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Kaki King: Legs to Make Us Longer

Having turned some important heads with her 2003 Velour debut Everybody Loves You, Kaki King lands on major-label shores with this offbeat disc, refining her identity as a “new acoustic” stylist in the mold of Leo Kottke and the late Michael Hedges. If you happened to catch King on Letterman or Conan, you haven’t forgotten her-the young, tiny Atlanta native comes at the fretboard upside-down, often two-handing the neck a la Stanley Jordan or Autograph’s Steve Lynch (remember him?). Her music is nothing like theirs, though; it’s an engaging mix of pastoral chording (“Frame”), agile finger-picking (“Neanderthal”), and even a bit of Django-ish jazz (“Lies”). But her trademark sound is the busy, propulsive, slap-percussion tour de force, typified by “Playing With Pink Noise” and “Solipsist.”

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