From the opening guitar rev up of the title track, Kicking Giant's Tae Won Yu (guitar/vocals) makes a declaration of unadulterated indie rock. Combined with the primal-stomp drumming of Rachel Carns (played standing up à la Maureen Tucker), Alien I.D. proves just how unnecessary a bass player can be when making hook-laden indie punk-pop. What's most impressive about Kicking Giant is just how complete sounding their meager two instruments can be. From the cardigan sweater power ballad of "Drownings" to the Sonic Youth-style tone poems of "Inside out Flower" and "Serrated Edge," there is never a feeling that something is missing. In fact, the addition of an excess performer, Sue P. Fox's irritating spoken work on "Town Idiot," is the only misstep on the album. The closer, "She's Real (Version)," crystallizes not only the lo-fi independent ethic of K and its founder, Calvin Johnson, but also the '60s garage pop lineage from which that sound was formed.