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Remember That I Love You

Kimya Dawson

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Album Review

Kimya Dawson has, if nothing else, confidence in what she is and what has to say, and she wants other people to feel the same way about themselves, too. Which doesn't mean that her fifth full-length release, Remember That I Love You, is an arrogant record; rather, it portrays an emotional honesty that, even in its weakness ("I'm trying to be brave/because when I'm brave other people feel brave/but I feel like my heart is caving in") — or perhaps because of this admittance — contains a strength and humanity that's seen in few contemporary artists. Dawson is concerned about the well-being of her listeners. She genuinely wants them to be happy. This desire to help, to be a friend, means that for Dawson, the musical portion of her songs (quickly strummed open acoustic guitar chords, the occasional bell or keyboard) takes a distant second place to her lyrics. Which is fine, because her words are so engaging, but it wouldn't hurt her to experiment a little more with chord progressions or keys (an exception is the darker "France," whose music, incidentally, she only co-wrote), as the melodies tend to blend easily into one another. The lyrics, however, are quite unique. Like any good folk (or anti-folk) singer, Dawson has a social consciousness that she's more than willing to explicitly share ("and I'll say f*ck Bush and f*ck this war" in "Looselips" or "We'd have 12/26 tattooed across our foreheads if something this atrocious happened on our coast instead" in "12/26," a response to her feelings of helplessness after the 2004 tsunami), but she doesn't come across as preachy or holier-than-thou. She's honest, and she's being herself, and that's all she wants, from herself and others. Yes, sometimes it takes a bit of reading between the lines to filter through the slightly non-sequitur, or even bizarre, lyrics ("when I saw Genevieve I really liked it when she said/what she said about the giant and the lemmings on the cliff/she said 'I like giants, especially girl giants/'cause all girls feel too big sometimes, regardless of their size") to reach the underlying message underneath, but it's kind of nice knowing that such positivity exists amidst the cynicism and anger of the outside world.

Customer Reviews

Very well written

Kimya Dawson from The Moldy Peaches is a brilliant song writer. Though this music may not be everybody's cup of tea it sure is relaxing and enjoyable. My personal favorites are Loose Lips, I Like Giants, and 12/26. Both of these songs are my favorite by her not only for the music but the lyrics have been very comforting lately the lines "So if you wanna to burn yourself remember that I love you/ And if you wanna to cut yourself remember that I love you/ And if you wanna to kill yourself remember that I love you/ call me up before your dead we can make some plans instead" I love this albumn and if you love Anti Folk you'll love it too

Pleasant

This music makes me happy. If you don't like it, then fine. It is a bit left of center. Don't write a bad review if you are not into the anti-folk genre. I can't stand country, but you don't see me writing horrible reviews for country albums, do you? No, because it isn't fair. There. I've stated my opinion.

Beautiful

The work of Kimya Dawson holds me in thrall; though her voice is not quite the strongest I've ever heard, I can't stop listening to it, and in fact the purity in it makes it even stronger and more beautiful than many others. The way her voice shrinks and quavers when saying something difficult just makes me shake with the emotion rolling through me; I first listened to her music off the Juno soundtrack and couldn't imagine living without hearing it. Truly a masterpiece, as many of her songs will make you think much deeper and appreciate life in such a way that is unrivaled with many other bands out there today.

Biography

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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