|Be With Records
Release Date: 23 June 2014
Format: LP Double Vinyl
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|The Streets A Grand Donít Come For Free Limited 180gram Vinyl 2LP Set
Upon its release 10 years ago, The Streets second album, A Grand Donít Come For Free was instantly hailed as another masterpiece to equal his initial clarion call, Original Pirate Material. Unavailable on vinyl for the best part of the intervening decade, Be With Records marks its second release by issuing Mike Skinnerís electronic soap opera on this format.
Whereas Original Pirate Material was a record that garnered acclaim from the electronic/dance fraternity and the forward-thinking wings of the rock/mainstream press, A Grand Donít Come For Free swept the board in prompting critical praise.
This was the album that saw Skinner compared to the likes of Ray Davies and Paul Weller in evoking the glorious mess of everyday life. A striking concept album set to an inventive sonic backdrop, the seemingly prosaic tale of a young man unlucky in love (and, so it seems, money) is brought brilliantly to life in a barrage of astute lyrics, lurid tales and memorable hooks.
Deservedly awarded a 9.1 review from Pitchfork, the record sees Skinner reveal his most vulnerable self: Dry Your Eyes and Blinded By The Lights, in particular, manage to articulate painfully familiar feelings that appeal to music fans of every hue. This record marked Skinnerís creative peak, received international acclaim and, thanks to its distinctiveness, propelled its maker to the top of the musical tree.
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 Twat
9. What Is He Thinking?
10. Dry Your Eyes
11. Empty Cans