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Review: Kaki King - London ICA - 03/10/08

Tonight is the last stop of Kaki King's trek of Europe in London, a city she is no stranger too. King has played two sold out nights at the Camden Roundhouse to return later to play London's ULU and now returning to an intimate setting at the Institute of Contemporary Arts where a packed crowd wait to catch a glimpse of the talent which is Kaki King. The crowd is made up of middle age to young (including a six month year old baby believe it or not).

As soon as King hits the stage, only to be accompanied by Dan Brantigan on EVI and trumpet, just by looking around at the faces of the crowd, people are in awe. Jaws are dropping and you can even hear a few people saying to each other 'oh my god'. What springs to mind as she combines fret-tapping with slap bass techniques and using her guitar for percussion beats, is The Who's Tommy's 'flipper fingers who sure plays a mean pinball'. 

Kaki keeps the banter short and lets the music speak for itself. Whilst playing she seems very calm, cool and collective, every inch of the musician she is. Later during the set, King becomes more talkative to crowd as she regales us with the story of how she beat Justin Timberlake in an online poll with her cover of 'Lovestoned'. After mass persuasion from the crowd, she caves in and plays to a roaring response. The set tonight is mostly comprised of songs from 'Dreaming of Revenge' but still touching on a few from her back catalogue, including 'Playing With Pink Noise'. Between cheers for 'Montreal' and 'Jessica', King declines requests thrown at her but promises she will return with her band to play all the fan favourites. We can only hope its not in the too distant future. 

If you haven't seen Kaki King live, your definitely missing out. Next time she is in town, make sure you get your ticket fast because the demand is going to be very high.

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