Mike Skinner (aka The Streets) did it again! After waiting a long time and hearing the single “When you wasn’t famous” over and over his new CD, entitled “The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living” got released!
Okay, so I’m there giving the disc a spin for the first time some fine tunes had flown throughout my speakers. Lots of emo-like songs on the disc varied with some really hard ones … where this release its predecessor “A Grand Don’t Come For Free” had some softer songs, it is now 50/50. Have to listen to the disc some more to make a real judgment though. Didn’t have the time to listen the lyrics intensively, but so far they all rock! “The thing that’s got it all fucked up now is camera phones. How the hell am I supposed to be able to do a line in front of complete strangers when I know they’ve all got camera phones?” is (in)famous since the release of the single. One thing that really got my attention was Skinner stating “Did you know cigarette lighters were invented before matches?”. After googling a bit, it indeed is true!
The modern match was invented by British chemist John Walker in 1827. The cigarette lighter was invented 11 years prior in 1816 by a German chemist named J.W. Dobereiner.
To me, I still think that his first release “Original Pirate Material” remains the mother of all releases: it’s just TIGHT in all aspects … but then, I’ll have to listen to this realease a bit more to appreciate it fully.
Update “the day after”: The disc just kept on looping and looping and looping … “The Hardest way to make an easy living” really is a true beauty!