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Dreaming of Revenge [CD]

Kaki King Audio CD

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1. Bone Chaos In The Castle
2. Life Being What It Is
3. Sad American
4. Pull Me Out Alive
5. Montreal
6. Open Mouth
7. So Much For So Little
8. Saving Days In A Frozen Head
9. Air and Kilometers
10. Can Anyone Who Has Heard This Music Really Be A Bad Person?
11. 2 O'Clock
12. Zeitgeist (bonus track)

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  19 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kaki is King 1 May 2008
By Hillary - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm not a huge instrumental music fan. Yes, I appreciate fantastic musicians, but still I can rarely sit through an entire album of instrumental music (I need a chorus a bridge, etc.). That is precisely why I am so appreciative of this album. I've always known Kaki to be an incredible guitarist, but this album brings her up volumes in my book. Why she didn't sing all the time, I'll never know, because I LOVE her lyrics and her voice. I love this album, front to back... and have NO problem with the instrumental tracks...in fact I love them. Standout "singing" tracks are Life Being What It Is, Pull Me Out Alive and Saving Days in a Frozen Head. Standout instrumental tracks are Sad American, Montreal, Open Mouth and I Need a Girl Who Knows a Map... I just about named almost all of the tracks (and I can't say there is a bad apple in the bunch), which means you might as well buy the album. I can't say enough good about Miss Kaki King.
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The pop album 15 Mar 2008
By bkhage01 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I became a huge Kaki King fan after seeing her perform on The Late Show many years ago. I immediately fell in love with "Everybody Loves You" and "Legs to Make Us Longer." I was not as thrilled by her last album "Until We Felt Red" and most of that was due to the radio-friendly push and the addition of lyrics. "Dreaming of Revenge" is in a similar vein as her former album, except that she sounds more comfortable with her newly discovered pop sound.

That being said, long gone are the days where it was just Kaki and her guitar, working complex miracles with ease. Almost every song on this album has drums and percussion behind her, as well as many other instruments going on. It sounds like she has become "Kaki King's Band" and no longer just a solo artist. She does not have a bad voice, but oftentimes the lyrics simply detract from the music. The beauty of an instrumental song is its ability to evoke feeling and emotion without explicitly telling you what's going on in the song. Lyrics, of course, change that and Kaki is now singing on 1/3 of the tracks. The fact of the matter is that the lyrics do not add anything. Making an incredible guitar song into a poppy radio jam via upbeat, peppy percussion and lyrics about "breaking up" is not what she was originally about, and the new sound does not suit her nearly as well as the sound on her first two albums. One of the things I loved about her music was that, odds were, I would never see people listening to her song on the radio, bobbing their heads to the drumbeat and singing along to her lyrics. The new album isn't bad (I've given it 3 stars because it still dwarfs much of the musical competition out there) and songs such as "Open Mouth", "Montreal" and "So Much for So Little" are incredible and complex. However, to hear her singing along to "Pull Me Out Alive" and "2 O'Clock" simply dulls the experience.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kaki evolves further from her roots, too far for me 24 Jun 2008
By Nicolai Michel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I can almost repeat my review of "... until we felt red," where I wrote "I was at a Kaki King concert last night. I wasn't expecting to like her new material as much as the old, but came away quite impressed." However, this latest concert was a few months back, and I'm still ambivalent about this new album. Kaki goes further in the direction she took with "... until we felt red." Since I like her first two albums best, anything different has to win me over. I like the songs on this album that most resemble her earlier work, but unfortunately the rest isn't that great. There aren't enough of the former to carry the album as a whole.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 7.5/10 20 Mar 2008
By Rifugium - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Multi-skilled guitarist Kaki King has returned with a fourth album, a seemingly logical progression from her previous work ...Until We Felt Red. As with the last album, this one is a diversion from her first two albums, which were almost exclusively instrumental and guitar-centered, and focused primarily on her finger-tapping style. Once again, she has assembled this overall mild-mannered album, which does not limit itself to any single genre, but rather dips in and out of various worlds of style, including bits and pieces of non-aggressive rock, folk, ambient jazz, and subtle post-rock, all the while retaining a sensible flow. She also takes on the role of a vocalist more strongly on this album. Much of her vocals here are very outright, as opposed to those on ...Until We Felt Red, where they were more subdued and delicate. With the vocals being more outright, it becomes more apparent that vocals are not exactly Kaki's forte, yet one still must admire her seemingly increased level of confidence in assuming the duty of singing.

The album starts with a short, semi-acoustic/semi-electric instrumental prelude with jazz/funk overtones. Throughout the rest of the album, there are several instrumental interludes, which contribute to the overall flow of the album, and do easily stand alone as individual works, such as the Metheny-invoking songs "Sad American," and "Open Mouth," and the shifty "Montreal." "Life Being What It Is" is the first track to exhibit Kaki's "new" vocals, giving you ample time to decide whether or not you like them. She does however still utilize wordless vocalizations in the background that add to the instrumental section, reminiscent of past songs such as "You Don't Have to Be Afraid." This harmony-rich technique prevails on other songs such as "Saving Days in a Frozen Head," and it is in this technique that Kaki's voice always does seem to succeed. "Pull Me Out Alive" may raise a few eyebrows at first, but it evolves into a catchy pop tune, and an album highlight.

Overall, this is a very good album. It may not have the staying power or even the full appeal of its predecessor, but it remains an indication of Kaki King's skills as a musician and songwriter, and her abilities to diversify and not limit herself.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those of you who appreciate an artist who goes beyond... 16 Jan 2009
By Nick Birchwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Guys, guys guys. Stop being so selfish! I understand that many of you all that have reviewed this album feel a bit torn because Ms. King has taken a step away from the intricate acoustic instrumentals of albums past. But you have to understand, as an artist, Kaki King must expand her creativity, and this is exactly what she's doing on her latest two albums.

Now, to review Dreaming of Revenge. This album was an absolute eye-opener. The post-rock feeling that this album presents is astonishing. In addition, the quite melancholy sensation of the album is in many ways hypnotic. And as for those songs in which she sings, I don't understand how people can not be pleasantly surprised at their composition. The lyrics are very powerful, and you can really feel every emotion that she expresses in her music. I found the songs "Pull Me Out Alive," "Life Being As It Is," and "Saving Days In A Frozen Head" especially beautiful. Whether she wanted this to happen or not, when I listen to her sing, I feel very connected to her, and thus find myself sympathizing as well as empathizing with the pain she expresses in her lyrics.

Even so, you can expect the instrumentals on this album to be just as engaging. "Bone Chaos in the Castle," "Montreal," "Sad American," and "Can Anyone Who Heard This Music Really Be a Bad Person?" I feel lead the pack.

Thus, don't fear this new side of Kaki King. It's an even more creative side than before. She as a musician can be so much more expressive when you can feel all of her emotions in her vocals and lyrics.
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