Year of the Tiger (Myles Kennedy album)

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Year of the Tiger
Myles Kennedy - Year of the Tiger.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 9, 2018 (2018-03-09)
StudioStudio Barbarosa, Orlando, Florida
ProducerMichael "Elvis" Baskette

Year of the Tiger is the debut studio album by American musician and singer-songwriter Myles Kennedy. His first release as a solo artist, it was released on March 9, 2018, by Napalm Records.[1] The album is a musical departure from the hard rock music of Kennedy's other projects, instead featuring a stripped-back blues-based sound. A concept album, it explores the death of Kennedy's father in 1974, the year of the Tiger in the Chinese calendar.[2][3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Arts Desk3/5 stars[4]
Classic Rock4/5 stars[2]
Cryptic Rock5/5 stars[5]
Daily Express5/5 stars[6]
Metal Hammer4/5 stars[7]
Spill Magazine5/5 stars[8]

Initial reaction for Year of the Tiger from music critics has been highly favorable. Hannah May Kilroy of Classic Rock gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, writing, "essentially Year Of The Tiger sounds like Alter Bridge relocated to the deep south – if they swapped their hard rock riffs for bluesy twangs" and "the final message is one of finding hope in the darkness, and it’s evident that making Year Of The Tiger has been a therapeutic experience for Kennedy and should be celebrated."[2] Cryptic Rock's Vito Lanzi gave the album a perfect 5-star rating, and commented that "with Year of the Tiger, Kennedy has really found his own individuality as a musician and is proud of his accomplishments."[5] Daily Express writer Paul Davies was also positive towards the album, concluding that "As though created from the confessional booth of inward reflection and conveyed with brutal honesty, Kennedy gloriously rides the tiger across all the tracks with emotional and musical aplomb."[6]

Loudwire's Chad Childers described the album as "not a Slash rehash or Alter Bridge minus Mark Tremonti" but as "a stellar, more nuanced and autobiographical release that shows the singer as an artist taking a risk, being his most vulnerable while telling a deeply personal tale of a tragedy from his youth that influenced and informed the rest of his life." Childers concluded that "While the album is about Kennedy's journey, it's one that is satisfying to us as listeners."[1]

The Arts Desk's Russ Coffey was more critical of the album, giving it a 3 out of 5 stars, adding up that "there are plenty for whom this kind of folky hard rock is the absolute last word in ghastliness. But if you're a classic rock fan and you enjoy Kennedy's voice, you're unlikely to be disappointed with Year of the Tiger."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Myles Kennedy.

1."Year of the Tiger"3:40
2."The Great Beyond"4:50
3."Blind Faith"4:29
4."Devil on the Wall"3:44
5."Ghost of Shangri La"3:32
6."Turning Stones"3:38
7."Haunted by Design"3:39
9."Nothing but a Name"5:00
10."Love Can Only Heal"5:32
12."One Fine Day"4:50
Total length:50:40


Taken from album liner notes.


Chart (2018) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[9] 85
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[10] 10
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[11] 64
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[12] 122
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[13] 48
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[14] 14
Irish Albums (IRMA)[15] 16
Italian Albums (FIMI)[16] 40
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[17] 9
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[18] 34
Scottish Albums (OCC)[19] 6
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 12
UK Albums (OCC)[21] 12
US Billboard 200[22] 63
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[23] 11


  1. ^ a b Chad Childers (March 8, 2018). "Myles Kennedy Reaches Vulnerable Catharsis on Deeply Personal 'Year of the Tiger' Solo Release – Album Review". Loudwire. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Hannah May Kilroy (March 7, 2018). "Myles Kennedy - Year of the Tiger album review". Classic Rock. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  3. ^ "Myles Kennedy: This album is about losing my father". Metal Hammer. March 8, 2018. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Coffey, Russ (March 5, 2018). "CD: Myles Kennedy - Year of the Tiger". The Arts Desk. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Myles Kennedy - Year of the Tiger (Album Review)". Cryptic Rock. March 5, 2010. Retrieved March 10, 2010.
  6. ^ a b Davies, Paul (10 March 2018). "REVIEW: Top 5 Rock & Metal new albums of the week from Myles Kennedy to Jimi Hendrix". Daily Express. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  7. ^ Matt Mills (March 5, 2018). "Myles Kennedy - Year of the Tiger Album Review". Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  8. ^ Gerrod Harris. "Spill Album Review: Myles Kennedy - Year of the Tiger". Spill Magazine. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  9. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #464". auspOp. March 17, 2018. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
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  11. ^ " – Myles Kennedy – Year of the Tiger" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  12. ^ " – Myles Kennedy – Year of the Tiger" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  13. ^ " – Myles Kennedy – Year of the Tiger" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  14. ^ " – Myles Kennedy – Year of the Tiger" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  15. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week {{{week}}}, {{{year}}}". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  16. ^ "Album – Classifica settimanale WK 11 (dal 2018-03-09 al 2018-03-15)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  17. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. March 19, 2018. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  18. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  19. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  20. ^ " – Myles Kennedy – Year of the Tiger". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  21. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  22. ^ "Myles Kennedy Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  23. ^ "Myles Kennedy Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 22, 2018.