Since the inception of The Little Flames, a graduation as frontman of The Rascals in 2007 and the explosion of his solo debut record in 2011, Miles Kane has catapulted from Alex Turner’s fellow Last Shadow Puppet into an indie-rock superstar. Now in 2013, fresh from rubbing shoulders with the Mod-Father himself Paul Weller, Miles Kane’s latest offering has an insurgent maturity that will appeal to an eclectic audience of cult fans and radio listeners.
It’s a well known fact that an artists second record can be a lot more difficult than their first, but Kane’s Don’t Forget Who You Are has no such trouble. It’s a natural progression from 2011’s Colour Of The Trap and will have fans’ tongue’s wagging even more.
Collectively, the record has it’s outrageous bellow-the-chorus-at-the-top-of-your-voice moments as well as some deeper intimate moments that let us peer into the mind of Miles Kane. The lead single from the album that we were treated to back in February, Give Up, is angry and passionate as Miles reveals his disenchantment with dating super-models (A problem not many of us will have in our life time I’m sure). Album opener Taking Over is one of the standout tracks from the eleven song ensemble. It’s Miles Kane at his very best. Taking Over is catchy, infectious, charged with emotion and backed by some mesmerising riffs as well as colossal mid-song solo. Proceeding this is the pre-order bonus title track Don’t Forget Who You Are. This is truly one for the fans and has one of the biggest chorus’ you could ever imagine.
More intimate moments come in the form of Out Of Control as Miles can be heard crooning about the enigma of love backed with an acoustic guitar and these feelings are echoed within Fire In My Heart.
With Don’t Forget Who You Are, Miles Kane has accomplished a feel-good Saturday night album. You’re drinking with your mates, you’ve got your best clobber on, you’re ready to go out and party and the album is filling you with all of the anticipation and excitement of the night ahead. And don’t forget, the more intimate moments of the album are there to pick you up on the Sunday morning.
Finally, just a note to mention how good Miles’ band mates are. The introduction of George Moran has proved instrumental considering his guitar work and backing vocals are both equally astute.
The View From The Music gives this album an 8.5/10
The album is out on Monday 3rd June, pre-order here.
Image appears courtesy of Columbia Records.