace left behind.
  5. Everything in the entire album is really just catching up to Skinner's words.
  6. In the end, though, Everything Is Borrowed's musical high points aren't enough to save it from its lyric sheet, and that, going forward, constitutes a real problem for Skinner.
  7. The result is like a musical cab ride from hell, a forty-minute endurance test of half-baked cockney cod-philosophy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. LeahT.
    Oct 16, 2008
    A Much better album than what some critics are saying...a few moments of sheer brilliance are here.
  2. ed
    Oct 8, 2008
    With soaring positivity, subtle arrangements and Skinner's trademark simplistic honesty, this is marked improvement over THWTMAEL, but falls short of his first two classics. Expand
  3. oldhollywood
    Oct 16, 2008
    Eminem and his white-trash rhymes gave the white rapper a bad name. One got the feeling that Dr. Dre was just patronizing the dude from Detroit with all those circus beats and kiddie videos. Fortunately, acts like the Beastie Boys, House of Pain, and Bubba Sparxxx have established a solid enough foundation for white MCs that no one dud can bring down the whole lot. The man of the moment is Mike Skinner, aka The Streets. Emerging from the UK's grimecore scene with Dizzee Rascal, The Streets broke out by documenting the formerly mundane elements of everyday life behind garage beats and the Rn'B prowess of hook-singer Leo the Lion. While The Streets' debut in 2002 was a hit, their albums have gotten better with every turn, including a concept album in 2004's A Grand Don't Come for Free and 2006's decadent The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living. Leo the Lion is no where to be found on Everything is Borrowed, as Skinner has assumed almost all of the responsibility for singing the hooks now. It's cool to hear Skinner's singing voice grow stronger from some pitchy moments on Grand to competent performances on new tracks like 'The Way of the Dodo'. But Skinner's bread and butter is his lyrics and there are some classic moments on Borrowed like 'Heaven for the Weather'. There's a lot more live instrumentation this time too, like some great reggae-tinged guitar on 'Never Give In'. Lily Allen shows up on the title track. 'The Sherry End' has a nice 70s retro feel like something from a lost episode of Charlie's Angels. Borrowed is The Streets' strongest production to date. A lot of reviews have cited the new album's introspective flavor. And while there are some sensitive songs like 'Strongest Person I Know', there are plenty of lyrical hints that The Streets haven't totally mellowed out. Expand
  4. RedP.
    Oct 8, 2008
    What the hell, Pitchfork gave this 4.8 but Metacritic lists their rating as 6.4.... what gives? Anyway, this is some of the most blatantly sentimental and cliched music I've ever heard. Think Anthony Robbins set to music. Expand