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Colour Of The Trap [CD]

Miles Kane Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B004E9SU14
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,713 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Counting Down The Days 3:210.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Quicksand 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Inhaler 3:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Kingcrawler 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Take The Night From Me 2:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Telepathy 3:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Better Left Invisible 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Colour Of The Trap 3:280.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Talented artist's promising debut 13 July 2013
By ReviewBlog51 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I confess, the solo work of Miles Kane didn't really interest me until I heard a few days ago his new single 'Don't Forget Who You Are' from his second album of the same name, which I bought immediately. I was drawn to buying his 2011 debut 'Colour Of The Trap', and have now found a new favourite artist. I loved the music of The Rascals and The Last Shadow Puppets, but I'm enjoying Miles' solo stuff more.

This album 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 is in fact one of the strongest British albums I've heard in a long time.

Most of all, as well as his singing, 'Color Of The Trap' showcases Miles' talent as a songwriter. He is able to pen upbeat tracks as well as songs which are slow and relaxing, despite the difference in style, all of them are very catchy.

I highly recommend both 'Colour Of The Trap', and 'Don't Forget Who You Are'. Roll on album number three...
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4.0 out of 5 stars better than I thought 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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5.0 out of 5 stars What A Musical Talent 17 Mar 2013
By Stevo
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great value album 26 Feb 2013
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Not a song I don't like on here. Just as good as he sounds live. Definitely worth buying, especially at such a great price!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great 16 April 2014
By Hynes
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If you like/love the Last Shadow Puppets "Age of the Understatement" album, you will like/love this album.
"Come Closer" and "Rearrange" I had previously heard, the rest of the album doesn't disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have... 7 April 2014
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Miles Kane is swiftly becoming the UK's newest and in my opinion, most talented new musician and singer songwriter. I have enjoyed his music so far and this album is a must have for fans of good and proper independant music. A breath of fresh air in this countries manufactured and cultureless music industry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute genius 10 Jan 2014
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Another great CD from Miles Kane, decent music, played loads since Christmas, uploaded to phone straight away, music at its best
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