New Sacred Cow

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New Sacred Cow
Studio album by Kenna
Released June 10, 2003
Label Columbia CK 86959
Kenna chronology
New Sacred Cow
The Black Goodbye EP
(2007)The Black Goodbye EP2007
Singles from New Sacred Cow
  1. "Hell Bent"
    Released: August 31, 2001
  2. "Freetime"
    Released: April 22, 2003
  3. "Sunday After You"
    Released: December 14, 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Prefix Magazine (3/5)[2]
PopMatters (Favorable)[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]
Slant Magazine 4.5/5 stars[5]

New Sacred Cow is the debut album by Kenna, released in June 10, 2003 by Columbia Records. The album was produced by Chad Hugo of The Neptunes and Kenna.[6] Kenna created something of an underground buzz with the release of his first single "Hell Bent" in 2001. The album was leaked to the internet over a year before its final release, as it was delayed by record company politics. "Freetime" was chosen as the single to lead off the release of the album. A video was shot, and appeared sporadically on MTV2 along with the video for "Hell Bent". "Freetime" peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play charts. In late 2004, "Sunday After You" was remixed by Chad Hugo and released as a single. The single version differs greatly from the album version.

Track listing[edit]

New Sacred Cow
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Within Earshot" Kenna, Chase Chad 1:20
2. "Freetime" Kenna, Hugo Kenna, Chad 3:23
3. "Man Fading" Kenna, Hugo Kenna, Chad 4:05
4. "Sunday After You" Kenna, Hugo Kenna, Chad 4:16
5. "Vexed and Glorious / A Better Control" Kenna, Hugo Kenna, Chad 6:13
6. "Red Man" Kenna, Hugo Kenna, Chad 3:39
7. "Hell Bent" Kenna, Hugo Kenna, Chad 4:53
8. "Yeneh Ababa (Rose)" Kenna Kenna 3:13
9. "War in Me" Kenna Kenna 5:20
10. "New Sacred Cow" Kenna, Hugo Kenna, Chad 4:01
11. "I'm Gone" Kenna, Hugo Kenna, Chad 3:54
12. "Siren" Kenna, Hugo Kenna, Chad 3:38
13. "Love/Hate Sensation" Kenna Kenna 4:34
Total length: 52:29

Release and reception[edit]

On the CD, "Vexed and Glorious" and "A Better Control" are placed on the same track, allegedly due to an editing mistake. Tracks 8, 9, and 13 were produced by Kenna alone, and all others were with Chad Hugo.

Although "New Sacred Cow" was leaked to the internet a year before the actual album's release, the song, "Siren", wasn't available to downloaders until the official release of the album in record stores. Also, the tracks, "Vexed and Glorious" and "A Better Control" were merged into a single mp3 file, as opposed to two separate tracks.

A music video to the stop motion short film More to the song of "Hell Bent" was aired on MTV2 in 2001, and the Toonami Midnight Run. It was created and directed by one of the future directors of Kung Fu Panda, Mark Osbourne.[7]

"Freetime" is used in the TV show CSI.


  • Kenna - Keyboards, Vocals, Writing, Producer (tracks: 1-7, 10 to 12), Logos And Illustration
  • Chad Hugo - Keyboard, Saxophone, Writing (tracks: 1-7, 10 to 12)
  • Chad Hugo (as Chase Chad) - Producer (tracks: 1-7, 10 to 12)
  • David Davidson - Strings
  • Ethan Johns - Bass (New Scared Cow)
  • John Haynes - Engineer
  • Matt Pinfield - A&R
  • Otto Price - Bass (Red Man, War In Me)
  • Pui Tse - Logos and Illustration
  • Sean Murphy - Photography
  • Serban Ghenea - Engineer, Mixing[8]


  1. ^ Love, Bret. "New Sacred Cow". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Umile, Dominic (5 March 2008). "Album Review: Kenna – New Sacred Cow". Prefix Magazine. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Potts, Ryan (4 September 2003). "Kenna: New Sacred Cow". PopMatters. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review
  5. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (8 June 2003). "Kenna: New Sacred Cow". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
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  8. ^ "Kenna – New Sacred Cow".