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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]

Everything Is Borrowed
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Studio album by
Released15 September 2008 (UK)
7 October 2008 (US)
GenreAlternative hip hop, electronica, breakbeat
Length38:49
Label679 Recordings, Vice Records
ProducerMike Skinner
The Streets chronology
The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living
(2006)
Everything Is Borrowed
(2008)
Cyberspace and Reds
(2011)

The album's eponymous first single, 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
SourceRating
Metacritic63/100[15]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[16]
Alternative Press4/5 stars[17]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[18]
The Guardian4/5 stars[19]
The Independent4/5 stars[20]
musicOMH4/5 stars[21]
NME8/10[22]
Pitchfork4.8/10[23]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[24]
Spin8/10[25]

Track listingEdit

  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

ChartsEdit

Chart Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[26] 7
US Billboard 200[27] 154
Belgium[28] 28
France[29] 99
Denmark[30] 9
Austria[31] 64
Switzerland[32] 19

ReferencesEdit

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  17. ^ 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]
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