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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