The Streets Everything is Borrowed
- Words: Cameron Macdonald
- Label: Vice
- XLR8R Rating: 6.5/10
Mike Skinner is turning 30 this year and he's already hit his midlife crisis. Six years ago, the rapper/street poet raised a pint to the British teenage wasteland; now he's a graying curmudgeon watching the world go on without him. "Just when I discover the meaning of life/They change it," he laments on the title track. Elsewhere, he breaks bread with the damned and tells them, "I want to go to Heaven for the weather/And Hell for the company," while he daydreams of paradises lost in the eloquent closer, "The Escapist." Unfortunately, The Streets' formula of choppy garage breaks and Greek chorus vocals are recycled again and rendered less memorable. However, Skinner is still a mature, agile storyteller who rarely wastes a lyric–he's come a long way from rapping about PlayStations and brandy binges.
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