Miles Kane - Don't Forget Who You Are  [Album]
Deluxe Edition / Sony Music / CD
MP3 V0 (VBR) / Scene
When Miles Kane released “The Colour of the Trap” in 2011 he proved he was much more than just that lead singer from The Rascals or that other guy in The Last Shadow Puppets. The album cemented his place in the current Indie Rock hierarchy and made him a household name. A tough record to follow up.
This time the Liverpudlian has elicited help from the Modfather – Paul Weller – rather than his mate Alex Turner and the affects are there to be seen. This record is heavier than the last yet Kane’s signature sound is still written all over it. The opener does exactly what the first song in an album should – it grips you. The hook of “Taking Over” that is lead into by a great drum line and lifted by some nicely placed backing singing mixes well with the excellent guitar sounds that can be heard throughout.
“Better Than That” is the first indication that this is an album that Weller has had a hand in with the tune having an edge similar to that of The Jam, an upbeat melody. This same influence peeps its head again in “What Condition Am I In” – a second wind is given to the record because of this and it showcases Kane as an increasingly diverse artist.
“Don’t Forget Who You Are” and “Give Up” will be familiar to many and they are certainly high points but the rest of the songs are far from simple filler. “Out of Control” is a beautifully relaxed effort which is amplified by the introduction of piano riffs and “Fire In My Heart” is another nice break from the heaviness as Kane takes to the acoustic guitar.
“Don’t Forget Who You Are” may not have as many memorable songs as his debut album – there’s no “Rearrange”or “Inhaler” here. But as an album it is just as strong as “The Colour of the Trap”, every song has its own unique quality. This record furthers Miles Kane’s reputation as one the true saviours of British indie rock.
01 Taking Over
02 Don't Forget Who You Are
03 Better Than That
04 Out of Control
07 What Condition Am I In?
08 Fire In My Heart
09 You're Gonna Get It
10 Give Up
11 Darkness In Our Hearts
Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:
12 Start of Something Big
13 Caught In the Act
14 First of My Kind