Announcing Year of the Tiger Sings Myles Kennedy Solo

Announcing Year of the Tiger Sings Myles Kennedy Solo

The album had a long gestation period, seven years. The first solo album Myles Kennedy wrote he threw away, leading to a period of intense writing as Myles said he found himself “writing like a madman.” With over twenty songs written over a short period, he began to see a clear direction to take.  Suddenly, “It became incredibly obvious what the source of inspiration needed to be lyrically driven,” he says. “I realized it was time to jump head-first into something I’ve been putting off for my whole life as a writer.” The result was a dozen tracks that shaped and created the solo album, Year of The Tiger, intensely personal. An album almost entirely focused on the loss of Kennedy’s father when the singer was just four years old. “My family was very involved in the Christian Science church,” he says. “So when he became ill, he chose not to seek medical attention and passed away a few months later. By all accounts, my father was a good, honest man, but I still struggle with the choices he made which ultimately led to his death.

Myles Kennedy, the voice out front with Alter Bridge, Slash’s band, and Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators; here we focus on his other side that of singer/songwriter.  Kennedy himself plays the banjo, lap steel, bass, and mandolin in addition to guitar on Year of the Tiger joined by drummer Zia Uddin and Tim Tournier on bass, along with longtime Alter Bridge producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette.

Opening Year of The Tiger, with the title track, sets down the focus and direction the album is taking as we step onboard a journey with Myles Kennedy. “I remember stumbling onto the melody and title of the song years ago. It stuck with me but I couldn’t seem to complete the concept until it dawned on me that 1974 was the Year Of The Tiger according to the Chinese Zodiac.” he says. “Once I realized that was the same year we lost my father, I knew where I needed to take the record lyrically. The song is really the preface for the entire story from my mother’s perspective. It’s a battle cry of resolution, to persevere under the circumstances we were enduring after dad passed away.”

The opening track is no maudlin funeral growl. It is affirmative full of love and the pain we feel when losing someone close. It is looking beyond the pain and moving on. The vocals delivered with personal emotion and melodic beats that drive the song on with a burning energy. The result of his father’s death led to the family being uprooted from Boston and starting again out West. As we enter The Great Unknown, the lyrics deepen and the tempo changes the vocal heights reflecting the internal pain and grieving. The song gathers in the epic power of rock but never descends into a power ballad. It is the work of a singer/songwriter using the presence of rock with a cascading fury and philosophical look at coming to terms with losing some on you love. This powerful singer/songwriter musical journey calms and fades on a lighter note. Where will he take us next?

The titles are thought-provoking reflecting thoughts and confusion after a monumental loss. As Blind Faith is often what you need to move on. Using the sonic shaping of the blues, a resonator and the time honoured open letter to his father unfolds on a stripped back number. In fact, the simplicity of the music makes the lyrics stronger making Myles vocals pierce through the speaker.

Every track on the album is shaped by the lyrics, pain, and hope plus how the words are shaped and molded by the immense tonal range and textures of Kennedy’s vocals. On Turning Stones, the sound is low key, less urgent taking time to consider on a country tonal prayer looking for redemption and healing of wounds as we are halfway through the emotional journey we are exploring on Year of The Tiger.

Mother, we are now looking at grief from a different perspective. The music is urgent fast and Myles tries to capture the dual pulls on his Mother her own grieving and keeping it together for Myles and his brother.  With the curling country fuelled guitar opening. We here that missing someone never stops on Nothing But A Name. We are once again eavesdropping on a personal conversation between the singer and his father.

Then gentler at times with a feel of a rocked up lullaby is Love Can Only Heal. The guitar is sharper on this track and there is an urgency as the song explores the power of love and being in another place, different time, reflective and healing. Capturing the cathartic power that Kennedy expresses throughout this exploration of personal grief.

Closing out a deeply personal but never maudlin album with One Fine Day. We now are on a road moving on and letting go the path of the album is clinging to, a new crossroads has been reached.  The whole album has a deep intensity, an intimacy that has been achieved by recording straight to tape. Like life and death, there are imperfections giving the album humanity. These have been embraced in an edgy album where Myles Kennedy bares his soul and inner feelings directly to his audience.

Announcing Year of the Tiger Sings Myles Kennedy Solo We (the listener) are taken on a deeply personal journey by singer/songwriter Miles Kenedy. full of emotions, sadness and life never maudlin sung in suiting the lower register the vocals are delivered in.

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

 Myles Kennedy – Year of The Tiger – Napalm Records


  1. Year of the Tiger
  2. The Great Beyond
  3. Blind Faith
  4. Devil On The Wall
  5. Ghost Of Shangri La
  6. Turning Stones
  7. Haunted By Design
  8. Mother
  9. Nothing But A Name
  10. Love Can Only Heal
  11. Songbird
  12. One Fine Day

Announcing Year of the Tiger Sings Myles Kennedy Solo



Irish Rock Album Solas is this The Answer

Irish Rock album Solas is this The Answer

Irish Rock Album Solas is this The Answer

Do not confuse the title with anything maritime! Solas is Irish Gaelic for Light, not the acronym – Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). With that clarified what about the music on their seventh studio album Solas? If you expect Rock with a loud shout you  will be disappointed. If you want light-rock fused with roots of Irish folk, lyrics that curl around with melodic intensity you are in the right listening zone.

The Answer, have taken one helluva musical journey over the ten years since the debut album Rise with its blues-infused rock.  Now on Solas the exploration of their Gaelic heritage in the musical tone and lyrical shaping full of misty mysticism, fear of the dark, hidden regrets and the light of hope is apparent.

Opening with the title track with a wave of sound or percussion that feels like a wave, James Heatley’s relentless drumming is the backdrop for Cormac Neeson’s vocals.  The chorus is melodic full of Celtic harmonies flowing as the music takes you deep into the soul of the band, their experiences and reflecting the light of Solas. The guitar work is huge as the number closes with a lead break that promises much from Paul Mahon.  Rock firmly rooted in the traditional shapes Beautiful World with its captivating opening chords full of Eastern promise. That opens up with instrumentation with the energy of rock contained to be played at eight, not eleven. The result is the lyrics dominate and it is the voice that is the main instrument, with Micky Water’s bass, along with the guitar and drums playing a supporting role filling in the gaps acting as lead breaks for the words.

Yes, now three tracks in this Irish-infused rock harnessing tones and textures from the folk tradition. The Answer, on Solas have a story to be told and heard. The ballad Battle Cry, this will be fantastic live as the audience picks up the chorus and lifts the spirits of all hearing the music. This is Irish folk-rock that fills the heart with melodic joy as Gaelic merges with the English. Half-way through Thief of Light takes us with mandolin and Celtic harmonious riffs far away with a reflective sound, that reminds us that sometimes we need to start again as if the dark is to be conquered and energy regained.

Then, a change of musical shape with Being Begotten as we head to a blues-infused Southern Swamp leaving the emerald-green of Irishness. This blues-infused feel reflecting their debut album Rise is found again with Southern-rock Demon Driven Man, with a rock n’ roll upbeat feel upfront and full of energy.

The three bonus tracks have an acoustic feel In This Land, Light In The Darkness both full of folk-inspired chords and structure and then a fuzzy reinterpretation of Pink Floyd’s Money.

The Answer on Solas deliver reflective rock, light and at times whimsical not something to play loud and hard but to sit and enjoy. Reflecting the turmoil of life and the need to go back to their roots and bring pure Irish gold into their rock. This is Rock that has a gentler edge softened by the winds of time and gives you space to reflect before cranking up the volume with a rock offering from a different part of The Answer’s journey or someone else in your collection.

That said Solas definitely has a place in your rock collection bridging rock with tradition. It is an album you will return to and on every occasion, your appreciation of the subtleties will grow as you hear more of the clever lyrics missed on the last outing.

The Answer – Solas – Napalm Records

NINE pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

        1. Solas
        2. Beautiful World
        3. Battle Cry
        4. Untrue Colour
        5. In This Land
        6. Thief Of Light
        7. Being Begotten
        8. Left Me Standing
        9. Demon Driven Man
        10. Real Life Dreamers
        11. Tunnel
        12. In This Land
        13. Light In Darkness
        14. Money (Pink Floyd Cover)


The Answer – New Single – Album Solas plus Tour Dates!

The Answer - New Single New Album Solas plus Tour Dates!The Answer – New Single – Album Solas plus Tour Dates!








Listen to the Single and Title track 

Both ‘Solas’ and ‘Beautiful World’ will be available as instant grat downloads with pre-orders of the album via digital stores,
which will go live on September 16th.

A decade into the band’s career, Solas marks a significant turning point for The Answer as they turned inwards to their culture, musical heritage and deep-rooted sense of ‘Irishness’. The album is a hugely varied body of work encompassing elements of their Celtic background as well as their renowned trademark guitar attack.

Opening with the dark hypnotic drum beat of the title track ‘Solas’, a brooding rock anthem that builds to a climactic release with an explosive and almost operatic choral finale, the album showcases the band’s love of Irish harmony; the combination of mandolins and Celtic choral arrangements suspend time on the harmonious ‘Thief Of Light’ while ‘In This Land’ summons an epic resolve and demonstrates an atmospheric turning point in the band’s sound.

Not turning their back on their blues-filled rock anthems, ‘Demon Driven Man’ is perfect rock’n’roll fare, but it is the epic ‘Battle Cry (Seo An La Mo Laoch Mo Ghra)’, a six-minute call to arms featuring elements of Celtic music, a Gaelic vocal chant, windswept rock and even thunderous Samba rhythms, which best epitomises the old and new of The Answer.

Having gone back to their roots and rediscovered their inner selves Solas is an honest and brave album that panders to no label, to no media framework and to no rules. It is a record that bears the scars and soul of four talented men from Northern Ireland; sometimes troubled but seeking creative liberation.

Now firmly embarked upon a new journey with a roaring fire inside, The Answer will be bringing their fierce Irish rock’n’roll to the UK this November.


Sat 12th – The Lemon Tree Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Sun 13th – The Classic Grand Glasgow, United Kingdom
Mon 14th – Corporation Sheffield, United Kingdom
Tues 15th – Riverside Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Wed 16th – Picturedrome Holmfirth, United Kingdom
Fri 18th – Diamond Live Lounge Doncaster, United Kingdom
Sat 19th – Academy 2 Birmingham, United Kingdom
Sun 20th – Concorde 2 Brighton, United Kingdom
Tue 22nd – Waterfront Norwich, United Kingdom
Wed 23rd – Electric Ballroom London, United Kingdom

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