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Classic Pick of the Week - 2/10/14: Hidden Vagenda

By Savanna Stiff posted Feb 12, 2014 at 02:41 PM

WVUM alumna Savanna and GM chooses this week's Classic Album Spotlight.

This week's classic pick is Kimya Dawson's 2004 album, Hidden Vagenda. 

I'm really excited to be able to contribute this week's pick, it's one of my favorite albums in the world, and represents true achievement in the anti-folk genre, which is defined less by sound and more by sentiment. 
The album mingles deeply personal themes of love and death with powerful political sentiments in the wake of 9/11 and Bush's reelection. Written after Dawson suffered the loss of several friends and families members, she deals with death in a way that is frank, relatable, and comforting. 
For anyone backing away slowly at what sounds like an overwhelmingly sad album, keep listening! It also has its cheerful points, including "Parade" and "Blue Like Nevermind," and "Viva La Persistance," which is my personal go-to anti-Capitalism pump up song. 
It also features guest appearances from Daniel Johnston, French folk band Herman Dune, Regina Spektor, and Vanessa Carlton. 

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