Example: The Evolution of Man – review

Graham Coxon

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(Ministry of Sound)

Judging by the readers' comments, Instance gained few buddies in a recent Guardian interview. But the consensus – that the Fulham singer/rapper is an disagreeable hardnut – might be overturned by his fourth album, which is loaded with gloomy soul-searching. It's& virtually an answer report to his 2011& album, Enjoying in the& Shadows, which partied until it was sick, yielding two No 1 singles in the course of. The Evolution of Man is more sombre: minor-key melodies flicker bleakly and& grinding guitar riffs – some performed by Blur's Graham Coxon – exchange the electro knees-ups, while Instance enumerates his sins: drug abuse, infidelity, you identify it. Snakeskin is one other queasy grunge howl that has the singer sounding eerily like Kurt Cobain and confessing he is "by no means felt snug in my pores and skin". On the rap-metal Come Taste the Rainbow, he claims to have Asperger's. All in all, it's& not a lot enjoyable, but to depart so dramatically from his& previous sound is a brave move.

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