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  • Audio CD (19 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ministry Of Sound
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,214 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. SnakeskinExample 4:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Blood From A Stone [Explicit]Example 4:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Are You Sitting Comfortably? [Explicit]Example 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
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Fourth studio album from the British recording artist. Featuring the singles 'Say Nothing', 'Close Enemies' and 'Perfect Replacement', the album entered the UK Albums Chart at #13.

BBC Review

“Always gonna live like it’s my last day,” vows Elliot ‘Example’ Gleave repeatedly on Come Taste the Rainbow, the opening track of his fourth album.

And if this set is representative of said lifestyle, we must conclude that our hero will spend most of his final hours regretfully reflecting on his excessive drink and drug habits and settling scores against ex-partners. All to a banging stadium-rave-rock-grime-house-synth-techno-metal-pop sing-along soundtrack. What a way to go.

You’d imagine Gleave would be a little more upbeat considering last year’s Playing in the Shadows peaked at number one and spawned back-to-back chart-topping singles. But Perfect Replacement and Close Enemies are bitter ripostes to exes, while One Way Mirror makes the startling accusation, “You were frosty to me like I was Nixon”.

Yet ultimately, to misquote Shakespeare in Example’s trademark not-quite-poetic manner, you might think the lad doth protest too much. Such ‘dark’ lyrical tropes have served him well in the past, and even the blokey-but-sensitive shtick of his lovably clunky, WTF rhymes are part of a well-honed musical formula.

But credit where it’s due – he provides something for everyone. Different elements to pull out for umpteen different remixes? Tick. Bits the girls can sing and the blokes can shout along to? Tick. Brooding rap section to keep it ‘real’? Tick.

A few beefy rock riffs? Skream and Benga-assisted grimey techno squawks? Icy synth stabs and trancey beats for the ravers? Tick, tick, tick, and presumably, boom as the crowd goes wild. All that’s missing, strangely but mercifully, is a bit of grotesque Auto-Tune. With it, he’d fill up his 2012 pop bingo card with ease.

Yet underneath it all, songs like Say Nothing, Queen of Your Dreams and the title track are curiously reminiscent not of his hip hop roots or vintage dance music, but soaring 80s soft rock, albeit spattered with a gob full of glottal stops. As such, how can it fail?

“I need to make a fresh start,” he frets on Snakeskin. Nonsense. You’re doing just fine, and you know it.

--Johnny Sharp

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Customer Reviews

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Example's fourth and best album 20 Nov 2012
By Louis
Format:Audio CD
This is so much better than his last two albums, 'Won't Go Quietly' (got boring after a while) and 'Playing In The Shadows' (a massive improvement but still not perfect). This one has a much more grown up sound and his voice, the lyrics, the production, the guitars and everything else all work well together on every song.

Top favourites are: 'Come Taste The Rainbow' (what an opener!), 'Close Enemies' (best single he's released so far), 'Perfect Replacement' (just epic), 'One Way Mirror', 'Snakeskin' (great guitar sound and very uplifting) and 'Blood From A Stone' (menacing and best played as loud as possible).

A fantastic album from one of the few genuinely talented artists in the charts these days. Can't wait to see what he does next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a mix 6 April 2013
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The hits and the album are a bit far apart. Bought it for the hits, disappointed by the rest of it. Not one I'd listen to often.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Third listen the charm 3 Feb 2013
By Puck
Format:Audio CD
This work is different from the previous release. I did not know what to think at my first listen. Second listen was the consideration listen. Third listen, brilliant. Amazing diversity of sound. Needs to be released here in the USA.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best material yet! 20 Nov 2012
By Nadia
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am a massive Example fan, I have seen him live about 5 times now and I didn't think he was going to be able to out do Playing with the Shadows, but he well and truly has!

This album is fantastic, I loved it from start to finish - lot more use of guitar, which works really well.

Highlights for me include Perfect Replacement, Close Enemies, Are You Sitting Comfortably, We'll Be Coming Back and Whisper.

Excellent album, possible of 2012 - highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Cd EVER 18 Oct 2013
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After Buying this from Amazon just to boost my Cd collection I was amazed with the Cd. I only bought it because I could remember the Perfect Replacement song been good (and the fact that the Cd is dead cheap) :-)
Every, and I mean EVERY song on this Cd is worth a listen, Im suprised that all 13 songs havnt been in the charts.

I also bought the Playing The Shadows Cd, and that one is ok but its not a patch on this one
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Album 3 Sep 2013
By steven
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This is the first album I have bought of Examples and its one of the best albums I have bought in a long time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great album 25 Aug 2013
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Highly recommended. I saw thiis bang on the TV at one of the open air concerts. I went straight to Amazon and bought this after hearing a couple of tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album! 7 Aug 2013
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We love this, it's great from the first time you listen to it, played over again, it's still as great!
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I preordered this album and I'm so glad I did his album is amazing and I can't get any of the songs out of my head I love example and its his best album I've listened too!! :)
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