Miles Kane: Don't Forget Who You Are (Sony)

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Miles Kane: Better Than That
Miles Kane: Don't Forget Who You Are (Sony)

Readers of fine print will know Kane as half of The Last Shadow Puppets alongside Arctic Monkey's Alex Turner.

Here he dials back to classic English pop-rock with roots in noisy Beatles (he references Birthday), glam-rock, Roy Woods' 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 singalong choruses.

With famous friends (Kid Harpoon 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.

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