2020 hasn’t gave us many good things but the return of The Streets is one of the best thing to come from 2020. The Streets have made their comeback with None of Us Are Getting out of This Life Alive. What a title.
Nearly a decade since The Streets brought out Computers and Blues in 2011. I’ve not looked forward to an album release as much as this one!
Let’s go back in time to 2006, to the release of ‘When You Wasn’t Famous’ Mike Skinner’s issue being cameras “How the hell am I supposed to be able to do a line in front of complete strangers, when I know they’ve all got cameras? now forward to 2020 and Mike Skinner’s issue is now someone calling his phone thinking he’s doing nothing better, with the opener and first single from the album ‘Call My Phone Thinking I’m Doing Nothing Better’ the album has a few focuses on technology. A lot has changed, Mike Skinner has moved with the times in his music.
Each track on the album has a lyric that stands out. I’ve always liked Mike Skinners way with words. You can listen to a song but you never really listen to the words, with Mike Skinner you really listen to what is being said.
The album has a mix of artists appearing, each artist brings in a different genre. IDLES Joe Talbot features on track None of Us Are Getting out of this Alive, I think it’s great when two artists you love join up and this is one. Tame Impala also featured on the first single ‘Call My Phone Thinking I’m Doing Nothing Better’ with their distinct psychedelic sound. The album also features many R&B artists from Ms Banks to Greentea Peng and Doane’o. Each artist brings something to the album and there is something for everyone.
I said one thing about Mike Skinner is the lyrics, so I’ve chosen some of my favourite lines from the album:
Track 3. “People never change, they’re just exposed”
Track 8. “Me and you are like a box set
That I wish I forgot and watched again”
Track 10. “Falling down is an accident
Staying down is a choice.