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Original Pirate Material

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modern day classic

If you want to get to know THE STREETS, this is the album. It really is a master piece, a modern day classic in its own right. Every track different, every song and lyric perfected. Its raw, its edgy, and it is a sound ALL of its own. And that is why Mike Skinner is a genius.

Entertainment Weekly's Album of the Year for 2002

The word classic gets thrown around for every two-bit wag nowadays, sadly. "Original Pirate Material" truly IS a classic album. Entertainment Weekly named it their album of the year in 2002 (it was released in the UK long before 2004). Rolling Stone, Spin Magazine, The New York Times, Blender, USA Today and the LA Times all nominated it as one of the albums of the year, as well.

A Shot from the Dark

In 2002 "Pirate Material" dropped seemingly out of nowhere. It is easily one of the best albums of the early 21st century, but an independent release with little fanfare didn't help sell copies. Now that the Streets has become a household name in England, it's time to revisit Mike Skinner's fearless first album. "Turn the Page" reveals the lad's vulnerability but also showcases his gift for metaphor. Nearly all the tracks are excellent and interesting, but strung together they create something truly special. Skinner's ability to find words for everyday peoples' problems is remarkable. He's a rabble rouser, an intellectual, an amateur philosopher, and a big-hearted youth. Like his second album "A Grand Don't Come For Free," "Pirate Material" is a showcase for Skinner's narrative style. The Streets has been my favorite artist since I picked up this album, and it rewards like few others do upon further listening.

Biography

Born: November 27, 1978 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Mike Skinner's recordings as the Streets marked the first attempt to add a degree of social commentary to Britain's party-hearty garage/2-step (and later grime) movement. Skinner, a Birmingham native who later ventured to the capital, was an outsider in the garage scene, though his initial recordings appeared on Locked On, the premiere source for speed garage and, later, 2-step from 1998 to the end of the millennium. He spent time growing up in North London as well as Birmingham, and listened first...
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