Home > News & Reviews > Miles Kane

Miles Kane - Coup de Grace (Album Review)

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 Written by Liam Turner

No matter how much Miles Kane might like to think of himself as a solo act, the fact remains that he’s always struggled to emerge from the shadows of his more revered pals. He’s scored two number one albums with The Last Shadow Puppets, but those have to be viewed in the context of Alex Turner’s contributions. Of his own material, how much do you remember aside from a couple of chanty singalongs?

On ‘Coup de Grace’, his third full-length, Kane has enlisted the help of more big names, with the likes of Lana del Rey and Jamie T stepping in as co-writers. But rather than enhancing the overall quality of this new record, Kane’s exalted company only serves to highlight his lack of emotional and songwriting depth.

Here he presents the end of a relationship the way a cat might might parade the carcass of a dead bird.

There's not much in the way of subtlety, and you'd easily be forgiven for thinking he’s just regaling us with tales of lairy nights out in Liverpool (or is it L.A. now?). “I wanna vibe with you, get high with you, lose control,” he shouts on Wrong Side of Life.

There are a couple of slower tracks here that do elucidate Kane's relationship strife, but they're so painfully uninspired that it's easy to mistake them for something from a previous release.

Still, this record does surprise in some areas. For one, it benefits hugely from the talents of producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Swans), who has cleverly imbued the whole thing with a sparkle and sheen that draws out Kane’s glam sensibilities.

It is also quite fun. The title track marches forward like a carnival, its bouncy percussion and jagged guitar lines playing around each other like snake and charmer, while Cry on my Guitar shamelessly nods to the golden age of glam thanks to Marc Bolan-esque whispers and the Get It On rhythm mimicked almost to a tee. Kane just about gets away with it, too.

There are some out there who want ‘Coup de Grace’ to be the final blow for Kane but, while he may be more b-list than indie-elite, there’s nothing concrete here to suggest that he should bow out just yet.

Miles Kane Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Thu November 22 2018 - GLASGOW Barrowland
Fri November 23 2018 - MANCHESTER Manchester Academy
Sat November 24 2018 - MANCHESTER Manchester Academy
Mon November 26 2018 - NORWICH Norwich Nick Rayns LCR UEA
Tue November 27 2018 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute
Thu November 29 2018 - LEEDS O2 Academy Leeds
Fri November 30 2018 - HULL Hull University
Sat December 01 2018 - NEWCASTLE O2 Academy Newcastle
Mon December 03 2018 - BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol
Tue December 04 2018 - LEICESTER O2 Academy Leicester
Thu December 06 2018 - LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
Fri December 07 2018 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Sat December 08 2018 - LIVERPOOL Liverpool Guild of Students - Mountford Hall

Click here to compare & buy Miles Kane Tickets at Stereoboard.com.





Let Us Know What You Think - Leave A Comment!




You May Also Like:

Beginning, Middle and End: Ash's Tim Wheeler On Crafting 'Islands'
Tue 14 Aug 2018
Once we had survived a punishing winter that would have made even your average White Walker cling to their hot water bottle, it came time to talk ‘soundtrack to the summer’. As ever, the conversation pretty much started and finished with Ash. Possessing a typically enchanting feelgood factor that belied the heartache at its core, the Northern Irish trio’s new album ‘Islands’ was tailor made to accompany bright blue skies and long lazy days topping up your tan.
Santigold - 'I Don't Want: The Gold Fire Sessions' (Album Review)
Tue 14 Aug 2018
With dancehall continuing to enjoy an influential spot in the mainstream Santigold has combined with Mixpak label owner Dre Skull on 'I Don't Want: The Gold Fire Sessions', a mixtape that finds her dipping into fresh waters.
Slaves - Acts of Fear and Love (Album Review)
Tue 21 Aug 2018
Whether it’s because they’ve pricked the ears of primetime Radio 1 DJs, or because they’ve signed to one of the biggest record labels in the world, or because their songs spout trite counterculture messages, the likes of which any 16-year-old has already heard too many times, Slaves always come across as punk-lite. It’s been said that they’re punk for those who don’t really know what punk is, and their new record, ‘Acts of Fear and Love’, proves that maxim still rings true.
White Denim - Performance (Album Review)
Wed 29 Aug 2018
Photo: Pooneh Ghana The late summer bank holiday is gone and the leaves are beginning to brown. It’s a time for reflection and calmness before we drag ourselves into the long autumnal evening.
Interpol - Marauder (Album Review)
Tue 04 Sep 2018
Photo: Jamie-James Medina Having dispensed with the anagrams following the release of the excellent ‘El Pintor’ four years ago, Interpol’s sixth album ‘Marauder’ is the subject of a production shift. Not since 2007’s ‘Our Love To Admire’ have they employed an outside producer, so it’s somewhat surprising to find Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, the Flaming Lips) at the helm here.
Richard Ashcroft Announces New Album 'Natural Rebel' And Autumn UK Tour
Wed 15 Aug 2018
Richard Ashcroft has announced a new solo album and UK tour.
Elle King Confirms Details Of Second Album 'Shake The Spirit', Shares New Track Good Thing Gone
Fri 07 Sep 2018
Elle King has shared the details of her sophomore LP. 
Alt-J Release Video For Alchemist x Trooko Version Of Deadcrush Featuring Danny Brown
Thu 06 Sep 2018
Alt-J have shared a video for the Alchemist x Trooko version of Deadcrush, which features Danny Brown.
 
< Prev   Next >