myles kennedy Year of the Tiger (CD, £12.95)
One of rock music’s most distinct voices releases his debut solo album worldwide via Napalm Records. The acclaimed singer/songwriter is known for his work with Alter Bridge as well as with Slash and the Conspirators. On Year Of The Tiger, Kennedy embarks on his first venture as a solo artist by embracing musical elements and influences he hasn’t explored until this point in his career. His appreciation for the blues and acoustic based music can be heard throughout the 12-song concept record inspired by the loss of his father when he was a child. The multi-instrumentalist played lap steel, mandolin, banjo and bass in addition to the guitar on the record. This shift in instrumentation helped create a new sonic canvas that some might consider a departure from the high gain wall of sound Kennedy has been associated with. Examples of this can be heard throughout the record, from the hypnotic drone of the title track, to the intricate finger style approach of “Haunted By Design” Year of the Tiger is a personal story framed in a new context from an artist.
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