Contact Us

Miles Kane, ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’ – Album Review

With his second solo album, Miles Kane cements his status as the heir apparent to the throne of all things “Britpop.” From his teenage rumblings in the Little Flames and the Rascals through his collaboration with Arctic Monkeys main man Alex Turner on the now-classic Last Shadow Puppets album ‘The Age Of the Understatement,’ Kane has been slowly shaping himself into a first rate songwriter and performer.

On his debut outing, 2011’s ‘The Colour Of the Trap,’ Kane continued the traditions set forth by like-minded souls from Marc Bolan through to Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher with a rocking set of melodic pop rockers. This time, he kicks things off with the seductive ‘Taking Over,’ which lurches in with a T. Rex-ian groove before merging head on into Buzzcocks-like rush, then back again.

After that emphatic introduction, the mood is carried on with the album’s title cut, which sails in on a bouncing rhythm and incorporates a rousing sing-along chorus. ‘Better Than That’ gets a Motown-inspired beat going; it grooves and stomps its way right into one’s heart. The ultra-catchy chorus wins again here. The song is one of a handful co-written by Kane with elusive former XTC leader Andy Partridge, who lends his always glorious pop sensibility.

‘Out Of Control’ has elements of ‘Hunky Dory’-era Bowie piled onto a plate of ‘Morning Glory’-era Oasis, with its dominant use of acoustic guitars, making for a simply beautiful track. ‘Bombshells’ is shimmering pristine pop, while ‘Tonight’ is a revved-up fuzzbox stomper with a choppy, somewhat Kinks-y riff, proving Kane is not content to deliver just one style and hope for the best.

‘What Condition Am I In?’ is another Partridge/Kane pairing that, again, uses a soul-based feel to fine effect. The one and only Paul Weller stops by to throw his two cents in, co-writing ‘Fire In My Heart’ and ‘You’re Gonna Get It.’ The former is a wistful ballad, while the latter is a full-on rocker stocked with pounding drums and blistering guitars.

The album’s first single,’Give Up,’ is a heavy riff rocker, not unlike the Arctic Monkeys work with Queens Of the Stone Age‘s Josh Homme. It’s also got some vintage T. Rex moves mixed in as Kane dishes out a suitably aggressive vocal. ‘Darkness In Our Hearts’ ends things in almost anthemic fashion. The bouncing rhythm and angular guitars push this steamroller along, complete with manic guitar breaks.

Exquisitely produced by Ian Broudie (who also co-wrote some of the songs), ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’ is classic British pop/rock that manages to sound fresh and avoids tumbling out like a tired, worn-out cliche. Miles Kane has his eye on the prize, and he’s almost there. A rousing success all around!

9 out of 10 rating

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Best of Diffuser

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Sign up for quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!