If you are familiar with The Streets’ first three albums, you know that Mike Skinner is never shy at voicing his ideologies. Thankfully, that has not changed in his latest album; Everything Is Borrowed is Skinner's most philosophical album yet. While much of Original Pirate Material expressed Skinner’s dislikes and doubts for society, Everything Is Borrowed sees him parading his joys and hopes for life; it has this much-needed positive vibe.
The album opens with an uplifter as Skinner sings about living life to the fullest in the titled track: "I came to this world with nothing / and I leave with nothing but love / everything else is just borrowed." In Heaven For The Weather, he tells us to forget all the primitive concepts of heaven and hell and just be ourselves. He advises us to try new things and live life spontaneously in "On The Flip Of A Coin". Finally, "The Escapist" is a peaceful meditation for the hectic, chaotic, and confusing world we are in; it is one of the most beautiful songs of the year! Mike Skinner has developed from a musician to a true poet! Everything Is Borrowed marks The Streets' second last album and it might be his best. However, it makes me sad that there will only be one more album after this.
Everything Is Borrowed [wicked-cool song]
On The Edge Of A Cliff [wicked-cool song]
The Escapist [super-wicked-cool song]
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