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.
With his fourth studio set, Fatboy Slim eschews the smaller beats of his last album, "Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars" (2000), for the bigger beats of his 6-year-old debut, "You've Come a Long Way, Baby"—albeit with more live musicianship (new British band Jonny Quality, Justin Robertson, Slim himself).
Best-known for the R&B hits "So Good, So Right" and "Piano in the Dark"—and for penning Oleta Adams' crossover anthem, "Get Here"—singer/songwriter Brenda Russell has never been content to stick to one genre.
After building a solid underground fan base with landmark 1998 release "Clarity," Arizona's Jimmy Eat World emerged with a now-platinum self-titled third album in 2001, which spawned the hit "The Middle." The same trademarks that made that record so enjoyable are in full effect on "Futures": upbeat pop-punk tempered with moodier, slower songs, great melodies and vocal harmonies courtesy of Jim Adkins and Tom Linton.