Album review: Example, The Evolution of Man

By Scott Kara

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The Evolution of Man album cover. Photo / Supplied
The Evolution of Man album cover. Photo / Supplied

With its odd mix of Calvin Harris-style dance oonst, his unusual combination of dour post-punk vocals and posturing raps, and with dollops of industrial dance, metal and dubstep, it's difficult to decipher whether this fourth album from the London musician is inventive or just trying to be all things to everyone. It's probably a bit of both, as it moves from Are You Sitting Comfortably, a nice and nasty tune that comes on like a dubstep remix of a mid-80s Slayer song, to something overwhelmingly cheesy on the "woah woah"-inflected Queen of Your Dreams and the New Order meets over-the-top dance-pop epic Say Nothing. And overall the album is rooted in the sort of catchy and booming anthems - think Skrillex or Harris - that whip you up into a frenzy even if you don't want them to.

He's also got some heavyweight guest songwriters and producers, including dubstep master Benga, oddball Blur guitarist Graham Coxon, and our own expat superstar DJ Zane Lowe.

Lowe and Coxon team up with Example on the mangled industrial dance-rock of Blood From a Stone, which might sound a little dated, as if it's been beamed in from the 90s, but you'll be banging your fist and head along like a member of Rammstein at a Calvin Harris concert.

So, yes, something for everyone, then.

Stars: 3.5/5
Verdict: London jack-of-all-trades guns for world domination
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