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  • Summary: The first album on Rounder Records for the singer-songwriter was produced by Malcolm Burn.
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  1. 80
    Junior could be just the thing for still-mourning Sleater-Kinney fans or anyone who likes their licks righteous and their indignation more so.
  2. Mojo
    King's voice, whether riding roughshod over her band's new found vravura arrangements or playing the smoky chanteuse, is still a decisive instrument of its own. [June 2010, p. 99]
  3. While Junior lacks the mystifying guitar work that she built her name on, it is her most visceral and down to earth release to date.
  4. Under The Radar
    [The instrumentals] showcase King's extraordinary playing as she blends acoustic and electric guitar to create soundscapes of lilting, often unsettling beauty. [Spring 2010, p.70]
  5. It's an album that manages consistency without ever letting you get settled. Where each of her records has shown her brilliant musicianship, Junior is Kaki King's finest accomplishment as a songwriter.
  6. The biggest drawback, one that can make the listener tire of the album long before it ends, is her terminally flat, undisciplined voice. More often than not, her compelling song structures suffer because of it. Ultimately, Junior feels more like a band record and furthers the sounds explored on Dreaming of Revenge.
  7. What is frustrating about Junior is King's obvious talent. It is clear that this is a woman capable of a level of musicianship most artists can't achieve, yet she seems unable to do anything more with it than repeat a few good ideas with diminishing returns.

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