Skinner Takes All

You might be expecting this to be a car crash of a second album, an anachronism long since superseded in relevance and sonics by the likes of Dizzee Rascal. But A Grand Don't Come For Free is in fact an extraordinary thing—a concept album, possibly the first garage opera, with a storyline that magnifies the frustration and decay captured so brilliantly on 2002's Original Pirate Material. The story details a particularly ruinous week in Mike Skinner's life; focusing on the loss of his £1000 savings, his broken TV and the collapse of his relationship with his girlfriend.

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You might be expecting this to be a car crash of a second album, an anachronism long since superseded in relevance and sonics by the likes of Dizzee Rascal. But A Grand Don’t Come For Free is in fact an extraordinary thing?a concept album, possibly the first garage opera, with a storyline that magnifies the frustration and decay captured so brilliantly on 2002’s Original Pirate Material.

The story details a particularly ruinous week in Mike Skinner’s life; focusing on the loss of his

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