Chilled-out philosophies

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 November, 2008, 12:00am

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The fourth, and allegedly penultimate album from garage geezer Mike Skinner, better known as The Streets, Everything is Borrowed is a chilled-out collection of poetry set to music.

The album is a philosophical look at life, especially compared to the last album The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living, a directionless commentary on life as a nouveau celeb.

The opening and title track reminds us of the fleeting quality of life and the triviality of belongings, with lines like 'I came to this world with nothing/And I leave with nothing but love/Everything else is just borrowed.'

While many of the sentiments are similar - enjoy life, take risks, take whatever life throws at you - there is a mix of musical genres.

Skinner includes everything from the fun, hippy vibe of Heaven For the Weather, which contains the beautifully tongue-in-cheek lines 'I want to go to Heaven for the weather/But Hell for the company', and the jazz piano supporting the self-pitying lyrics of I Love You More, to the rock guitar riffs of On the Flip of a Coin and On the Edge of a Cliff and the groovy bassline of The Sherry End.

Melodically, this is nothing special - the rapper speaks most of his lines and painfully squeezes out a few notes - but Skinner certainly has a way with words.