Pull Me Out Alive by Kaki King
After being introduced to the world as an instrumental guitar virtuoso and being fawned over by people who are into that kind of stuff, Kaki King hooked up with John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea And Cake) and found her music suddenly embraced by the indie-rock set. And it wasn't just because of the post-rock name suddenly attached to her: Until We Felt Red really was a hipper album (though not in a painfully self-conscious way), and with more prominent vocals, it was also more accessible. King has continued down that path with Dreaming Of Revenge, and has come up with a similarly engaging record that shows off her dexterity while letting the melodies get as dreamy and beautiful as they like. The hip factor may be turned down just a smidge (McEntire was replaced by Malcolm Burn), but the songs are just as strong, whether they're hitting a rocked-up groove or getting the cinematic treatment with strings. King's vocals (on four of the 11 tracks) are more of a distraction than they were on Red, though they add just the right amount of spice to make Revenge enjoyable from beginning to end.