The Streets - The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living

Double Album 2LP on 180 Gram Vinyl, 2019 Reissue

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The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living is the third studio album by British hip hop artist The Streets, released in April 2006 via 679 Recordings.

The Streets are an English hip hop and UK garage project from Birmingham, England, led by the vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Mike Skinner.

The project released five studio albums: Original Pirate Material (2002), A Grand Don't Come for Free (2004), The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living (2006), Everything Is Borrowed (2008), Computers and Blues (2011), an internet-only album Cyberspace and Reds (2011) and a string of successful singles in the mid-2000s, including Has It Come to This?, Fit But You Know It, Dry Your Eyes, When You Wasn't Famous and Prangin' Out.

Skinner's third studio album under The Streets name, The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living, was released in April 2006 and in the UK it entered the album chart at number one. It was a change in direction from his first two albums, the lyrical theme moving away from the stories about working class Britain and instead focusing on the ups and downs of the fame that Skinner encountered after the success of his previous albums.

The first single, When You Wasn't Famous, was released two weeks before the album. The song is about Skinner's troubles with trying to date a famous person, following his new-found fame. It was also named 'Track of the Week' by NME in early March 2006, but it only reached the bottom of the top 10, peaking at number eight.

The second single, Never Went to Church, is a tribute to Skinner's late father, and appears to use the chord progression of The Beatles' "Let It Be" as a backing. The album also included the track Prangin' Out which was later remixed with the Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty.

It is also the shortest The Streets album released so far, with a running time of just 37 minutes and 12 seconds. The Mitchell Brothers and Ted Mayhem, two of Skinner's protégés, make guest appearances on the album.

The final track, Fake Streets Hats, is about an incident that happened during the 2004 edition of the Dutch Lowlands Music Festival, where a drunk Mike Skinner openly protested against the handing out of white hats with "The Streets" written on them, because he thought they were fake, and thus illegal merchandise. The hats actually were a gift from his label, Locked On. Mike Skinner also sees the song as a personal reflection on plagiarism in general.

Critical response for the album was generally positive, scoring 72/100 on Metacritic. 

This is a Double Album 2LP Record set on 180 Gram Vinyl housed in a Gatefold Sleeve with Printed Inner Sleeves, pressed in Europe, Reissue

(825646323012)

Tracklisting:

 

A1

Pranging Out

3:49

A2

War Of The Sexes

3:26

A3       

The Hardest Way To Make An Easy An Easy Living                    

3:13   

B1

All Goes Out The Window

3:32

B2

Memento Mori

2:36

B3

Can't Con An Honest John

3:40

C1

When You Wasn't Famous

3:18

C2

Never Went To Church

3:32

C3

Hotel Expressionism

3:33

D1

Two Nations

3:05

D2

Fake Streets Hats

3:12

SKU 825646323012
Record Label 679 Recordings
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 2564632301
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 08 March 2019
Original Release Date (Year) 10 April 2006
Barcode # 825646323012
Shipping Weight 0.5900kg
Shipping Width 0.009m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000887000m3
Type New
Format Double Album 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl with Gatefold Sleeve and Inner Sleeves
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Electronic
Genre Hip Hop
Format VINYL LP

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