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A Grand Don't Come for Free (2004)

The Streets
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UK Garage, Electronica, Electronic dance music, Alternative hip hop, Hip hop music, Rap music

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A Grand Don't Come for Free is the second studio album from British garage and Hip hop act The Streets. It was released on 18 May 2004 and is listed in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. It is a rap opera which follows the story of its protagonist's relationship with a girl named Simone, alongside the mysterious loss of £1000 from his home (the eponymous "grand").
All songs written and composed by Mike Skinner. 
Critical response from the album, like from his previous album, was near universally positive. It currently scores 91/100 on Metacritic, slightly higher than his previous album, which scored 90/100. Many critics have noted Skinner's difference in style compared to other artists. Trouser Press said that "Skinner seems both edgier and more contemplative." The Guardian described that the album "raises the stakes to such an extent that it sounds literally unprecedented: there isn't really any other album like this.", and PopMatters described that Skinner "is now in a class all his own; nobody else is making music like this. Austin Chronicle named the album "The first hip-hop classic of the new millennium." However, Playlouder criticized the album's hooks,

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Tracks

3:55 It Was Supposed to Be So Easy
4:23 Could Well Be In
3:40 Not Addicted
4:36 Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way
3:52 Get Out of My House
3:47 Such a Twat
4:40 What Is He Thinking?
4:31 Dry Your Eyes
8:14 Empty Cans
4:45 Blinded by the Lights
4:14 Fit But You Know It
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