With musical influences ranging from Judy Garland to Kurt Cobain, Fefe Dobson is not your average pop singer.
With musical influences ranging from Judy Garland to Kurt Cobain, Fefe Dobson is not your average pop singer. And her self-titled debut proves just that. Lead single "Take Me Away" serves as Dobson's melodic introduction. Mixing elements of rock and pop, the song showcases both Dobson's voice and the song's catchy lyric. The Toronto native shows her darker side on "Bye Bye Boyfriend." The Jay Levine-produced song goes from melancholy lament to full-on vengeance, all with the thrash of an electric guitar. "Stupid Little Love Song," the track that scored her a deal with Island, is a punk-pop anthem with bite. Unfortunately, the album lags when Dobson tries her hand at more standard pop fare, as she does on the sappy "Everything." That said, Dobson's debut does offer a little something new to the often-vanilla world of pop music.—RH