Reportedly the last album from Mike Skinner, Computers and Blues is a welcome return to some of the Birmingham-born rapper and producer’s finest work. His easy-listening, smooth flowing voice is unequivocally his greatest asset and it is complemented in this album by the likes of Clare Maguire, Robert Harvey and Laura Vane.
An album of thoughtful, positive messages, there is a strong musical backbone with some cool beats laid down to allow Skinner to musically chat away about various life aspects. Some tracks flirt with being a bit cheesy and perhaps forcing the odd vocal here or there but such is Skinner’s uniqueness, it is something that can be forgiven. Plus, it has a picture of my university on the front of it, so it is already better than most albums out there…
Stand-Out Track: Blip On A Screen – demonstrates both sides of this album: how Skinner can turn a poignant life moment into a catchy tune but also the flirtation with the melodramatic.