It's a pretty straightforward title for a straightforward album. Named for an Indigenous rights movement in Canada, garage rhythm & blues cult leader King Khan (& the Shrines) after a six year hiatus to release their latest effort, Idle No More. Self described by Khan as "probably the most refined piece of music [they] have released to date", Idle No More is indeed a tighter iteration of the rollicking rock'n'soul and psych-funk that gained him and his posse such notoriety worldwide.

'Bite My Tongue' and 'Born to Die' open the album, and are almost exactly what you'd expect of a King Khan release. No one could accuse the now 36-year-old Khan (he was 22 when he first formed the Shrines) of getting slack as he rides the soul train on high speed through 12 songs. But over 12 songs with so much going on at any one time, it can come at the expense of sounding same-y. After the album detours into the lyrically awkward but melodically slow-burning soul of 'Darkness', the tracks in the second half of the album just bleed together. There are no real standouts after that point, and you'd be hard pressed to name any tracks after that point.

What becomes apparent after that point is that, yes, the band sounds tighter than ever before on Idle No More, but definitely not as intense. The whole appeal of King Khan and the Shrines is the feeling that the soul train was going to veer off the tracks and crash in some spectacularly psychedelic fashion. There's nothing on here that's as manic as 'Train No. 8' or as ferocious as '(How Can I Keep You) Outta Harm's Way', but perhaps that's like bemoaning a sports car for only going 200 m/ph instead of 300. It's also what happens when you set the energy bar too high for so long though - fans will really notice the change in gears. Even so, there's still plenty of fun to be had on here. 'Luckiest Man', is a breathlessly fun romp, seemingly about marriage of all things, and the genuine joy and exuberance he shows is absolutely contagious. It is an album you can leave on, enjoy and cut shapes to in a drunken, celebratory blur.

After reading interviews with Khan, he reveals a possible impetus behind the comparatively (and I stress that word) more tasteful and world aware nature of Idle No More. "When you're in your 20s, you can get away with urinating on the public. When you're in your 30s and you're a dad (Khan has two daughters, ages 6 and 9), it's just gross." On one level, he's absolutely right. Growing old (OK he's so not even old, but he is a vet) disgracefully is a tired cliché, and a trend that needs to be bucked. But as great as that is, defy yourself not to think "well... maybe a little tinkle wouldn't have gone astray" when listening to Idle No More.