Everything Is Borrowed

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Everything Is Borrowed
Studio album by The Streets
Released 15 September 2008 (UK)
7 October 2008 (US)
Genre Alternative hip hop
Electronica
UK garage
Length 38:49
Label 679 Recordings, Vice Records
Producer Mike Skinner
The Streets chronology
The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living
(2006)
Everything Is Borrowed
(2008)
Cyberspace and Reds
(2011)

Everything Is Borrowed is the fourth album from The Streets. Released in the United Kingdom on 15 September 2008,[1] and in the United States on 7 October 2008,[2] Skinner describes the album as a "peaceful coming to terms album"[3] and as containing "peaceful positive vibes" which stand in stark contrast to the previous album, The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living,[4] which Skinner has described as a "guilt-ridden indulgence".[5]

The album's first single, "Everything Is Borrowed", was released on 29 September 2008.[6] In the months leading up to the album's release, "The Escapist" was offered online as a free download, accompanied by a music video.[6] The video (directed by Ted Mayhem)[7] follows Skinner as he walks 770 miles from Dover to a beach in France,[8][9] a feat Skinner actually undertook.[10] "Who Knows Who", a track Skinner recorded with the band Muse, was leaked in August 2008 and was initially believed by many to be a track from the upcoming album, until refuted by Muse.[11]

During the recording of the album, Skinner states that he "threw away more music than is on the album now," as he was unhappy with the material recorded, but that "the album is a product of all the stuff I threw away, it was important to the album."[12] Everything Is Borrowed is the penultimate album from The Streets; Skinner has said that he signed a five-record deal, and that he always envisioned a five-album box set.[12] Eight music videos were made for the album, culminating with "On the Edge of a Cliff" being released on 7 April 2009 (videos were not made for "The Sherry End", "Alleged Legends" and "The Strongest Person I Know").[13][14]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (63/100)[15]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[16]
Entertainment Weekly (A−)[17]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[18]
Pitchfork Media (4.8/10)[19]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[20]
The Independent 4/5 stars[21]
NME (8/10)[22]
Spin (8/10)[23]
musicOMH 4/5 stars[24]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[25]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[26]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Everything Is Borrowed" – 4:04
  2. "Heaven for the Weather" – 3:27
  3. "I Love You More (Than You Like Me)" – 3:45
  4. "The Way of the Dodo" – 3:33
  5. "On the Flip of a Coin" – 3:21
  6. "On the Edge of a Cliff" – 3:04
  7. "Never Give In" – 3:25
  8. "The Sherry End" – 2:46
  9. "Alleged Legends" – 3:12
  10. "The Strongest Person I Know" – 3:03
  11. "The Escapist" – 5:16
  12. "To Your Face" (iTunes bonus track) – 3:35

Chart position[edit]

Chart Peak
position
UK Albums Chart 7[27]
US Billboard 200 154[28]
Belgium 28[29]
France 99[30]
Denmark 9[31]
Austria 64[32]
Switzerland 19[33]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thompson, Paul (29 July 2008), The Streets Announce LP Release Date, Fall Tour (– Scholar search), Pitchfork Media, retrieved 29 July 2008 [dead link]
  2. ^ Stanislawski, Ethan (28 August 2008), Mike Skinner talks about the legacy of the Streets, Prefix Magazine, retrieved 4 September 2008 
  3. ^ Thompson, Paul (5 June 2008), Mike Skinner Names LP, Declares End of the Streets? (– Scholar search), Pitchfork Media, retrieved 5 June 2008 [dead link]
  4. ^ The Streets name new album – but reveal their days are numbered, NME, 2 June 2008, retrieved 5 June 2008 
  5. ^ Michaels, Sean (2 June 2008), The Streets announce final album, London: The Guardian, retrieved 16 July 2008 
  6. ^ a b The Streets offer new track as free download today (July 30), NME, 30 July 2008, retrieved 4 August 2008 
  7. ^ Get your free download from Birmingham's The Streets, Sunday Mercury, 30 July 2008, retrieved 4 August 2008 
  8. ^ Mike Skinner films epic trek through France, London: The Observer, 10 August 2008, retrieved 27 August 2008 
  9. ^ Michaels, Sean (31 July 2008), The Streets release new material ... and ruin Reeboks, London: The Guardian, retrieved 4 August 2008 
  10. ^ Thompson, Paul (19 May 2008), Mike Skinner Walking to France for New Streets Video? (– Scholar search), Pitchfork Media, retrieved 4 August 2008 [dead link]
  11. ^ Milton, Jamie (4 August 2008), Muse: 'Collaboration With The Streets Result Of A Late Night Jam Session', Gig Wise, retrieved 4 August 2008 
  12. ^ a b Skinner to release one more album, BBC, 12 August 2008, retrieved 13 August 2008 
  13. ^ From the Ladle to the Grave, The Streets, 4 July 2009, retrieved 5 May 2009 
  14. ^ Everything Is Borrowed- The Videos, The Streets, 4 July 2009, retrieved 5 May 2009 
  15. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/everything-is-borrowed
  16. ^ [http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1424708
  17. ^ "Music Review: everything is borrowed, by The Streets". Entertainment Weekly. 8 October 2008. 
  18. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Streets". Robert Christgau. 
  19. ^ http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/reviews/albums/12291-everything-is-borrowed
  20. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (12 September 2008). "CD: Urban review: The Streets, Everything Is Borrowed". The Guardian (London). 
  21. ^ The Independent (London) http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/album-the-streets-everything-is-borrowed-sixsevenine-926671.html |url= missing title (help). 
  22. ^ http://www.nme.com/reviews/the-streets/9899
  23. ^ http://www.spin.com/reviews/streets-everything-borrowed-vice
  24. ^ http://www.musicomh.com/albums/streets-4_0908.htm
  25. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/23226245/review/23306253/everything_is_borrowed
  26. ^ What matters is that Everything Is Borrowed is enough of a triumph that despite all evidence to the contrary, you'll be convinced the world is indeed a beautiful place. [Dec 2008, p.153]
  27. ^ The Streets UK chart history, everyHit.com, retrieved 21 February 2009 
  28. ^ Artist Chart History – The Streets, Billboard, retrieved 21 February 2009 
  29. ^ The Streets – Everything Is Borrowed chart performance, UltraTop.be, retrieved 21 February 2009 
  30. ^ The Streets – Everything Is Borrowed chart performance, LesCharts.com, retrieved 21 February 2009 
  31. ^ The Streets – Everything Is Borrowed chart performance, DanishCharts.com, retrieved 21 February 2009 
  32. ^ The Streets – Everything Is Borrowed chart performance, AustrianCharts.at, retrieved 21 February 2009 
  33. ^ The Streets – Everything Is Borrowed chart performance, SwissCharts.com, retrieved 21 February 2009