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  • Summary: This is the debut album by the London garage (or in this case, bedroom) band, which consists solely of 21-year-old Mike Skinner. Whether or not this style of music (very English rapping over garage/house beats) will translate well overseas remains to be seen, but garage (and especially Skinner) is the current flavor of the month with the UK music press. Expand
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
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  1. Original Pirate Material, to put it plainly, is the most vivid evocation of life as a young person in the UK since Blur's Parklife, and yes, even The Clash's first album.
  2. 90
    It's his lyrical earnestness that makes his decidedly British experience so universally appealing. [Nov 2002, p.76]
  3. On the evidence of this excellent debut, few people can challenge Skinner right now except himself.
  4. While Original Pirate Material isn't as good as the U.K. press hyperbole would have us believe, it does prove that sentiment and sincerity are more interesting than slickness and skills. [Dec 2002, p.96]
  5. 70
    The Streets' novel pairing of dance music and wordplay hits the mark more often than not, and it's a step in a potentially interesting direction. [Nov 2002, p.93]

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  2. Negative: 10 out of 136
  1. Oct 17, 2012
    Very inventive and unique sound mixed with some very British vocals make this an interesting listen for Americans such as myself. Worth listening to!

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