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“Life lessons delivered with oddball charm”
Moldy Peaches front woman Kimya Dawson is back with her seventh self-released LP. Thunder Thighs is another hit with her quiet and introspective vocals and unconventional compositions. The album has a star-studded guest list, including appearances by Aesop Rock, John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats), and Nikolai Fraiture (The Strokes).
Dawson has wrangled together all of her friends to create an album of blunt honesty and determination. The topics and themes are wide ranging and there isn’t much, if anything, that she’s afraid to share. Thoughts on suicide, abuse, and alcoholism are set to a background of light guitar strings and piano notes on “All I Could Do.” This is Dawson’s anthem to letting go of the past, embracing the start of new life and being a better person for the people around you. Things take a drastic but intentional turn with “The Mare and the Bear,” a carnival-like tune complete with children’s vocals. A song about friends, love and acceptance, it is the light retort to the darker moments on the album.
Thunder Thighs marks a new level of maturity in Dawson’s career. Perhaps with the birth of her child she has allowed for a new level of growth in her music. She continues to share with fans the lessons she has learned in life and makes music that can be best described as quirky, satisfying and innovative. (Burnside Distribution)