Miles Kane Inhaler – single review
He’s nothing if not tenacious, Miles Kane. After twice trying, and failing, to mastermind a musical career with bands from his native Wirral (Little Flames and then the Rascals) he kept at it and finally made a name for himself as Alex Turner’s Last Shadow Puppets sidekick.
Now, with Turner back to his day job working on a new Arctic Monkeys album, Miles Kane has gone it alone with a solo album which, if this first single is anything to go by, promises to finally establish him as star in his own right. Although it features a riff ripped straight from an old Music Machine song (something Kane openly admits to), is heavily influenced by John Lennon (again, something Kane is not shy about admitting) and a chorus that began life as an in-joke about his asthma, Inhaler is a soulful, energetic and distinctive slice of rock and pop. In fact, Inhaler is exactly the kind of honest, balls-out rock and roll song that has been in short supply recently.
There’s definitely a wide open space for a proper rock star to grow into, and who would bet against the tenacious and talented Miles Kane to fill it?