Miles Kane’s second album is an upbeat, unrelenting smorgasbord of energetic Indie Rock
Back in March 2011, Miles Kane released his sterling debut album “Colour of the Trap”. It consisted of songs set to soundtrack many a boozed-up, sweaty gig nights such as “Inhaler”. While it was certainly not bad, it wasn’t extraordinary either. Now set to release his huge second album “Don’t Forget Who You Are”, Kane returns with a new lean, rough, raspy, heavy-riffing sound which is sure to soundtrack many more sweaty nights out. And that’s a really good thing by the way.
Album highlights include the monolithic “Tonight” which has Kane on gloriously raspy form. Also featuring is a fellow mod Paul Weller co-write “You’re Gonna Get It”, which explodes with the sort of energy and confidence that makes it hard to believe that Kane only released his debut two short years ago. Single “Give Up” is also present and its moody heavy-riffing glamour is sure to tear up many-a festival tent. Kane has been labelling his emotionally-exposed “Don’t Forget Who You Are” as the best song he has ever written, and it’s clear to see why. The tune is an absolute belter and is massively exciting to listen to. However, the album is not without its dud notes. While in no way a bad song, “What Condition Am I In?” is certainly a tad underwhelming in comparison to monolithic tunes such as “Tonight” and “Give Up”. This is not an overtly serious record – and that is not a criticism. It’s a thoroughly fun, fast album. Bigger stages surely await the mod prince.
Some might say that Kane’s second album is guilty of being a bit “samey”. Kane doesn’t really push any new boundaries, but his sound has evolved into something altogether more primal here. Heavy riffs throughout, the album is a gloriously glamorous, confident work which belts out solid tunes one after another like some sort of well-oiled mod music machine. Kane was on electric form at the NME Awards Tour gig at the O2 Academy Brixton, many saying that he was the best act on the bill – despite not headlining. With a strong live presence already established, “Don’t Forget Who You Are” is going to propel Kane to even higher heights; I would heartily recommend keeping your eye on the Liverpudlian mod prince. Do yourself a favour; go see him live this summer. You won’t regret it.
Don’t Forget Who You Are’ is released on 3 June on Columbia Records.