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  • 11/10/2008

The Streets "Everything is Borrowed"

Mike Skinner of The Streets released his fourth album, Everything is Borrowed, in September. The distilled moment at the opening of the album's single, “Everything is Borrowed,” offers the impression of an adolescent kicking rocks along a train track in gray suburbia. Suddenly, low synths begin to speed forward, climbing octaves and growing louder until they emerge as an electric church organ pop melody beneath Skinner’s trademark sing-speak. Unlike his usual cheeky banter, however, the snarky Brit has toned it down lyrically. He investigates deep subjects with thoughtful sincerity: “Just when I discover the meaning of life, they change it… I love the rain on my scars.” Skinner is still fit, but just a little moodier this go around. Lulu McAllister


Average: 7.9 (72 votes)

2 comments Everything is Borrowed

Love it (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 11/11/2008 - 05:35

Whatever this guy plays, even if it si incredible or just normal,people gotta recognize is just one of the best storytellers ever grown

jack from glasgow (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 11/11/2008 - 15:01

Awwww.... little Mikey has grown up on us all. One too many come downs and hes spooting new age, lefty, pseudo self help bs for the masses. It’s all a very tepid and limp. It just doesn’t have as much heart as his other works in this vain. Skinner has always invested a lot of himself and his life in his music and has an admirable lyricism that’s as capable of making you smirk as it is of demonstrating a poetic incite. But here you’re left to deal with his normal tone deaf vocals and school boy MC style without this wide boy charms. The more money Skinner gets to produce his material the further his vital spark slips away. The mans personal charisma and his talent for making material that’s at once unpretentious but profound have carried him so far, but this is an uncharacteristically flat and charmless let down. just but Original Pirate material and avoid this crap.

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