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MTV emo's bastard children, a seriously boring rehash of old ideas from another in seemingly endless groups of guys in tight jeans.
10 Apr 2007
In many respects, fame has not changed Mike Skinner: he's still charismatic, he's still insecure, and he's still just as messily pessimistic.
27 Apr 2006
Like Leigh's film High Hopes, like Pulp's Different Class, A Grand Don't Come For Free is a superb, perceptive portrait of everyday British life, completely devoid of any pretentiousness, and musically, though his beats are toned down, it cements Skinner's status as a true original in UK music.
13 May 2004
A Grand Don't Come for Free is a masterpiece that makes other albums -- the gray multitude of discs that fit neatly into a single genre or slap together a dozen thematically unrelated songs -- seem like so many broken TVs.
25 Mar 2004
"Give Me My Lighter Back" and "All Got Our Runnins" are every bit as strong as anything on Original Pirate Material, so if you're skeptical about downloading the new songs, fearing that it's either left over scraps from the OPM sessions or quickly tossed off B-side type material, fear not, it's top-notch stuff.
17 Nov 2003
And if Skinner isn't an innovator, he is at least one of the most endearing musical personalities to come along in many years: he's tough but vulnerable, slangy but somehow correct, down with the homeys but strangely removed from it all.
07 Nov 2002
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