Miles Kane – Colour Of The Trap (Columbia)

With his Beatle-esque moptop and dark good looks, Miles Kane stares out from his debut solo album looking like the quintessential Brit-popper. And you certainly couldn’t accuse him of false advertising, because that’s just what he delivers.

25-year-old Kane is best known for his participation in The Last Shadow Puppets, the side-project of Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner that released one album in 2008.  Turner is all over this album as well, co-writing six of the twelve songs with Kane. Besides Kane’s appearance, classic British pop is referred to elsewhere. Part of the album was recorded at The Kinks’ Konk Studio, former Oasis leader Noel Gallagher sings backing vocals on one track, Super Furry Animals’ singer Gruff Rhys sings on most tracks and co-wrote one song and musically, Kane makes reference to The Beatles, Joe Meek, Marc Bolan and solo John Lennon.

One thing that Kane has learned from the past is the importance of a good chorus. This album is full of them. Simple, catchy, memorable choruses abound on songs like Come Closer and Rearrange, the first two tracks on the album. Rearrange also features Kane playing a guitar solo that sounds like it was lifted from The Tornados’ Telstar.

My Fantasy follows. It’s a string-laden ballad with Kane sounding very much like Marc Bolan. Happenstance is a moody piece featuring French actress Clemence Poesy purring away in the background. Corrine Bailey Rae joins in on the bouncy sing-a-long Quicksand. I should point out, that despite the presence of multiple guest backing vocalists, they tend to go by unnoticed. This is a good thing as they don’t detract from Kane’s fine singing, guitar playing and songwriting.

Evidently Miles Kane is an avid garage rocker as well. On Inhaler, he dug up former Music Machine leader Sean Bonniwell and they co-wrote this riff-rocker. After the 50s-inspired Take The Night From Me and the twangy Telepathy, Kane closes the album out with what sounds like two tributes to John Lennon. Better Left Invisible is a thinly-disguised rewriting of Lennon’s Cold Turkey and the title track features a sparse drum and piano intro that is reminiscent of Mother from Plastic Ono Band.

Overall, this is a very satisfying set of songs. Miles Kane recently opened shows for Beady Eye, the Noel-less version of Oasis, fronted by Liam. Ironically, Kane has just produced the album most folks wished Oasis had made, instead of the tripe they cranked out over the past decade.

Marty Duda

Click here to listen to My Fantasy from Colour Of The Trap