Kimya Dawson is one of those rare artists who can tickle
your funny bone and tear out your heart with equal propensity. And on her
seventh and best solo effort yet, she plays up both sides of her style in a way
that hasn’t been displayed since the heyday of her band the Moldy Peaches.
With production provided by her new BFF Aesop Rock (who also
contributes vocals) and appearances from pals John Darnielle of the Mountain
Goats, Strokes guitarist Nikolai Fraiture, the Forever Young Senior Citizen
Rock And Roll Choir and her five-year-old daughter Panda, Thunder Thighs finds Dawson juxtaposing between confessional
anti-folk balladry, children’s song whimsy and her new penchant for rapping.
But don’t judge, as she is better than you would expect, flexing a style that
exists between Woody Guthrie and Def Jux as she calls out hypocritical hippies,
turtle burning oil companies and the overdose that nearly killed her with
effortless wit and grace.
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