Release Date: Mar 11, 2008
Record label: Velour
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Four albums in, guitarist and songwriter Kaki King is pulling another switch-up. At 28, she's already assembled a formidable body of work, with each recording sounding different than the last, all the while keeping an instantly identifiable sound. This time out she's working with veteran producer/engineer Malcolm Burn (Chris Whitley, Patti Smith, Lisa Germano, Charlie Sexton, Blue Rodeo, Iggy Pop) behind the boards.
Atlanta's Kaki King has been called the new Eric Clapton, a title that applauds her string-shredding guitar-playing rather than her ability to squire models and grow beards. Watching the 28-year-old slap, tap and twang on YouTube you can see why, but on record everything unravels. King's songs are mainly to blame, sugary sub-Lisa Loeb numbers that have arrived 10 years too late to soundtrack Dawson's Creek plot twists.
Whether plumbing the instrumentalism of her first two discs or moderately vocal – 2006 breakthrough ... Until We Felt Red – Kaki King's complex emotional tangle breathes through the pores of her guitar. On the 28-year-old prodigy's fourth LP, the mostly instrumental Dreaming of Revenge, musical and vocal virtuosity, songwriting, and King's ever-expanding sonic palette of feminine pop and pang rally on "Pull Me out Alive." That instrumental cityscape "Montreal," a monorail of sightless buoyancy, follows it up only enhances this dish best served chilled.