Computers and Blues

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Computers and Blues
Studio album by The Streets
Released 7 February 2011 (UK)
Recorded 2009–2010
Genre UK garage
Alternative hip hop
Electronica
Length 43:23
Label Atlantic
Producer Mike Skinner
The Streets chronology
Cyberspace and Reds
(2011)
Computers and Blues
(2011)
Singles from Computers and Blues
  1. "Going Through Hell"
    Released: 30 January 2011
  2. "OMG"
    Released: 17 April 2011
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (70/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The A.V Club (B−)[3]
Pitchfork Media (5.7/10)[4]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[5]
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars[6]
The Daily Telegraph 4/5 stars[7]
NME (8/10)[8]
Clash (7/10)[9]
Virgin Media 4/5 stars[10]
Q Magazine 4/5 stars[11]
The Independent 4/5 stars[12]
musicOMH 4.5/5 stars[13]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[14]

Computers and Blues is the fifth album by The Streets and the final one Mike Skinner plans to release under this alias, officially released in the United Kingdom on 7 February 2011. It contains 14 songs, including an appearance from British singer-songwriter Clare Maguire. Rob Harvey of The Music worked closely with Skinner on the album and features on several songs. The cover photo is a close-up of the Norfolk Terrace halls of residence at the University of East Anglia designed by architect Denys Lasdun. The 'Blues' part of the title refers to Skinner's beloved Birmingham City.

Tracklisting[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Outside Inside"   3:02
2. "Going Through Hell" (featuring Robert Harvey of The Music) 3:08
3. "Roof of Your Car"   3:12
4. "Puzzled By People"   3:08
5. "Without Thinking" (featuring Sharlene Hector) 3:18
6. "Blip on a Screen"   3:34
7. "Those That Don't Know"   2:54
8. "Soldiers" (featuring Robert Harvey of The Music) 3:37
9. "We Can Never Be Friends" (featuring Robert Harvey of The Music) 3:37
10. "ABC"   1:12
11. "OMG" (featuring Laura Vane of Laura Vane and The Vipertones) 3:27
12. "Trying to Kill M.E." (featuring Laura Vane) 3:58
13. "Trust Me"   2:16
14. "Lock the Locks" (featuring Clare Maguire) 3:08

Chart performance[edit]

On 10 February 2011, Computers and Blues debuted at number 22 on the Irish Albums Chart. On 13 February 2011 the album entered the UK Albums Chart at number 8.

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[15] 49
Irish Albums Chart[16] 22
New Zealand Albums Chart[17] 32
UK Albums Chart[18] 8
Danish Albums Chart[19] 11

Release history[edit]

The album was released in the United Kingdom on 7 February 2011, but was made available to Spotify Premium subscribers on 2 February.[20] A stream of the album was made available by Guardian News and Media on 3 February 2011.[21]

Region Date Label
United Kingdom 7 February 2011[22] Atlantic Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Computers & Blues Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  2. ^ O'Brien, Jon (7 February 2011). "Computers and Blues – The Streets". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  3. ^ O'Neal, Sean (15 February 2011). "The Streets: Computers And Blues | Music | Music Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Streets: Computers and Blues | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Review
  6. ^ "Album Review: The Streets – Computers and Blues « Consequence of Sound". Consequenceofsound.net. 21 February 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Review
  8. ^ Review
  9. ^ "The Streets – Computers And Blues | Clash Music Latest Album Review". Clashmusic.com. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Album Review by Ian Gittins (7 February 2011). "The Streets: Computers And Blues Album Review – Reviews – Music". Virgin Media. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  11. ^ Feb 2011, p.123
  12. ^ Review
  13. ^ "The Streets – Computers And Blues | album reviews". musicOMH. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  14. ^ Review
  15. ^ Steffen Hung. "The Streets – Computers And Blues". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Chart-track.co.uk. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  17. ^ Steffen Hung. "The Streets – Computers And Blues". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  18. ^ "Streets – Computers And Blues – Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  19. ^ "Hitlisten.NU". Hitlisterne.dk. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  20. ^ "Spotify Premium – The Streets final album, Computers and Blues | Free Spotify Playlists". Spotify-playlists.eu. 2 February 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  21. ^ Hear the Streets' Computers and Blues – Album Stream
  22. ^ "Buy The Streets – Computers And Blues (With Play.com Exclusive Collector's Edition Poster) online at Play.com and read reviews. Free delivery to UK and Europe!". Play.com. 17 February 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2012.