Legs to Make us Longer

March 12, 2012 | Format: MP3

$9.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 12, 2012
  • Release Date: March 12, 2012
  • Label: Epic
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  • Total Length: 45:01
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  • ASIN: B007NCV0DY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,538 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Kaki King is no Jimi Hendrix.
Renata
Nevertheless she is a very talented artist that gives of a feeling of freshness and calm when she plays.
Guitar Master
Well I can safely say that I've really never heard anything quite like this before.
Mike Brenner

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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By D. Mok on October 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This was exactly the album Kaki King needed to make after her impressive but shapeless debut, Everybody Loves You.

On this record, her major-label debut, Kaki King has retained most of her wild experimentations but refined it with melodic and rhythmic progressions that actually take you to different places rather than aimlessly noodling. And this was exactly what her music needed. Now her compositions create moods and paces, colours and feelings, while her ear-grabbing techniques help to keep things fresh. Witness Solipsist, which sonically and instrumentally sounds a lot like the songs from her debut. But this time, the music moves forward and makes variations, rather than repeat a rhythmic motif (as most of the material did on Everybody Loves You).

Several of the tracks here remind me of Joe Satriani in a good way, in terms of their rock-based rhythms and melodies, and King's chordal harmonies have gotten lusher and more interesting, jazzier yet more engaging, with much better recording to back it up. "Ingots" is my favourite track, opening on a galloping tapped beat with the acoustic guitar entering with mysterious accents, followed by a propelling octave melody and then a nervous, almost unhinged melody based on string slides, ending on a crescendo, building in intensity as no other King track has ever done. The New Age "All the Landslides Birds Have Seen Since the Beginning of the World" is lovely and sparse, dispensing with King's signature rhythmic tricks (again, a great sign of growth, adapting techniques to songs rather than the other way around), and King even attempts to sing on "My Insect Life".
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Manfesto on November 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It's kinda scary how much some people really, really hate this CD, saying Kaki King ripped off Hedges and Reed. Well, first off, she studied with Preston Reed and has his blessing "while I steal his best licks," and in an interview in acoustic guitar magazine, she even says that she sounds like Hedges and Reed right now but hopes to develop her own sound over the rest of her life. God, she's 25, if she doesn't have room to grow, what's she gonna do? Anyhoo, I enjoy this record. Alot. Her technique may not be new, but her sense of melody is quite stellar, as is her songwriting. Her note choices convey emotion and image. It is a real feat when one can write a song and tell a story, and not have any words to it. Her playing can be quite frenetic, especially on "magazine," or quite laid back, like on "My insect life," the perfect track to fall asleep to at night. Her strongest songs fall somewhere in between, like "Playing with Pink noise" and "Doing the Wrong Thing," though my personal track is "Ingots," a mid-tempo song you can just put on repeat and enjoy. A few songs seem to be lack luster and too long, but thankfully that doesn't make up most of the album. On a whole, this CD is great, it is a step up from the somewhat undefined "Everybody Loves You." She seems to be starting to develop her own voice and sense of melody, and she's so young, by the time she's as old as Preston Reed is now, I'm sure we can expect something amazing.

Listen to the clips on this site - if you like what you hear, buy this CD. If you don't like what you hear simply because she isn't the late great Michael Hedges, then I'm sorry. You're missing out on some really great music just because it isn't as good as music from the guy that INVENTED THE GENRE OF MUSIC.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By strings and reeds on November 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I really don't understand the frantic name calling and out right stupidity of a lot of these reviews. This album, like the last, is good for what it is. Strong playing, not randomly beating by any means (come on now), and some good writing skills. Production is good and the sound reflects that.

For those that claim she is not the greatest, at this point in time, this is true. Does that mean this albums is weak, no. Every musician has a generation point, whether they sound like Hedges, Bird, Mozart, Trane, Dylan, Difranco, Radiohead, etc. The beautiful thing is that you can hear these musicians evolve into their own voices through their own work. I am 25 now, and god I hope I haven't figured everything out on my own instrument by now, much less to say that I won't develop as a writer either. How disappointing would that be?
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By E. White on November 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I dont understand the "hype" leaning in either direction on this cd. I am a fan of music and guitar and I bought Kaki's first cd after seeing her open for Keb Mo last year. I thought that "Everybody Loves You" had some great songs on it, but needed a bit more direction in the music. I was looking forward to the release of a new cd and I am not at all disappointed by "Legs to Make Us Longer."

The album starts off with the slow, gorgeous, and almost chilling "Frame." Then it really gets going during "Playing With Pink Noise" which has a lot of guitar percussion and loud chords in it. As far as I can tell, there are only two other songs on the cd that utilize the Preston Reed style of tapping, "Solipsist" and "Magazine." (Looking over the notes inside the cd, I see that there is actually a special thanks to Preston Reed where Kaki thanks him for giving her his blessing for letting her steal his licks. At least she gives credit where credit is obviously due.) The other songs on the album are slower and showcase beautiful (anyone hear melancholy?) writing instead of fast technique. My favorites include "Doing The Wrong Thing," played on an electric guitar with bluegrass drums behind it and some surprise strings at the end, "Lies," a song that has a jazzy introduction but then starts in with a strong rhythm and melody, and "Can the Gwot Save Us?," which is a very slow, very sad song played on an electric lap steel. "My Insect Life," is the only song on which Kaki sings with a soft, childish, almost out of tune, but sweetly endearing voice. This overall is a very strong record that takes a few listens to get in to. Not for someone in need of instant gratification, but well worth it in the end.
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