Mike Skinner of The Streets released his fourth album, Everything is Borrowed, in September. The distilled moment at the opening of the album’s single, “Everything is Borrowed,” offers the impression of an adolescent kicking rocks along a train track in gray suburbia. Suddenly, low synths begin to speed forward, climbing octaves and growing louder until they emerge as an electric church organ pop melody beneath Skinner’s trademark sing-speak. Unlike his usual cheeky banter, however, the snarky Brit has toned it down lyrically. He investigates deep subjects with thoughtful sincerity: “Just when I discover the meaning of life, they change it… I love the rain on my scars.” Skinner is still fit, but just a little moodier this go around. Lulu McAllister

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