Album review: Example – 'Playing In The Shadows'

Big tunes, big attitude and a pretty big deal whether you like it or not

  • Release Date 05 Sep, 2011
  • Producer Various
  • Record Label Ministry Of Sound
  • Fact When he was 10, Example won the Royal Mail Poet Of The Year competition
7 / 10
The world needs Example and his gurning rave-hop, lowering the tone and turning the charts into a week-long episode of Skins, calling out Arctic Monkeys for stealing his parking space as quickly as Ke$ha for being generally hideous. Truth is, if you’re reading this magazine you’ve probably already made your mind up, but ‘Playing In The Shadows’ thankfully has no time for third album growing-up, upping the bosh factor while now building tunes of some sort of proper scale. Next to this, even with Kelis on his team, Calvin Harris looks like nothing but a ninny.

Dan Martin

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