Elliott Gleave’s fifth album as Example is a strangely comforting record.
The 32-year-old hasn’t built his reputation as being a pipe and slippers man, and fans of his poppy electro need not worry – he hasn’t morphed into Val Doonican overnight.
But dig deeper into this album of mainly chart-friendly singles and you’ll find a romantic, wise elder statesman of pop casting a wistful glance at the innocence and simplicity of his youth (Kids Again) or penning lovestruck paeans to Mrs Example Erin McNaught (Seen You, the title track).
Musically it’s a little samey and he’s at his best when doing a decent impersonation of late 90s Pet Shop Boys on At Night, the tougher Next Year or ditching the techno assaults entirely on closer Longest Goodbye.
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By Andrew Greenhalgh