During the 90’s and into the 2000’s one of the major discussion points within the heavy rock fraternity surrounded the perceived lack of UK bands. Whilst that may have rang true from an industry perspective, it would have been difficult to really ascertain due to the lack of any kind of network. Obviously now, we have a much more open system of not just social media and blogs, but also the ability to market the music for yourself. That perceived lack of UK heavy rock bands suddenly opened up to a whole new world when Bandcamp et al. came on the scene. Now there are umpteen bands, although arguably the industry may still perceive there to be a lack, but that’s their mistake now.
Since Myles Kennedy first mentioned the idea of a solo album back in 2009, fans have been anxiously awaiting what the Alter Bridge frontman would come up with. Now the weight of anticipation has finally been lifted as Kennedy has revealed that his solo debut, Year of the Tiger, will be released on March 9 through Napalm Records.
To approximate the first half of Fred Ho's album Year of the Tiger, it's necessary to imagine the sound that might be created if the members of Duke Ellington & His Orchestra were mixed with the players from Parliament/Funkadelic and set loose on the Michael Jackson and Jimi Hendrix catalogs. That's right, songs like "Thriller" and "Purple Haze" get severely retrofitted into an aggressive, irreverent jazz-funk style, with harsh, massed horn parts. Sometimes, the sound resembles a couple of high-school marching bands fighting it out on the same football field.
Beware of the Dog was Hound Dog Taylor's posthumous live album containing performances that are even steamier than his first two studio albums, if such a notion is possible. For lowdown slow blues, it's hard to beat the heartfelt closer "Freddie's Blues," and for surreal moments on wax, it's equally hard to beat the funkhouse-turned-loony bin dementia of "Let's Get Funky" or the hopped up hillbilly fever rendition of "Comin' Around the Mountain".