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A Grand Don't Come for Free [Parental Advisory]
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Album: A Grand Don't Come for Free
# Song Title   Time
1)    It Was Supposed to Be So Easy More Info... 0:04
2)    Could Well Be In More Info... 0:04
3)    Not Addicted More Info... 0:03
4)    Blinded By the Lights More Info... 0:04
5)    Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way More Info... 0:04
6)    Get Out of My House More Info... 0:04
7)    Fit But You Know It More Info... 0:04
8)    Such a Twat More Info... 0:03
9)    What Is He Thinking? More Info... 0:04
10)    Dry Your Eyes More Info... 0:04
11)    Empty Cans More Info... 0:08
 

Album: A Grand Don't Come for Free
# Song Title   Time
1)    It Was Supposed to Be So Easy More Info... 0:04
2)    Could Well Be In More Info... 0:04
3)    Not Addicted More Info... 0:03
4)    Blinded By the Lights More Info... 0:04
5)    Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way More Info... 0:04
6)    Get Out of My House More Info... 0:04
7)    Fit But You Know It More Info... 0:04
8)    Such a Twat More Info... 0:03
9)    What Is He Thinking? More Info... 0:04
10)    Dry Your Eyes More Info... 0:04
11)    Empty Cans More Info... 0:08
 
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Tracks

1. It Was Supposed To Be So Easy

2. Could Well Be In

3. Not Addicted

4. Blinded By The Lights

5. Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way

6. Get Out Of My House

7. Fit But You Know It

8. Such A Tw*T

9. What Is He Thinking?

10. Dry Your Eyes

11. Empty Cans

Performer Notes
  • The Streets: Mike Skinner.
  • The Streets (Producer): Mike Skinner (vocals).
  • Personnel: William Nichols, C-Mone, Teddy Mitchell, Johnny Jenkins, Wayne G (vocals); Gita Langley (violin); Morgan Nicholls (piano); Sam Blewitt, Tony Walters, Lorraine McIntosh (background vocals).
  • Additional personnel: Morgan Nicholls (piano, bass instrument); C-Mone, Teddy Mitchell, Johnny Jenkins, Leo Ihenacho, Jacqueline Rawe (background vocals); Tony Walters.
  • Mike Skinner (AKA the Streets) opens his second record, A GRAND DON'T COME FOR FREE, with "It Was Supposed to Be So Easy," an elaborate story about the difficulties of returning a DVD to a rental shop. This everyday-yet-engaging tale conveys the essence of the lad who took British rap to a new level with his debut, ORIGINAL PIRATE MATERIAL, paving the way for the success of artists such as Ms. Dynamite and Dizzee Rascal.
  • Like his first outing, A GRAND DON'T COME FOR FREE is packed with Skinner's earnest, unfiltered monologues, related over pulsing beats and a surprising number of melodic hooks. His stories are glorious capsules of his life's minutiae, and observations on women, love, and society are voiced in a casual tone as if sitting over pints at the pub or talking on the phone. In fact, on one track, the beat drops, and he goes on about his cell phone, and how he has "to stand in a certain spot in [his] kitchen or it cuts out." A GRAND DON'T COME FOR FREE feels, in fact, like a satisfying late-night phone call from a longtime friend who can manage to make every story interesting, no matter how mundane.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.152) - Included in Rolling Stone's Top 50 Records Of 2004 - "It's a torrent of urgent British slang, twitchy rock loops and half-accidental rhymes..."

Spin (p.67) - Ranked #7 in Spin's "40 Best Albums of the Year" - "[A] gripping headphone-movie about lost love, broken appliances and mislaid funds."

Q (p.92) - 5 stars out of 5 - "[A] spoken word opera, or a short story with an exquisitely crafted pop soundtrack. A GRAND DON'T COME FOR FREE is also the best album of 2004 so far, and by some distance."

Uncut (p.86) - 5 stars out of 5 - "[A]n album which strides out of the garage and re-engages with the world. It is an essential listen for anyone interested in where music might take them."

Uncut (p.75) - Ranked #7 in Uncut's "Best New Albums of 2004" - "The world's first 'garage opera' is a stroke of genius..."

Magnet (p.109) - "Skinner has gone from likeable scamp to sympathetic lead, and GRAND's greatest revelation is how totally plausible Skinner is when he's being serious."

Vibe (p.154) - 3 1/2 out of 5 - "[T]he real joy is in Streets' off-the-wall musicality and down-to-earth cockney flow."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]his shudders and sidesteps at an R&B pace....Credit Skinner for pushing things forward; he remains one of the most compelling voices in British pop culture."
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