Joy

( 1 )

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
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 ...
See more details below
CD
$8.99
BN.com price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (7) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $6.34   
  • Used (3) from $1.99   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/30/2010
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602527370422
  • Catalog Number: 001422102
  • Sales rank: 190,653

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ghost (0:09)
  2. 2 Thanks for Nothing (3:46)
  3. 3 Stuttering (3:17)
  4. 4 Can't Breathe (3:09)
  5. 5 You Bitch (3:44)
  6. 6 Didn't See You Coming (3:20)
  7. 7 Watch Me Move (4:26)
  8. 8 I Want You (1:55)
  9. 9 I'm a Lady (2:11)
  10. 10 In Your Touch (2:56)
  11. 11 Set Me Free (4:39)
  12. 12 Joy (3:05)
  13. 13 [Untitled Hidden Track] (3:32)
Read More Show Less

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
Paul DeCarli Digital Editing
Bob Ezrin Composer, Programming, Producer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
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 Digital Editing, 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 Digital Editing, Pro-Tools
Ben Chang Engineer
Oligee Producer
Dave Lichens Composer, Programming, Producer
Dean Dichoso Engineer
Antonio "L.A." Reid Executive Producer
Timm Parker Digital Editing, Pro-Tools
Thomas "Tawgs" Salter Composer, Programming
Nikki Jumper Cover Photo
Chris Smith Executive Producer
Cameron Bristow Digital Editing, Pro-Tools
Ryan Chalmers Digital Editing, Pro-Tools
James Allan Toth Digital Editing, Pro-Tools
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Posted December 4, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    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!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews