Fefe Dobson

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Original, refreshing, and a whole lot of fun.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Fefe stands up for herself while keeping it nice and clean.


No violence.


There's nothing explicit here.


Fefe knows how to make a point without using any of "those" words.


Refreshingly commercial-free.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing obvious.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fefe Dobson combines musical integrity and imaginative songwriting with a heart that is clearly in the right place. What a great role model for girls who rock!

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byclp25 April 9, 2008

We've been listing to this CD for 2+ years, still love it

Catchy songs, great for anyone 10+ to listen to. Mild sexual references "Baby, back it up, lay down, what. It was fun but it couldn't last forever... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bybieber_fever55 August 23, 2010

Surprisingly Clean

I was really surprised when watching one of Fefe's music videos. It was surprisingly clean, with only some rare refrences to kissing. No cursing at all, wh... Continue reading

What's the story?

On FEFE DOBSON, Ms. Dobson's eponymous CD, you find an example of terrific artist-producer chemistry. Jay Levine knows how to bring out the best in his artist without taking over; Dobson knows how to let him, without getting lost in the shuffle. The result is a terrific album on which her songs and vocal performances are beautifully produced and arranged. The whole CD seems to glow with a sense of loving fun. For young teens, two \"message\" songs might provide comfort and support. \"Unforgiven\" is written to a father who has abandoned his family (\"Where were you when I plugged in my first guitar/It's too late for I'm sorry\"), \"Julia\" is a hand extended to a friend who is somehow or other slipping away. But the first track, \"Stupid Little Love Song,\" is the most full-tilt fun, with its quirky lyrics, punk guitar riffs, and rock & roll attitude.

Is it any good?

What a delight to peel off the shrink-wrap on a CD, pop it in the CD player, and find a dozen fresh, original, well-performed songs instead of the "top-40 hit plus carelessly chosen filler tracks" we often end up buying. With vocals that run the gamut from little-girl cuteness to punk-powered grit, plus one guitar-fueled musical hook after another, Dobson makes rock & roll integrity look -- and sound -- easy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what messages some of the more serious songs deliver. For example, "Julia" is about reaching out to a friend who seems to be slipping away.

Music details

  • Artist: Fefe Dobson
  • Release date: December 9, 2003
  • Label: Island
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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