The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living

Album Review of The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living by The Streets.

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The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living

The Streets

The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living by The Streets

Release Date: Apr 25, 2006
Record label: Vice / 679
Genre(s): Indie, Rap

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The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living - Mediocre, Based on 2 Critics

AllMusic - 60
Based on rating 6/10
60

Apparently, success has spoiled Mike Skinner. It's a common problem among artists who are also working-class social critics; if they become successful, it's increasingly difficult to go back to the well when everything they've used for material changes drastically -- friends and lovers, home life, work life and social life. The wallflower who could study his subjects for hours suddenly lacks for good material when he's the center of attention.

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The Guardian - 40
Based on rating 2/5
40

The last time we heard from Mike Skinner, he was in his living room. There he sat, at the end of 2004's concept album A Grand Don't Come for Free, basking in the afterglow of a party, toasting his good fortune in finding that the £1,000 he had presumed stolen had merely fallen down the back of his television set. As plot twists go, it wasn't exactly The Usual Suspects, but it scarcely mattered: Skinner had manipulated the listener's emotions so skilfully over the preceding hour that you felt delighted things had turned out all right for him.

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