Review of Don’t Forget Who You Are by Miles Kane
Miles Kane hit the scene with some style back in 2011, with his debut album ‘Colour of the Trap‘. Since that time he has been quietly going about his business, whilst still drawing the critics in to his enigmatic style. This has been evidenced through the love that NME afforded him, particularly on the NME live tour.
This album continues on from the strong debut and definitely doesn’t suffer that “difficult second album syndrome”. Not that it was ever going to be an issue for Miles Kane. Just to make sure, Ian Broudie was brought in to produce ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are‘. Broudie is famed for his influence over The Zutons and Echo and the Bunnymen, ensuring his place as part of the make-up of the English music scene.
‘Don’t Forget Who You Are‘ takes the listener on a musical journey. Not particularly through a story being told through the album, but more through the eclectic mix of styles present on the album. The opening track has a glimmer of Glam Rock about it, through to ‘Taking Over‘ which goes to the other end of the spectrum, boasting a constant backdrop of a buzzsaw guitar, yet sung over with some incredible harmonies, ensuring that has “hit” written all over it.
If you have seen Miles Kane live recently, you will be familiar with the title track ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are‘. The track has stadium or festival written all over it. The almost anthemic track, is such a large sound, there is no doubt it will get you singing along, whether listening at home alone or as part of a massive crowd. It definitely sits comfortably along other huge tracks such as ‘Inhaler’
All in all ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are‘ is a great album. Yes, I did use the word great and I meant it. The vocals performed by Miles Kane are first class. The production is text book Broudie and the quality of composition and imagination of the music is really strong. If all of that wasn’t enough, Paul Weller also gets involved with several credits to his name. Yes, 2013 isn’t quite half way through yet, but we definitely have a contender for album of the year here.
The album is being streamed in loads of places all over the web so take a listen. If you don’t get a chance before release date, you can basically expect a slightly rougher and definitely more raw record than his debut. The new album will appeal to both old Miles Kane fans as well as draw in lots of new ones.