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. It was released on 21 May 2012 through Cooking Vinyl and eOne Music, and entered the UK album charts at number nine.[2]


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

Aside from a smattering of reviews that tended toward the positive, the record was released to a generally scathing reception, scoring a low of 2.9/10 at aggregator website AnyDecentMusic?[12] On another aggregator, Album of the Year, it holds the position of being the worst album of 2012 reviewed by critics.[13] Critics commented on the supposedly generic song structure and overall 'blandness' of the album. Drowned In Sound was particularly critical, labelling it as a "reoccurring nightmare" and awarding it 0/10.[4] There was also strong disapproval from The Fly magazine at the content of lead singer Tom 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.[5] The most intensely scathing criticism came from Neil Kulkarni in The Quietus, who said: "The new Enemy album is finally here. There it sits, being shite, in the noonday sun, attracting flies...Although I have a horrible feeling it won't be, I pray and fervently hope this record is [The Enemy's] last."[10] 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."[7]

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. ^ a b Calvert, John (25 May 2012). "The Enemy – Streets in the Sky". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Ross, Daniel (18 May 2012). "The Enemy Streets In The Sky (COOKING VINYL)". The Fly. MAMA & Company. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Green, Laurence (21 May 2012). "The Enemy – Streets In The Sky (Cooking Vinyl)". musicOMH. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Denney, Alex (19 May 2012). "The Enemy – Streets In The Sky". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Ezell, Brice (27 June 2012). "The Enemy: Streets in the Sky". PopMatters. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "The Enemy – Streets in the Sky". Sputnikmusic. 30 May 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Kulkarni, Neil (17 May 2012). "The Enemy – Streets in the Sky – Review". The Quietus. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Lloyd, Jordan (29 May 2012). "Album Review: Streets in the Sky- The Enemy". York Vision. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Third collection of stadium-sized indie rock from the Coventry band". Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "The 25 Worst Albums of 2012". Album of the Year. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 

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