New Emphasis On Personal Themes For The Streets

’ Mike Skinner spoke with Beat magazine about his sophomore album ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’, which is a thematic change of direction from his acclaimed 2002 debut ‘Original Pirate Material’. The new emphasis on personal themes, says Skinner, is not so much an acknowledgement of having made it – “my life really hasn’t changed that much” – as simply a desire to tread new ground. “It was just so I could do something different,” he shrugs. Having been quoted as saying that a lot of the appeal of Original Pirate Material lay in its “home-made” feel, Skinner is keen to assert that he’s “managed to keep the kind of personality of the first one.” The differences, then, besides the singular storyline? “The stories are a bit more focused and the production’s a bit tighter.”

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