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Posted October 1, 2010
Showcases her brilliant compositions
Metaphorically, Kaki's first album was like a ride in a nitro-powered dragster--brutal beauty with raw in-your-face energy; Legs is more like a Sunday drive up Northern California's Pacific Coast highway in a fast, curve-hugging convertible sports car--overwhelming vistas combined with smooth g-force "I'm alive!" reality. Traditionalists will adore "Neanderthal" where she puts on a clinic for Legg and DeGrassi fans--really, really serious fingerpicking. Killer tapping (just one of her many techniques) on the jumping "Pink Noise" and the monumental "Magazine". Judging from the two lap steel numbers, "Gwot" and "Insect", she is developing a new voice which pedal steel fans of Daniel Lanois should dig. The hidden track "Nails", simultaneously poppy and melancholy, sounds as if she has added Japanese koto to her growing repertoire. Producer David Torn creates a soundscape that is not only wide but infinitely deep. To his credit, because the temptation must've been to the contrary, he delivers a sound that is mildly under-produced, exactly what was needed to showcase her brilliant compositions. If you purchase only one record all year on blind faith, let this be it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 26, 2008
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