Fefe Dobson (2003)
|Artist: Fefe Dobson|
"My sister was a huge Nirvana freak," she continues. "She used to close her door and blast 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' on CD. She wouldn't let me in, but I'd sit there at the bottom of the door with my ear at the crack and just listen. You hear a lot of experience in those songs-they went through things. That music came from Kurt Cobain's mind, heart, and soul, and there's a lot of pain in his singing. You can feel it, and go on that journey with him. When you're young you don't think, 'This person is going to change your life.' But when you start recording your own songs, it comes back and reminds you."
At this point, FeFe can look forward to lots of things. One would be playing live shows in front of newfound fans. She's only had a handful of gigs with her band, but the heady experience has her hungry for more. "It's great. With the guitars and drums, it's all right there. You're impacting people, and it's loud, and they're looking at the whole product. It's liberating."
|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.
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|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.|
Producer: Jay Levine
|Release Date : 12/09/2003|
|Original Release Date : 2003|
|Catalog ID : 0001244|
|Label : Island (Label)|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00044007729229|