Joy

Joy

5.0 1
by Fefe Dobson
     
 
The album cover to Fefe Dobson's third studio album, Joy, is most likely symbolic. Picturing the young performer collapsed on her own stage, it's likely representative of the five years of drama that Dobson endured after her second album, Sunday Love, was ultimately shelved days before its release and Dobson was dropped from her label. In the time that

Overview

The album cover to Fefe Dobson's third studio album, Joy, is most likely symbolic. Picturing the young performer collapsed on her own stage, it's likely representative of the five years of drama that Dobson endured after her second album, Sunday Love, was ultimately shelved days before its release and Dobson was dropped from her label. In the time that Dobson was label-less, she was certainly keeping busy, still occasionally touring and songwriting, most prominently with Disney teen prodigy Selena Gomez. Though Dobson saw her career halt and found herself forced to work with artists who can hardly touch her in terms of talent, she never gave up -- and neither did her fans. After releasing two singles independently -- the ever so spunky "I Want You" and the slick and spicy "Watch Me Move" (very clearly a big f-you to her former label) -- she was re-signed to Island Records, and got an independent distribution deal with Universal at the same time. Dobson had gone from has-been to hot commodity. The question remains, is Joy a great album? The answer is an unequivocal yes. The album could have been a sappy collection of moody ballads, a collection of all the dark tunes that Dobson penned during her time without a label. However, if Dobson was ever not producing top-quality, charismatic pop
ock radio smash tunes, we would never know the difference. Dobson had a hand in writing each of these power numbers, which represent her strongest body of work to date. From lead single "Ghost" (co-written by Kara DioGuardi and produced by Kevin Rudolf) to the follow-up midtempo chart burner "Stuttering," Dobson proves she's on top of the pop market, with some immaculate writing and production that keep her fresh with the contemporaries who sprang up while she was away from the game. However, the strength comes in the non-singles, which slide farther from radio fodder and into a greasier, grittier set that is often too absent in pop music these days: Dobson bites back against her vices on "Thanks for Nothing" and sends a rival woman running on the Howard Benson-produced "You Bitch"; it's these tracks where Dobson's fire blazes strongest, and she catapults herself into the ranks of spitfire pop artists like Kelly Clarkson and P!nk. Not to mention, just when you think she's kept herself guarded, Dobson rips herself open on "Set Me Free," making it clear that the hardships she's endured because of the music business have truly left her scarred; it's these scars, however, that make her ballads so bruising and her spunk and charm so fresh and believable. Joy may not be such a cheerful album, but it stands to be an epic comeback for a genuinely talented pop artist who was shafted by the industry that would welcome her back with open arms, and that is definitely a joyous story.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/30/2010
Label:
Island
UPC:
0602527370422
catalogNumber:
001422102
Rank:
322489

Related Subjects

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fefe Dobson   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Steve Hunter   Guitar
Howard Benson   Keyboards
Kim Bullard   Keyboards
Paul Bushnell   Bass
Bob Ezrin   Keyboards
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Rami Jaffee   Keyboards
Phil X.   Guitar
Jon Levine   Keyboards
Tim Lauer   Keyboards
Tommy Henriksen   Electric Guitar
Emanuel Kiriakou   Guitar
Dorian Crozier   Drums
Kevin Haaland   Guitar
Jorn Anderson   Drums
Frank Zummo   Drums
Claude Kelly   Background Vocals
Orianthi   Guitar,Soloist
Marc Rogers   Bass
Dave Lichens   Bass,Guitar
Dean Dichoso   Drums
Thomas "Tawgs" Salter   Keyboards
Eric Pall   Drums
Adam Culvey   Percussion,Drums
Dan Kantner   Guitar
Keith Haaland   Guitar

Technical Credits

Howard Benson   Programming,Producer
Kim Bullard   Programming
Bob Ezrin   Composer,Programming,Producer
John Nicholson   Drum Technician
Kara DioGuardi   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Mike Plotnikoff   Engineer
Jon Levine   Composer,Producer
Eric Ratz   Engineer
Tim Lauer   Programming
Tommy Henriksen   Composer,Programming
Doug Joswick   Package Production
Ryan Williams   Engineer
Josh Abraham   Composer,Producer
Mike Smith   Pro-Tools
Jeff Dalziel   Vocal Producer,Vocal Recording
Fefe Dobson   Composer,Executive Producer
Hatsukazu "Hatch" Inagaki   Engineer
Luke Walker   Composer,Additional Production
Marc VanGool   Guitar Techician
George Seara   Engineer
Kevin Rudolf   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
J.R. Rotem   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Claude Kelly   Composer,Vocal Producer
Noel "Gadget" Campbell   Executive Producer
Alex Haldi   Graphic Design,Art Direction
Justin Cortelyou   Engineer
Jeff Pelletier   Pro-Tools
Ben Chang   Engineer
Oligee   Producer
Dave Lichens   Composer,Programming,Producer
Dean Dichoso   Engineer
Antonio "L.A." Reid   Executive Producer
Timm Parker   Pro-Tools
Thomas "Tawgs" Salter   Composer,Programming
Nikki Jumper   Cover Photo
Chris Smith   Executive Producer
Cameron Bristow   Pro-Tools
Ryan Chalmers   Pro-Tools
James Allan Toth   Pro-Tools

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Joy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Mikey_G More than 1 year ago
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!