Guitarist Kaki King had a delightful start to her career when she was handpicked out of a gig at the Knitting Factory by Velour Records and produced last year's adventurous "Everybody Loves You." Now

Guitarist Kaki King had a delightful start to her career when she was handpicked out of a gig at the Knitting Factory by Velour Records and produced last year's adventurous "Everybody Loves You." Now under Epic, the young composer has whittled her six-string skills down to a deeper, more mature mastery on the instrumental "Legs to Make Us Longer." Like "Everybody Loves You," "Legs" stands on King's creative energy in her approach to the instrument, sometimes beating the body or tapping the neck of her guitar for rhythms. The album maintains an exciting momentum even in its mum moments; King's more free-flowing compositions are an upturned nose toward new-age hum-drums that plague many guitarists today. Like the late Michael Hedges, King can tell a story without saying a word; her "Legs" do the talking.—KH