Kimya Dawson

Just because the mainstream took notice when Kimya Dawson dominated Billboard charts with the Juno soundtrack doesn't mean she's left K Records for a major. Rather, with Alphabutt she's aiming for a crossover of a different kind: The goofy den mother of antifolk has crafted a children's album, in part as a response to fans who've wished she had songs more appropriate for their kids.

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And so this breezy batch is considerably less hung up on sex and death but still gleefully scatological, celebrating farts on the title track and, well, "Pee-Pee in the Potty" speaks for itself. There's a dark side, though. The closing "Sunbeams and Some Beans" advises today's youth to share their snacks with those less fortunate, name-checking corporate greed and our national food surplus. Even then, however, Dawson houses her more pointed sentiments in shambling folk-pop that works on several levels.

It helps that she has a daughter of her own, Panda, who appears here and was the inspiration for "Little Panda Bear," "I Love You, Sweet Baby" and "Louie," about Panda's beloved dog. Kids could do a lot worse than Alphabutt, a deeply heartfelt album that will endure just as long as Juno, if not quite so prominently.

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