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Playing in the Shadows [CD]

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  • Audio CD (5 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ministry of Sound
  • ASIN: B0058GCH2U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,796 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Skies Don't Lie
2. Stay Awake
3. Changed The Way You Kiss Me
4. The Way
5. Natural Disaster (Extended Album Version) - Laidback Luke VS Example
6. Never Had A Day
7. Microphone
8. Playing In The Shadows
9. Midnight Run
10. Under The Influence
11. Wrong In The Head
12. Anything
13. Lying To Yourself - exclusive CD bonus track

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"Changed The Way You Kiss Me" held the No.1 position in the UK charts for two weeks beating rock giants Coldplay to the top and ranked as one of the biggest selling singles of 2011. Earlier in 2011 he featured on the Wretch 32 No.2 smash "Unorthodox" and Giggs’s "Look Over Your Shoulder". He also bagged one of the biggest hyped tracks of 2011 with the demon Skream collaboration "Shot Yourself in the Foot Again". His single "Stay Awake" is produced by dubstep lords Nero and is set to be another huge dance anthem. Example’s third studio album Playing In The Shadows features production from the biggest and most credible names in dance music today--Chase & Status, Nero, Michael Woods, Skream and Faithless.

BBC Review

With Tinchy Stryder, Tinie Tempah, Professor Green and Dizzee Rascal all managing to bridge the gap between street and chart without losing face or sales, British hip hop has never been in a stronger position. On his third album, West London's Elliot 'Example' Gleave takes things a step further.

In 2010, his second album, Won't Go Quietly, peaked at four on the UK albums chart, and its mix of thunderous backdrops and flag-waving choruses suggested that Example might just be a potential boundary pusher. So it proves. As ambitious as it is accessible, the widescreen Playing in the Shadows builds on previously noted potential. With a decent tailwind, it might just be the one to establish him as major force.

At 29, Gleave is more man than boy and, unlike many of his peers, he's experienced the world - he lived in Australia for a period, and has dabbled in both stand-up comedy and voiceovers. As a result he can see - and paint - the big picture, from the Depeche Mode-isms of the brooding, Chase & Status-produced title-track (which opens with, of all things, acoustic guitar), to the affecting piano ballad Lying To Yourself, via the clatter of Skies Don't Lie and the irresistible heady swirl of Changed the Way You Kissed Me.

That musical maturity seeps through to his lyrics. To be sure, apart from the cautionary cocaine tale Under the Influence ("playtime's over") he's writing about relationships rather than penning typical love songs. But that's no sin, lyrically at least, and Changed the Way You Kissed Me is quite possibly a You've Lost That Loving Feeling for this century.

Remarkably, for an album which uses a different production team for almost every track, it's a surprisingly cohesive affair, held together by Gleave's foghorn voice: deep-throated with an undertow of paranoia on the Faithless-produced The Way. But the more chances he takes, the more successful he is, and in one magical instant on Natural Disaster he veers wildly from claustrophobic edge ("need some space / need some air") to no-holds-barred, anthemic stadium house that owes as much to Pendulum as Calvin Harris. At moments like this, he sounds untouchable.

He's not wholly immune to plodding, most soul-sappingly on the dreary Microphone which waddles where it should stride boldly. But there's enough here to suggest Example is in it for the long haul.

--John Aizlewood

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 27 April 2014
By Louise
Format:Audio CD
Example's best album without a doubt.
Skies Don't Lie is just beautiful. There's nothing more I can say, its just has the simple, no frills brilliance only captured in this, Anything, and Lying To Yourself.
Stay Awake is superb, a brilliant lyrical viewpoint from Gleave, a dark yet I imagine accurate description of the generation to come.
Changed The Way You Kiss Me is my personal highlight of the album, a gorgeous soundtrack to just about everyone's love life.
The Way is kinda cool in the way that the first time I heard it I dismissed it as dull and repetitive, but the next few times it appeared on shuffle I slowly got into it. It requires a few listens, but like all great tracks, once your used to the feel of the beat, it's fantastic.
Natural Disaster is the track that got Example known, and rightly so, Laidback Luke is a genius at the decks.
Never Had a Day and Under the Influences are both perfect descriptions of addiction, and how it crumbles your relationships, you really feel for the singer.
Then of course there's Microphone, a feel good, speak-out track, but me being the cynic that I am, that's not my kinda feel.
Playing in the Shadows is dark and dingy, and yet another great track that speaks for itself.
Midnight Run and Wrong in the Head are both a little rough at the edges. They aren't polished, they aren't perfect, but they're good tracks all the same. All in all, a worthwhile investment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like surprises ! 31 July 2012
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I purchased this album on the basis of the reviews that you guys had written and I have to admit that I was surprised by its content. Playing in the Shadows is an album that you may not be tempted to buy but my advice to you today is be tempted as you will not be disappointed!...... Like it , Love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1000x better than his first album 28 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD
The first thing I wanna say about Example is say he's an incredible lyricist. Most rappers just rap about `b**ches' or other rubbish that means nothing. Example talks about his life, tells us stories & successfully manages to make it all flow without using any lyric that doesn't fit (well, maybe "Stick around, yeah like Elastoplast" is the exception that proves the rule...) With Playing In The Shadows Example switches from rap to singing every few lines and this is something I love. He has a very strong London accent and this gives character to his songs, making them instantly recognisable. `Anything' is a beautifully crafted song, it presents his ultimate vulnerability with lyics like "Will I ever find another girl as beautiful and kind?". The melody is very catchy and set to an acoustic guitar accompaniment which is so contrasting to his usual heavy drum beats and distortion. `Midnight Run' is another fantastic hit from Playing In The Shadows as its synths and warped bass are topped with a hook so strong you can't help being pulled in. Example is charm personified and it shines right through this latest album. Not usually one for rap, Example is my guilty pleasure.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic Example of an album 11 Oct 2011
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I liked Example before, and bought this album on the strength of "Changed The Way You Kiss Me". What a fantastic surprise of an album - there's not a duff track on it. My new fave tracks currently are "Midnight Run" and "Natural Disaster". Each track seems to have its own story to tell, and I'm a sucker for sad breakup stories.... Just love this album, and it's going to be playing in my car for a long time yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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My family is from the UK but I'm Irish breed, born in USA so traveling over to UK most of my life alot of what music comes out of europe I love. I'd recently dabbled into the Dubstep scene but soooo many of the artists it was just bleeps and heavy bass. then I stumbled onto NERO and liked a lot of their tracks but not enough to buy the album...then Youtube showed me Example, Midnight Run. I gave it a go and have not looked back since. I LOOOOVE Example. He does what most artists I like (ie Prodigy, Linkin Park, Bloc Party) he blends different styles into one intoxicating drink of music. Everything from trance (sounds like Ferry Corsten style synths) to Dubstep or breakbeat or 2step, to house to even downtempo tracks like "Microphone" which would easily play on radio here in the USA. I cannot wait to hear what else Example has coming- especially with upcoming albums that could be available in the USA.
Keep up the good work Lad. Cheers
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album!!!!!!!! 28 Feb 2012
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I Love this album it is brilliant and by far Examples best! I totally recomend you buy this.

There is a mixture of rap, pop, dance, trance, house and even R and B.

It is brilliant for listening to wherever you are, especially on a long road trip, becuase there is lots of brilliant catchy songs you can repeatedly listen to, to ensure there is no bordem!!!!

It is well worth the money and should cost more, because it is that amazing!!!

I am a huge fan of Example but I can ensure not so big fans will fall in love with this album too!!!

So to conclude GET this album by "Mr eg" it is magnificant!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an Example of greatness!!! 14 Feb 2013
By dvjj
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I am still playing this some 10 months after purchase and don't have a favourite song as they are all so good...So different...What is he Dance? Pop? Rock? Indie? Hip Hop? Such an accomplished varied performer!! Bravo!!
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