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Album Review

Hidden Vagenda, Kimya Dawson's fourth post-Moldy Peaches solo album and her first for K Records, adopts a fuller, more polished sound than her earlier work, but her songwriting is just as innocent and heartfelt-sounding as ever. She uses this naïve (in the best sense of the word) approach to get at deeper truths about heavy subjects such as war, capitalism, death, and abuse; lyrics like "Fire"'s "you swallow hard and you bottle it up/try to pretend you're a half-full cup" are both charming and incisive. And even though turns of phrase such as "weapons of mass instruction" are a bit on the obvious side, Dawson usually pulls them off, thanks to her whimsical, somewhat self-deprecating delivery. But every now and then, Hidden Vagenda loses its way and crosses over from sweetly whimsical to gratingly faux-innocent: on the goofy "Parade" and "Anthrax (Powerballad Version)" — a strangely overwrought song about Dawson's nightmare about post-9/11 New York City — it's hard to tell how much of the music is earnest and how much is ironic. Still, most of the album seems genuine, particularly "Blue Like Nevermind," a pretty, folky round with intricately linked lyrics, and the bittersweet "Singing Machine," which boasts one of the album's prettiest melodies. Although it's a little too long for its own good, Hidden Vagenda's message is out in the open: caring may be painful sometimes, but it's the only way to cope with the world around you.

Customer Reviews


Im so sick of these people like 'oh i loved juno i totally love kimya go loose lips' ive loved kimya for soo long and its not all so nice so smart and no, most of her songs are not cute. This album is probably my favorite of hers. i will never forget is the most heartbreaking song and has so much power in it it gives me love me is really and truly such an honest song.another favorite is lullaby for the taken.the part about where shes talking about her grandma always makes me cry!

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"lullaby for the taken" = awesome song. her vocals are kinda like a female connor oberst


I saw Kimya Dawson play in Boston in 2004. Amazing. Hard Truths. She is wonderful. Buy this album, please.Wow. I wish Kimya Dawson would come back to Boston! Support this music.


Born: November 17, 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...
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