Computers & Blues

The Streets

Computers & Blues

Fifth and final album of hip-hop / garage from Birmingham-born rapper Mike Skinner

ADM rating[?]

6.6

Label
Atlantic
UK Release date
07/02/2011
US Release date
15/02/2011
  1. 9.0 |   BBC

    He may just have produced his best album
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  2. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    A more mellow, almost mature spin on the life of Mr. Skinner
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  3. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    A fitting end to any act's career; life-affirming, triumphant, reconciling and best of all, a novel turn from Mike Skinner
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  4. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Skinner’s self-appointed role as working-class bard remains valid, making Computers and Blues as dignified a “last album” as could be
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  5. 8.0 |   FasterLouder

    Concept or not, this is a great record in itself, a strong return to form after two underwhelming records
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  6. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    There's an unmistakeable last-day-of-term feel, but when he does shut up shop for the last time on Lock the Locks, there's the sense of a brilliantly executed project cancelled before it started to tread water
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  7. 8.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    Thematically tight, thought-provoking and packed with tunes, it is, once again, far in advance of most pop in 2011. What a way to go
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  8. 8.0 |   The Observer

    This send-off is much more fun than Skinner led us to expect
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  9. 8.0 |   Q

    The production is rich and expansive, the details well-observed. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   NME

    It's not up there with his early highs, but Mike Skinner's last hurrah bows out with a trademark brazen swagger
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  11. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Hip-hop, it hardly needs saying, is immeasurably poorer for his departure.
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  12. 7.0 |   Clash

    Skinner logs off on a high
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  13. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    A heavy collection of songs with the inimitable Skinner sense of style and substance
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  14. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Even though it’s not quite his best album, Computers and Blues catches the Streets at the best he’s been in years
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  15. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    While there are moments here to remind that he won’t be easily replaced, there are just as many that confirm it’s time to go
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  16. 6.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The record is a bit of a sad affair. Skinner’s punch lines don’t often hit quite like they used to, he sounds tired
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  17. 6.0 |   Rave Magazine

    It’s nothing brilliant, but it’s a comforting reminder that he wasn’t always terrible
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  18. 6.0 |   Mojo

    It's a fine bookend for a man who defined one parochial corner of the music world. Print edition only

  19. 6.0 |   AU Review

    He has always possessed the ability to turn hardened geezers into blubbering fools (see ‘Dry Your Eyes’) and he is at it again on the genuinely affecting ‘Blip On A Screen’
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  20. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    Not some jaded farewell bash nor a desperate last hurrah, but a decent send-off
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  21. 6.0 |   The Fly

    Although we’ll bid The Streets a fond farewell, ‘Computers And Blues’ is all too hit and miss for us
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  22. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Computers and Blues filters its poppy hooks through neat tricks, which when they work – as on Without Thinking – are hard to resist
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  23. 5.7 |   Pitchfork

    Nothing on Computers and Blues rivals even the weakest moments of Skinner's first two albums
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  24. 5.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    More fundamentally challenging and interesting than it is flawed
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  25. 5.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A decidedly modern but ultimately soulless farewell in the process
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  26. 5.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    So long Mike, and thanks for all the brandy
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  27. 5.0 |   The Digital Fix

    This just sounds tame and tired
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  28. 4.0 |   Uncut

    Skinner needs to recapture his hunger. Print edition only

  29. 4.0 |   State

    Although Skinner’s subject matter is still relatively relevant, it seems more like he’s running out of subject matter and is perhaps even a little old for what he’s ‘rapping’ about
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  30. 3.0 |   Entertainment.ie

    Only succeeds in rousing a sigh of relief that this will be Skinner's last in this guise
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