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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 219 Ratings

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  • Summary: Mike Skinner returns with the inenviable job of following up his genre-smashing debut 'Original Pirate Material,' which was an enormous critical and commercial hit in the UK and paved the way for the success of later acts such as Dizzee Rascal.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Skinner has often been declared the Eminem of British rap. But on A Grand..., he proves that if anything, he's British hip-hop's answer to master storyteller Ray Davies, or maybe idiot savant Brian Wilson.
  2. Q Magazine
    100
    The best album of 2004 so far, and by some distance. [Jun 2004, p.92]
  3. Uncut
    100
    An essential listen for anyone interested in where music might take them. [Jun 2004, p.86]
  4. Skinner seems both edgier and more contemplative.
  5. This makes engrossing listening if the effort suits you, but it's useless as background music.
  6. 80
    The exact opposite of background music, A Grand Don’t Come for Free demands the same attention as a movie, and that’s why some people will hate it while others will find it uniquely riveting.
  7. Rolling Stone
    70
    Is both simpler--in sound and scope--than Pirate and much more ambitious. [27 May 2004, p.80]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 129
  1. LaviniaH
    Jan 19, 2007
    10
    loved it
  2. AbiC
    Nov 1, 2004
    10
    this album is truly original and uniqe i give it 10 out of ten because i am totally in love with this album.
  3. critic.xhost.ro
    Aug 7, 2005
    10
    the whole album story is greatly depicted, very nice tracks and awesome beats, esp "blinded by the light" and "dry your eyes"
  4. DaveV
    May 27, 2004
    9
    It took guts to make a concept album in the genre, great stuff
  5. AlexP
    Jun 12, 2007
    9
    Americans don't get this record. LOL at Americans.
  6. Smenkharon
    May 19, 2004
    8
    Very good, more of a cohesive album than his debut but not as many killer individual songs.
  7. stevem
    Sep 7, 2004
    0
    I hope my vote brings down the overall score for this terrible album. It's a shame I beleived waht was written in these high-score I hope my vote brings down the overall score for this terrible album. It's a shame I beleived waht was written in these high-score reviews for A Grand.... after listening to it, I 100% disagree with all of them. Come on people, you made me waste my money on a crap album. You're suppose to critics, not lemmings. Expand

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