The Streets - Everything is Borrowed (3 stars)

The Streets - Everything is Borrowed

The Streets - Everything is Borrowed (sixsevenine)

Mike Skinner might be one of the finest pop artists of our generation, but there’s no escaping the fact that his fourth album is a real disappointment. Certain passages of it might well grow over time, yet the suspicion is that it’s just too damn cheerful to stand up alongside his best. The first thought on hearing ‘Heaven For the Weather’, for example, is that it sounds like an S Club cast-off, while ‘I Love You More (Than You Like Me)’ seems lightweight and inconsequential.

‘The Way of the Dodo’ is also a tritely cack-handed ecological warning. But it’s not all bad. ‘The Sherry End’ sets up a funksome New York hip hop motif, while ‘The Escapist’ and the title track more successfully sum up the album’s relaxed mood. If the next album really is the last, hopefully it will be much better than this one.

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