'The Ides Of March'
At this point, Myles Kennedy’s voice precedes him. Certainly, it courses through six chart-topping albums from gold-selling rock juggernaut Alter Bridge, three records with Slash and The Conspirators, two albums from The Mayfield Four, his 2018 solo debut 'Year of the Tiger', and guest appearances for everyone from Disturbed and Halestorm to Gov’t Mule, Sevendust, Mark Morton and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels.
For as much as he remains renowned for his skyscraping timbre and earth-quaking bluesy wail, his musicianship also encompasses eloquent songcraft, thoughtful cinematic arrangements, and, of course, dynamic guitar fireworks as explosive as his astounding vocal range. That brings us to his second full-length solo album, 'The Ides Of March' [Napalm Records]. These eleven tracks follow all of his muses into a pastiche of distorted rock ‘n’ roll frenzy, Memphis Delta-soaked blues catharsis, soul ponderances, and even dalliances into country. In essence, it presents every side of Myles Kennedy.
'Tell It Like It Is' is just a down south rockin' track with plenty of slide and a kick ass beat that will have your feet tapping from the off.
'Moonshot' is a beautiful ballad and Myles' voice is just huge throughout. Next is a track called 'Wanderlust Begins', which has a wonderful change of tempo with a fabulous sound, both musically and vocally.
The penultimate track 'Sifting Through The Fire', brings us an Allman Brothers feel with the guitar start before we are taken along at a pleasant and enjoyable pace with wonderful guitar throughout.
We kick off with 'Get Along', which has a blistering lick driven guitar start before Myles' wonderful voice drives on and delivers a belter of an opener.
'A Thousand Words' has a country vibe to start off with before we are treated to a ballad with a heavier undertone. This is followed by 'In Stride', which was the first single released and is a joy of a track with some sumptuous slide playing mixed with a rockin' vocal performance.
Next up is the title track 'The Ides Of March', which has a wonderful evocative opening before we are taken on a journey played out like a rock opera with plenty of musical changes throughout and big build ups leading to big choruses. 'Wake Me When It's Over' is a more upbeat and lively number from the start dealing with the problems we all face in the world right now. A wonderful huge chorus that rocks.
'Love Rain Down' brings us just Myles and an acoustic guitar, stripped back and raw and is just a great way to start before the band join in and continue on throughout complementing Myles' voice perfectly.
'Worried Mind' draws to a close another excellent release from one of the most tallented and exceptional musicians of the modern rock era. Myles can sing a lullaby to a young child, to blowing the roof of any arena in the world or mesmerizing a hundred thousand people in a stadium. This last track has touches of jazz, soul, sultry blues, slide and everything in between. Another excellent performance and a fitting finale. Just another wonderful solo release.
TFM gives 'The Ides Of March' a solid 9/10, definitely one to add to your collection. https://myleskennedy.com/