Released: 5th June 2006.
Amongst all the tales of tabloid doom and gloom on the Streets' latest album, there's this track. "Never Went To Church" is an absolute beauty of a song, which tells of Mike's feelings about coping with bereavement (his dad passed away two years ago just as things began to take off for the urban poet). With backing from the London Community Gospel Choir, I can see this becoming just as anthemic as "Dry Your Eyes". In fact, I think it could well be another No. 1.
Dull, mediocre, overrated. Brilliant, misunderstood work of genius, underrated. Each of those would describe Mike Skinner's most recent album, but in my opinion, it's more of the former than the latter. Which is why "Never Went To Church", the follow up to his celebrity-lusting previous single, is very disappointing. It's basically just a rip off of the much more sublime "Dry Your Eyes", and the backing gospel choir hardly works with Mike's own tuneless singing. Sure, it's deep and meaningful on the outside, but trust me, it's really just a mess on the inside.