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Fefe Dobson (2003)

Artist: Fefe Dobson
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Format: CD
Sku: 60621140
UPC: 044007729229
UPC 14: 00044007729229
Release Date: 12/9/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Stupid Little Love Song ~ Fefe Dobson
2. Bye Bye Boyfriend ~ Fefe Dobson
3. Take Me Away ~ Fefe Dobson
4. Everything ~ Fefe Dobson
5. Rock It Til You Drop It ~ Fefe Dobson
6. Revolution Song ~ Fefe Dobson
7. Kiss Me Fool ~ Fefe Dobson
8. Unforgiven ~ Fefe Dobson
9. We Went For A Ride ~ Fefe Dobson
10. Give It Up ~ Fefe Dobson
11. Julia ~ Fefe Dobson
12. 8 x 10 ~ Fefe Dobson
13. Rainbow - (hidden track) ~ Fefe Dobson
 
Growing up in a musically diverse family, the sounds that permeated FeFe's household pulled her in all directions at once. Her mother would regularly spin tunes by the likes of Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, while dancing around the house with abandon. "My mom was like a disco queen," says FeFe with a laugh. "She was crazy. She'd always be dancing to Flashdance and stuff like that. I'd sit there and go, 'She's weird,' but that's how I learned to dance." Meanwhile, another influence began to dictate FeFe's rock aesthetic.

"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
Muze PNote Contains the hidden track "Rainbow" which follows "8 X 10."
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote 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

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 12/09/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 0001244
Music Label Name Label : Island (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00044007729229

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone 7 of 10
"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. - Chris Rubin
Product Attributes
Product attributeArtist:   Dobson,Fefe
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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