Kaki King Junior
I know I’ve said that I didn’t like pop music, but I’ve also said that it was good if it was done right, I’m not even sure if Kaki King would be considered pop music…it sounds like pop but it has substance. I came across her music on the No Depression website, there was an ad advertising her new album Junior.
The ad read that she was Rolling Stone’s first female Guitar God (Lita Ford?..no?), after reading that, I HAD to listen to her new album. Listening to it as I write, I have to say that it is pretty good. I actually may be in love with Ms. King, her voice is soft but has a punk edge, and you’ll see what I mean when you listen to her work.
Her album Junior is a whole plethora of ranged emotion, that’s the key to a good album, a whole lot of emotions. Junior has it all from the instrumental track Everything Has an End, Even Sadness, which embeds images of heartbreak and getting over the heartbreak in your head. And then you have tracks like Communist Friends, which I absolutely love, that sounds about as happy as a song can get but then takes a drastic turn when the friends want to kill her. Awesome album, hands down.
Now, about this guitar god stuff, maybe I’m a little jaded, and I will admit I’ve never seen her play guitar but I really didn’t hear anything that would warrant the title Guitar God bestowed onto her. I’m not saying she can’t play, from what I’ve heard she can play pretty damn good, but it isn’t god like, we just don’t have those anymore.