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Editors’ Notes

With Thunder Thighs, Kimya Dawson works beyond her usual lo-fi approach to include the sweetening of pianos and strings, as well as collaborations with rapper Aesop Rock for some beat-driven tunes. Other guests include The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle, The Strokes’ Nikolai Fraiture, and several choirs. It’s still plenty weird and totally Kimya. Only Dawson could get away with the remedial pull of “Miami Advice,” where she sounds like a rapper in training wheels. “The Library” sounds like America’s favorite mom has found herself surrounded by a new set of friends. “Year 10,” featuring Pablo Das, is more in line with her anti-folk beginnings. “Mare and the Bear” is the type of bizarre sing-along that Dawson excelled at even before she had a child. Dawson won audiences over with her guileless tunes on the Juno soundtrack, and it’s still that innocence that makes even a rant like “Same S**t/Complicated” completely endearing. While the additional musicians are a welcome diversion, there’s still plenty of relatively low-key stuff like “Driving Driving Driving” and “Utopian Futures” to reassure the faithful.

Customer Reviews

Fragile, powerful, pulchritudinous and innately human.

A blistering collection of ballads by this modern day storyteller. When its not making you chortle its wrenching at your heartstrings. You would be hard pressed not to want to invite Kimya over for a hug and to drink whisky and make arts and crafts after hearing this. A truly life affirming album of our time!

PS Bang on with her merry misfit collaborators here to you Aesop Rock(s!) chin, chin!

Buy it for your grandma, pugdog, landlord today!



Born: 17 November 1972 in Newark, NJ

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Singer/songwriter Kimya Dawson is best known for her work with the anti-folk outfit the Moldy Peaches, but she also maintained a lo-fi solo career during the 2000s. She made her solo debut with 2002's I'm Sorry That Sometimes I'm Mean, a collection of spare tunes performed mostly on the acoustic guitar, and continued releasing her own albums after the Moldy Peaches took a hiatus in 2004. Along the way, she contributed eight songs to the chart-topping Juno soundtrack, which brought her music to a...
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