MYLES KENNEDY (Slash) – Year Of The Tiger (2018)
MYLES KENNEDY, one of Rock music’s most distinct voices, is set to release his debut solo album, “Year Of The Tiger” on March 9, 2018. The acclaimed singer / songwriter known for his work with Alter Bridge as well as with Slash And The Conspirators recently completed the record, something different from he usually does.
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, classic rock 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. Even so, whatever confessional honesty informs Kennedy’s “Year of the Tiger”, in the end it’s the music that counts
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” and “Ghost Of Shangri La”.
If “Devil On The Wall” doesn’t infect you with the desire to stroll into a Wild West saloon and start a good ol’ bar fight, nothing will, and you certainly need to smile more. Similarly, “Songbird” will have you wanting to put the pedal to the metal, arm resting over the door, luxuriating in a cool caressing wind as you drive towards the sunset.
“Year Of The Tiger” is a personal story framed in a new context from an artist willing to take chances. It’s also a story that took decades to summon up the courage to tell.
And I like it. I always believed that if an artist famous for the work with a band would go solo, he should try something different, personal. Kennedy did it here, strong songs with a rootsy classic rock feeling. It’s an emotionally raw, stripped-back work that occasionally evokes acoustic Led Zeppelin.
01 – Year of the Tiger
02 – The Great Beyond
03 – Blind Faith
04 – Devil on the Wall
05 – Ghost of Shangri La
06 – Turning Stones
07 – Haunted by Design
08 – Mother
09 – Nothing but a Name
10 – Love Can Only Heal
11 – Songbird
12 – One Fine Day
Myles Kennedy – vocals, guitar, lap steel, mandolin, banjo, bass
Tim Tournier – bass
Zia Uddin – drums