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  • Posted December 4, 2010

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    I got JOY*!-JOY*!-JOY*!

    This album has taken almost three years to be released. In that time, Fefe Dobson re-signed with the label (ISLAND) that scrapped her sophmore effort "Sunday Love" (which was amazing). Because of the re-sign the original version of the album has been altered,giving "Joy" more pop radio-friendly hits such as:"Ghost" and "Stutterin". Some of the older songs from the original "Joy" make the B-side of the album, giving it a half pop/half indie feel. This works both against the album and for it.

    What works is the energy and charisma that Fefe herself creates. She runs through her songs like the pro that she is. The best song on the entire album is "Can't Breathe". If there was ever a direction that "Joy" should have gone, it's this route. It deserves to be her new single and could very well make Fefe the first breakthrough artist of 2011. What I love about the song, is the fact that J.T. Rotem and co. had NOTHING to do with it, and I think she can write a hit single without their help.

    What doesn't work(and this could be because they were released over a year or two ago), is the B-side of the album. It starts with "Watch Me Move" - a song released in the fall of 2008, and "I want You" from fall 2009. While both songs are really good in their own right, I feel that with all of the re-imaginings of "Joy", they just don't really fit at this point. But that could also be because I've been listening to them for song.

    The album is a solid effort, even if the concept of a half this/half that feels a little forced and an obvious compromise from the original vision of "Joy". BUY IT!

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