Fefe Dobson CD (2003)

Artist: Fefe Dobson

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by Venus Radisson on 12/24/2003

For a debut album, Fefe Dobson's self titled new release is about as good as they come. She writes her own music and she can actually sing. Granted, the lyrics aren't the best in the world and her voice could use some patching up, but otherwise she's brilliant. She has a talent that the Britney-and-Christina filled music industry can use. Take Me Away is a fast paced, vibrant song about love. Her other really masterful piece, Unforgiven, is very good, though it could have used a few more weeks of work before being released. Kiss Me Fool is almost as nice as Take Me Away, but I still have the same complaint as with Unforgiven. All in all, I would highly recommend this cd to anyone who enjoys fast-paced, vibrant, punk rock music. I have high expectations for Fefe's next cd and look forward to watching her career blossom.

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On her Island Records debut, FeFe manages to siphon the spirits of all her musical heroes into a truly original stew. "It's a bunch of different influences, and different genres, pulled into one," she explains. "Everything from Nirvana... to Madonna. And it has a taste of Red Hot Chili Peppers in there, too. It really ranges."

On "Everything," FeFe deftly bridges the worlds of the Bangles and the Chili Peppers, as her bracing vocals flutter over a snappy six-string riff. On the first single, the wistful "Take Me Away," FeFe longs for romantic escapism through a ultra-catchy chorus amidst chugging guitars that drown you with an overwhelming emotional heft. The nu-metal stomper, "Unforgiven," intersects music and vocals at the exact point where life experience and raw artistic expression cross - multiple guitar parts over a pulverizing pulse with a vocal delivery dipped in battery acid. "Daddy Daddy, why'd you break your promises to me..." echo repeatedly throughout the song providing a scathing cathartic release. And on the cutting "Bye Bye Boyfriend," she takes swipes at her ex, setting up a devastating chorus.

And though FeFe wrestles with tumultuous relationships throughout her album, she also unveils some tongue-in-cheek and fist-in-face lyrics on the punkafied "Stupid Little Love Song," with its frenetic guitar strumming. Add to all that the acoustic ballad "The Revolution Song" with its heartfelt and deeply meaningful lyrics, and you have an album that captures the wide ranging influences of FeFe Dobson, an album destined to flummox would be music labelers.


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 60621140
UPC 044007729229
UPC 14 00044007729229
Format CD
Release Date 12/9/2003
Author Fefe Dobson
Technical Info
Producer Jay Levine
CatalogID 0001244
Lable Name Island (Label)
Released 12/09/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 49m : 27s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00044007729229
Album Notes and Credits
Contains the hidden track "Rainbow" which follows "8 X 10."
Personnel includes: Fefe Dobson (vocals); Jay Levine (various instruments); Zak Soulam, Dan Kanter, James Bryan McCollum, Kirk Broadbridge (guitar); Andrew Hollander (piano); Jack Dailey (bass); Nir Z (drums, percussion); Colin Robinson (percussion).
Energetic Canadian singer Fefe Dobson makes her debut on this self-titled album. This pop-rock outing leans surprisingly towards the rock side of things, as evident on the punky opener "Stupid Little Love Song." Other hard-charging tunes includes the slowly building "Bye Bye Boyfriend" and the nu-metal stompers "Unforgiven" and "Give It Away." At only 18 years of age, Dobson is a surprisingly proficient singer and songwriter--"Everything" references the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Under the Bridge," but takes the melody to different places, while "Julia" is a mature, melancholy song. A strong and diverse first outing that should appeal to fans of both Avril Lavigne and Blink 182, FEFE DOBSON is a welcome addition to the pop-punk landscape.
Disc 1
1 Stupid Little Love Song
2 Bye Bye Boyfriend
3 Take Me Away
4 Everything
5 Rock It Til You Drop It
6 Revolution Song
7 Kiss Me Fool
8 Unforgiven
9 We Went For A Ride
10 Give It Up
11 Julia
12 8 x 10
13 Rainbow - (hidden track)
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review "Sassy" is the first word that comes to mind on hearing the ebullient music of FeFe Dobson, a precocious, bi-racial Canadian teenager. Guitar-driven pop, informed by an appreciation of bands that range from various Jackson siblings to Nirvana, makes up the bulk of her eponymous debut. She has a knack for hooks, as the first single, "Take Me Away," amply demonstrates, but doesn't sacrifice content. "Unforgiven" is a snappy, screeching "screw you" to her absent father, while "Bye Bye Boyfriend" offers further evidence of her sharp tongue as she dispenses with an ex. Dobson was aided and abetted by producer Jay Levine and master mixer by Tom Lord-Alge, and the resulting dozen tracks (plus the hidden "Rainbow," a piano-and-strings ballad) reflect a rock sensibility that swings from classic to thrash: there are moments on "Stupid Little Love Song" that recall the Eagles' "Hotel California," while other songs bristle with punk energy. It's an eclectic and impressive debut from a spunky but surprisingly mature eighteen-year-old.
Reviewer Chris Rubin
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Artist Dobson,Fefe
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
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