Album Review: Coup De Grace by Miles Kane

Posted by Bianca on Thursday Aug 9, 2018 Under Album Review

Review by Rob Johnson

Miles Kane inhabits that weird sweet spot in indie guitar music wherein he is pretty much a household name without ever becoming a bona fide pop star. His third album Coup De Grace finds Kane in defiant mood, embracing his heaviest sound yet.


One thing that is for absolute certain when it comes to Miles Kane, other than the fact that he is probably the best dressed man in rock music, is that he always picks his collaborators well. His love in with Alex Turner extended beyond The Last Shadow Puppets into the writing of Kane’s first album Colour of the Trap. Kane shared song writing duties with the legendary Paul Weller on album number 2 and for Coup De Grace he has drafted in indie troubadour Jamie T, who shares a song writing credit on 7 of the albums 10 tracks.

Depending on your musical leanings, a possible criticism of Miles Kane is that his style is firmly rooted in the past rather than the future, or even the present. Cry On My Guitar is a glam rock stomp that comes straight out of the Marc Bolan song book, the demented war cry of Cold Light of Day channels Iggy Pop and the title track evokes Bowie at his funkiest. If you’re gonna crib from other artists, you might as well choose the best. Just ask Noel Gallagher.

Kane really hits his stride when he dials back the rock ‘n’ roll bluster however. Killing the Joke is the banger that is missing from the Arctic Monkeys latest album and Loaded, featuring none other than Lana Del Rey, is as good as Kane has ever been.

The great thing about a Miles Kane record is that everyone always seems to be having so much fun. Silverscreen is a toe-tapping tour de force that ends in the Liverpool singer-songwriter lamenting ‘you won’t leave it alone’ in his best Merseyside snarl and The Wrong Side of Life is an irresistible slice of abrasive rock ‘n’ roll music that could have been written by John Lennon in his post-Beatles years.

The album closes with Shavambacu which meanders along nicely before exploding into a jingly-jangly chorus that will be stuck in your head for ages afterwards. The song works as an allegory for Miles Kane as an artist. No matter what you think of him, he won’t be ignored. He won’t be forgotten. And he certainly won’t be stopped. Coup De Grace doesn’t break any new ground, but nor would you want it to. In a musical landscape that is so bereft of proper rock ‘n’ roll music, Miles Kane is as vital as ever.

Coup De Grace – released 10th August 2018 on Virgin EMI.

Coup De Grace Tracklisting:

Too Little Too Late
Cry On My Guitar
Cold Light of the Day
Killing the Joke
Coup De Grace
The Wrong Side of Life
Something to Rely On

Miles Kane and his band play the following winter tour dates including London’s Brixton Academy.

Thurs 22nd – GLASGOW, The Barrowland Ballroom
Fri 23rd – MANCHESTER, Manchester Academy 1
Sat 24th – MANCHESTER, Manchester Academy 1
Mon 26th – NORWICH, The LCR UEA
Tues 27th – BIRMINGHAM, O2 Institute
Thurs 29th – LEEDS, O2 Academy
Fri 30th – HULL, Hull University
Sat 1st – NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy
Mon 3rd – BRISTOL, O2 Academy
Tues 4th – LEICESTER, O2 Academy
Thurs 6th – LONDON, O2 Academy Brixton
Fri 7th – NOTTINGHAM, Rock City
Sat 8th – LIVERPOOL, Mountford Hall

Tickets are available here:

One Response to “Album Review: Coup De Grace by Miles Kane”

  1. Gig Junkies » Blog Archive » Miles Kane at Rock City, Nottingham, UK – 7th December 2018 Says:

    […] well up for it.” and he did… he brought the energy tenfold to the penultimate night of his Coup De Grace winter tour, it was absolutely […]

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