Album review: Miles Kane, Don't Forget Who You Are

By Graham Reid

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Readers of fine print will know Kane as half of the Last Shadow Puppets alongside Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner.

Here he dials back to classic English pop-rock with roots in noisy Beatles (he references Birthday), glam-rock, Roy Wood's Wizzard and the axis of the Who/Jam (Paul Weller co-writes three songs including the bristling Start of Something Big).

Ian (Lightning Seeds) Broudie handles production and co-writes the guitar-soul stomper Better Than That, the widescreen string-enhanced ballad Out of Control with Robbie Williams' hit-penner Guy Chambers and the massive power-pop of Bombshell.

XTC's Andy Partridge co-writes the attacking Darkness in Our Hearts and radio-pop Better Than That. So this is big on references assimilated, half-remembered riffs and melodic progressions bent to new purposes and some heroic sky-scaling sing-along choruses.

With famous friends (Kid Harpoon is also a co-writer, strings by Sean O'Hagan of the High Llamas, Turner writing First of My Kind with him), Kane is connected, plugged-in and turned up.

But overall this still sounds too much like the sum of influences. So not essential or important, but rowdy fun ... and pub-quiz fans can complete the next line of the album title. That's humour, with aspirations.

Stars: 3.5/5
Verdict: Retro-fit Brit-pop which shamelessly enjoys itself

- TimeOut / elsewhere.co.nz

- NZ Herald

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