Streets in the Sky

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This is an article about the third studio album by UK rock band The Enemy. For the building structure, see Tower block#Streets in the sky.
Streets In The Sky
Studio album by The Enemy
Released 21 May 2012
Genre Indie rock, punk rock[1]
Length 40:38
Label Cooking Vinyl, eOne Music
Producer Joby J Ford
The Enemy chronology
Music for the People
Streets In The Sky
It's Automatic
Singles from Streets in the Sky
  1. "Saturday"
    Released: May 15, 2012
  2. "Like a Dancer"
    Released: July 16, 2012

Streets In The Sky is the third studio album by Coventry-based indie rock band The Enemy, released on 21 May 2012 through Cooking Vinyl and eOne Music. It entered the UK Albums Chart at no. 9,[2] and met with largely negative reviews.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[3]
Coventry Telegraph (favourable)[4]
Drowned In Sound (0/10)[5]
The Fly 1/5 stars[6]
musicOMH 1.5/5 stars[7]
NME (6/10)[8]
PopMatters (2/10)[9]
sputnikmusic (2.0/5)[10]
The Quietus (unfavourable)[11]
York Vision (unfavourable)[12]

Aside from a smattering of reviews that tended toward the positive, the record was released to a strongly negative reception, scoring a low of 2.9/10 at aggregator website AnyDecentMusic? (the second-lowest rated album of all time).[13] On another aggregator, Album of the Year, it holds the position of being the worst album of 2012 reviewed by critics.[14] Daily Record writer Rick Fulton reported that several of his readers considered Streets in the Sky to be "among the very worst releases of the year, and indeed, all time".[15]

Drowned in Sound were particularly critical, labelling it as a "reoccurring nightmare" and awarding it 0/10 while urging lead singer Tom Clarke to retire from music "for the sake of future generations".[5] There was also strong disapproval from The Fly at the content of Clarke's lyrics, suggesting he had over-emphasised his working class roots, and describing the record as "dull, simplistic and in no way relevant to actual life" while awarding it one star out of five.[6] The most scathing criticism came from Neil Kulkarni in The Quietus, who called the album "shite, in the noonday sun, attracting flies", and "fervently" hoped it would be The Enemy's last.[11] There was, however, some praise from the NME, who wrote: "Odd misstep aside... The Enemy have never sounded more fully themselves than they do here."[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Gimme the Sign"   3:09
2. "Bigger Cages (Longer Chains)"   2:57
3. "Saturday"   3:12
4. "1-2-3-4"   2:59
5. "Like a Dancer"   3:09
6. "Come into My World"   2:57
7. "This Is Real"   4:38
8. "2 Kids"   3:56
9. "Turn It On"   3:33
10. "It's a Race"   3:29
11. "Get Up and Dance"   3:52
12. "Make a Man"   2:47

Music videos[edit]

  • 1,2,3,4 (acoustic)
  • Gimme the Sign
  • Saturday
  • Saturday (acoustic)
  • Like a Dancer


  1. ^ "BISOUND.COM - - . mp3 . . FM- .". 
  2. ^ "Enemy - Streets In The Sky". 
  3. ^ O'Brien, Jon. "The Enemy – Streets in the Sky – review". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Poole, Alan (17 May 2012). "Album Review: The Enemy - Streets in the Sky". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 2 April 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Calvert, John (25 May 2012). "The Enemy – Streets in the Sky". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Ross, Daniel (18 May 2012). "The Enemy Streets In The Sky (COOKING VINYL)". The Fly. MAMA & Company. Archived from the original on 24 May 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Green, Laurence (21 May 2012). "The Enemy – Streets In The Sky (Cooking Vinyl)". musicOMH. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Denney, Alex (19 May 2012). "The Enemy – Streets In The Sky". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Ezell, Brice (27 June 2012). "The Enemy: Streets in the Sky". PopMatters. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "The Enemy – Streets in the Sky". Sputnikmusic. 30 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Kulkarni, Neil (17 May 2012). "The Enemy – Streets in the Sky – Review". The Quietus. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  12. ^ Lloyd, Jordan (29 May 2012). "Album Review: Streets in the Sky- The Enemy". York Vision. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "AnyDecentMusic? - All Time". WebCite. AnyDecentMusic?. Archived from the original on 29 March 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
  14. ^ "The 25 Worst Albums of 2012". Album of the Year. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  15. ^ Fulton, Rick (8 January 2013). "Your Best and Worst". Daily Record. 

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