The fifth, and reportedly final, album from Mike Skinner as The Streets.
Despite the ‘blues’ in its title, The Streets’ (supposed) swan-song is a relatively upbeat affair. The sense of tension that characterised a lot of Skinner’s earlier albums has mostly given way for a general sense of optimism.
The ‘computers’ part is more apt, however. In terms of production Skinner skilfully crafts his songs out of GarageBand loops and often recognisable softsynths, while a certain amount of chiptune influence can be detected throughout. Lyrically also, the album is very much set in the computer age - standout track OMG is a lovesong about Facebook relationship statuses.
Computers and Blues has a decent amount of strong moments, but is a little hit-and-miss overall. With age and optimism Skinner has lost the urgency that was present in The Streets’ excellent debut Original Pirate Material. In all, a nice coda to The Streets’ career, but also an appropriate point to call it a day.