Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mike Skinner's a Big Hit but He Knows It; POP

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mike Skinner's a Big Hit but He Knows It; POP

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Byline: ANDRE PAINE

NME Show: The Streets/ The Mitchell Brothers

Astoria

BRUMMIE geezer Mike Skinner's last album sold three million copies.

Inevitably, then, his new record, The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living, documents his seedy experience of fame. Released in April, it features lyrics about crack cocaine, spreadbetting losses and a mysterious celebrity girlfriend with hedonistic habits.

His Astoria show should have been a triumphant return, but it didn't quite go to plan. Skinner's proteges, The Mitchell Brothers, were entertaining, but their performance faltered when it became apparent one of them had lost his voice. They limped on, but it became rather laboured.

The Streets appeared unfashionably early at 8.30pm and launched into Pranging Out, with Skinner sporting a white Miami Vice-style jacket with the sleeves rolled up. The song had a more aggressive sound, and the shaven-headed rapper should really have charmed the audience after testing out new material. …

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