Review Summary: Kimya Dawson's music reaches the furthest extremes of mature and childish. The product is an album that is massively disarming, hugely caring, thoughtful, hilarious, sweetly rambunctious, and calling for numerous revolutions.
In the first two songs of this album it goes from singing about disturbingly deep and terrible suffering to a playful child singing along with her about a mare and a bear being friends forever.
Admittedly, this album has a song or two that aren't displays of any kind of overwhelming 'talent', but much like with Regina Spektor (an inspiration to Kimya), they only enhance the joyful, carefree, and beautifully quirky qualities that are seated at the core of what makes this album legendary.
The song 'Same ***/Complicated' starts by bringing light to the sensitive undersides of activists, hippies, and hipsters. Then it becomes a call for the world to move towards open mindedness and acceptance of everyone. This serious and passionate call blends into Kimya's quick personal profile where we get a look at how dynamic just one person is with an overtone of acceptance. What a ride!
The song 'Driving Driving Driving' is a powerful commentary on environmental concerns. Kimya describes her own struggle with the issue and offers numerous insights into what needs to change and even some ways how that can be done. Then there is the massively fun song, 'The Library', that gives libraries their proper glory. The album ends with an awesome illustration of 'Utopian Futures'.