Ranking our favourite albums from The Streets’ illustrious back catalogue
6. Everything is Borrowed (2008)
In sixth place is Everything is Borrowed, Released in 2008, this album definitely has a more laid back sound than the other albums. ‘Everything is Borrowed’ and ‘The Escapist’ still remains pretty memorable.
5. Computer and Blues (2011)
Released in 2011, Computer and Blues has a slightly different sound to the rest of The Streets albums. For example, the track ‘Going Through Hell’ is full of pretty cool guitar riffs but is lacking in the hip-hop sound that The Streets are best known for. Not my personal favourite album but still pretty good.
4. None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive (2020)
None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive was released in 2020, I’m putting this in fourth place as there are some pretty decent features (Tame Impala, Ms Banks, Greentea Peng) and Mike Skinner sticks to what he is best known for: relatable and witty lyrics. “I know you’re so broke you’re having sleep for dinner” and “she talks about her ex so much even I miss him” feature on the track ‘You can’t afford me’.
3. The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living (2006)
Released in 2006, The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living received mixed reviews when released, however, I think there are some memorable tracks on this album. For example, in Never Went To Church which is a dedication to Mike Skinner’s late Father, the chord progression is similar to that of The Beatles ‘Let It Be’ and definitely a track worth checking out. ‘Prangin’ Out’ is also worth a mention too, and if you haven’t heard Pete Doherty’s cover then you should really check it out.
2. Original Pirate Material (2002)
Original Pirate Material was The Streets’ debut released in 2002. Original Pirate Material was an era-defining album, with influences of UK garage, hip-hop, and dubstep, along with Mike Skinner’s witty and almost satirical lyrics this album was a huge success and still continues to be influential. A honourable mention of this album is ‘The Irony of It All’ which is The Streets take on modern Britain.
1. A Grand Don’t Come For Free (2004)
Well it was always going to be a close call between Original Pirate Material and A Grand Don’t Come For Free, but for me A Grand Don’t Come For Free takes the top spot. It has the classic The Streets sound of UK garage and hip-hop production, and similar to Original Pirate Material Mike Skinner makes mundane stories about ordinary life like going to the pub and being skint sound almost romanticised. This album features some of The Streets most iconic songs such as ‘Dry Your Eyes’ and ‘Blinded by the Lights’ and overall is just an amazing album.
What makes Mike Skinner such a great writer is his honesty and down to earth lyrics. If you go through and listen to The Streets discography I’m almost certain you’ll find a song that you can relate to.
Words by Holly Sawal