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  • Audio CD (9 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B004E9SU14
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,436 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Recorded in London with Dan Carey (Franz Ferdinand, Hot Chip) and San Francisco with Dan The Automator (Gorillaz, Kasabian), Colour of the Trap is a glorious exploration into the darker corners of vintage pop, psych and blue-eyed soul sounds by Miles; half boy-next-door, half charisma-firework, all instantly loveable star quality.

Starting work on the album in the famous Konk Studios in Hornsey, this natural frontman went on to bunker down with producer Dan Carey in Streatham for four action packed weeks. The Wirral bred singer songwriter then travelled to the West Coast of the United States to hook up with Dan The Automator, who lent additional production to the lithe, lean R&B flavoured funk of "Come Closer", the album’s first fully available single. The infectious "Rearrange" as well as the erudite groove of "Counting Down The Days" were also honed with the Gorillaz collaborator.

For such a stellar record, it’s perhaps fitting that this 12 track collection boasts an all-star cast. Miles’ Last Shadow Puppets sparring partner and full time Arctic Monkey Alex Turner worked with Miles on the aptly named "Telepathy", while Super Furry Animal Gruff Rhys provides backing vocals throughout the album and co-wrote the turbulent moody blues of "Kingcrawler".

Noel Gallagher appears as well, helping out with harmonies on "My Fantasy". The breathy, psychedelic romance "Happenstance" features another guest: French actress Clémence Poésy, best known for her roles in In Bruges and Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire.

"Rearrange" is a finger-snapping instant classic complete with guitar effects of which Joe Meek would be proud - a reference Kane happily accepts. "A friend of mine did say it was like the modern day Telstar in a weird way."

Further knowing nods to musical greats feature in "Better Left Invisible", which opens with a direct and purposeful reboot of the riff from John Lennon’s "Cold Turkey", while ‘Inhaler’ is a tribute to one of Miles’ favourite acts – Los Angeles’ psychedelic garage group Bonniwell Music Machine.

Very much a modern man, most of Miles’ accomplished material comes in the form of love songs, lyrically encompassing everything from the sleazy and seductive to the fragile and heartfelt.

Joined by a brand new band, featuring Jay Sharrock from The Sand Band on drums, singer-songwriter Eugene McGuinness on rhythm guitar, Ben Parsons and Phil Anderson from Cherry Ghost on keyboards and bass guitar respectively, Colour of the Trap is just as scintillating live as it is on record.

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When Miles Kane absconded from his day band The Rascals to knock out the scintillating Bacharach update that was the Last Shadow Puppets album with Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, he clearly found his niche. For this, his solo debut, Kane carves for himself a position as one of alternative pop’s prime retro-visionists as firmly as Brian Cox has cemented his role as the universe’s smiliest harbinger of doom. Not since The Bees’ A Minha Menina has 1960s psych-soul sounded so fresh; authentically swathed in Tornados twangs and spooky cellar-pop atmospheres, Colour of the Trap could have been unearthed from some hidden basement lair beneath Joe Meek’s old studio. You half expect to blow on the sleeve and dislodge a cloud of dust.

While so much Ronson-sealed retro is all about re-upholstering Motown for the nostalgia market – the equivalent of digitally colouring in old footage of Aretha Franklin – Kane knows that the true power is in the spirit of the time, and this he sets about capturing with a craftsman’s eye. So Inhaler makes a buzzy, rootsy, garage gospel-blues racket out of what might well be a song about asthma treatments, while Quicksand squishes all the miniskirt-flapping thrills of the entire 1963 run of Ready, Steady, Go! into three minutes of twinkling pop brilliance. There’s detail and reverence in the Stones riff stabs of Come Closer, the Bolan bounce of My Fantasy, the Spaghetti Western surf of Counting Down the Days and the Hammond helltones of Kingcrawler that make them feel like lovingly reassembled dinosaur skeletons given new flesh.

That all of the songs recount romantic misdeeds and obsessions only serves to conjure all the more a period when 99.99% of all pop songs were about girls and the remaining 0.01% were about surfing or satellites. But how long can Kane keep his time-travel pop sounding relevant? Colour of the Trap, impressive an achievement as it is, is begging for diminishing returns. First the Shadow Puppets, now this… let’s hope Miles shows us what he can do with the current decade next time, or he’ll date as ferociously as a pre-nuptial David Walliams.

--Mark Beaumont

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 July 2013
Format: Audio CD
I confess, I was already something of an avid fan of Miles Kane, enjoying his work with his band The Rascals and the collaboration with long-time friend and fellow cool man Alex Tuner. and his new single 'Don't Forget Who You Are', from his second album of the same name is my anthem for the Summer. I bought the new album immediately, and I love it, but my favourite Miles record remains his 2011 debut 'Colour Of The Trap'. As soon as I gave this beauty a few spins for the first time, I had found myself a new favourite artist. Like I said, I loved the sound of The Rascals and The Last Shadow Puppets, but I enjoy Miles' solo stuff more.

'Colour of the Trap' is filled with solid songs with a deliberate retro 1960s feel. My personal favourites are 'Come Closer', 'Inhaler', 'Rearrange', 'Take The Night From Me' and 'My Fantasy'. There is currently some brilliant new music in the UK charts, and I think that Miles is definitely one of the best solo acts at the moment. This excellent debut album, proving that indie-rock is still truly alive and well, remain one of the strongest British albums I've heard in a long time.

Most of all, as well as his singing and distinctive voice, 'Color Of The Trap' showcases Miles' talent as a songwriter. He is able to pen upbeat tracks ('Rearrange' and 'Come Closer' are cool and instantly catchy) as well as songs which are slow and relaxing (the best example of this the dreamy and beautiful 'Take This Night From Me'), despite the difference in style, all of them are highly playable. Miles also has one cool look going on also, and the CD's booklet contains some fine pictures of this handsome chap.

I highly recommend both 'Colour Of The Trap', and 'Don't Forget Who You Are' for fans of indie-rock music and proper musicians. Roll on album number three...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Stewart on 13 Mar. 2013
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Bought the album for my boyfriend as he is a big Miles Kane fan and even I was overly impressed with the album. It's not very often you get an album where all the songs are as good as each other - there's not a single weak song on the disk and each song is very different to the rest. Most definitely worth the money, I am now a converted Miles Kane Fan!
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By xercron on 14 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I am a committed Last Shadow Puppets (LSP) fan so when this album came out I had to add it to the collection. This album has wonderful songs with compelling beats that has me enjoying it more each time I put it on. Very much an album that grows each and every time. This is up there, in my humble opinion, with the LSP album and, for me, that is praise indeed!
I have since tried to catch Miles on tour but missed the opportunity by a country mile; all credit to those who recognised the opportunity to see this talented individual before me. Found a way round by getting tickets to Kasabian at Nottingham purely so I can see Miles as the support.... Kasabian are okay too I suppose!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stevo on 17 Mar. 2013
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Give This Album A Play & You'll Not Be Disappointed, The More You Play The Better Miles Kane Gets, Outstanding Musician In All Departments, A Man With Lots Of Talent. LP Vinyl Version Plays Fantastic.
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By Bunny Zaz on 20 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album on a whim, but after a couple of listens its become a firm favourite. Its songs are so catchy that you've always got one or another bouncing around in your head at any given time. I couldnt think of a better album to cheer up a grey winter afternoon than this- i defy anyone to not be happily bouncing around the house, singing along by about twenty seconds into the first song, or playing the free air guitar that came with the album ;)
I also love the fact that the songs all have a different feel to them, even with the cool retro theme. No fillers here, its all good!
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By L. Richardson on 18 May 2011
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No big fanfair anounces this album but that is fitting because it is a understated but well crafted offering. It does as many people have said have a retro feel. In my mind it echos the singer song writers that we no longer get in any quality. They still exist but not at this level. Kane has a fine voice and of couse it fits this selection of songs well. This is not going to be the album of the year but I think it should be a good seller because it would fit into so many peoples collection. The music is mellow, tunefull with no rough edges.
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Was not sure what to expect from Miles Kane first album, thought it was going to be along the lines of Arctic Monkeys following his collaboration with Alex, but after seeing Miles perform 'Inhaler' on the Jools Holland show, i decided to download the album and now it is one of the albums I regularly play.

it opens with Come Closer which is a great track to start the album and relects what is to come. other stand out tracks are Kingcrawler, Telepathy and Inhaler. one of the surprise albums of the year. other
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Allen on 22 May 2013
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Surprisingly very good considering I didn't like Last Shadow Puppets, plenty of good tunes and some really good lyrics, can't wait for new album.
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