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Skinner admits album difficulty
Mike Skinner
Mike Skinner said his next album will be his last

Mike Skinner has said the new Streets album was the most difficult of his career to make.

Everything Is Borrowed, which was released on Monday, took the singer so long because he didn't want to rehash his previous work.

"It took me longer than any of the others because it's difficult not to reference modern life," Skinner said.

The record is the follow up to the third Streets record The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living.

He added: "This album is very natural in the sense that it doesn't reference modern life.

"I didn't want to do that again because that's all I've been doing for the last six years.

"You have to pump up the drama a bit if you're not talking about mobile phones or Rizlas."

Skinner also confirmed on Jo Whiley's show that his next album will be his last under his current guise.

"I'm working on my last album now," he said. "It's going to be a lot more electronic and futuristic. Then I'm going to retire from The Streets."

"I'm working on my last album now - then I'm going to retire from The Streets
Mike Skinner
The band are due to hit the road for a tour in October and the singer said the fans can expect a lot of "new tricks".

"It all started with our go low trick on the last tour (which saw the crowd ducking down and jumping up in the air)," Skinner explained.

"We've got a new one where we get people to say hello to people they don't know.

"There's another one which is pretty spectacular. The crowd divide down the middle and I run up to the crowd and surf back to the front."

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