Fefe Dobson’s second studio album Sunday Love, though available through U.S. iTunes in 2012 was not available in Canada until recently. It is a very important album, and it’s time to talk about it.
Dobson was on a roll when her debut self-titled punk album hit platinum sales and drew a pair of JUNO nominations. Her followup was set to do even better. Consider her collaborators: Joan Jett, Courtney Love, Cyndi Lauper, and Pharrell Williams among others. The album was to come out in September 2005 through Island Records. The two lead singles were not picked up by radio despite rave reviews and therefore did not chart. The album release was thus postponed and eventually cancelled.
2005 was a difficult year for music in general as it saw the transition to digital throwing the charts and the fate of CD singles into disarray. Singers from the Idol shows were getting the attention and jingles from commercials became the big hits.
After, and in part because of, its cancellation, Sunday Love garnered a respectable cult following. A number of its tracks were covered by other artists from Taiwan’s S.H.E., to American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, and Selena Gomez. Some of its songs were featured in films and television programs. Dobson was mature in that she simply moved on to the successful Bob Ezrin produced pop album Joy in 2010 which spawned three big hits.
The listener able to see through the media games of associating genres of music with types of artists and conveniently altering definitions of style names, will find Sunday Love a solid rock album. The writing is phenomenal and the production top notch. At times, Fefe’s vocals tickle flamboyant leanings which have resonated with some more than others. This slight camp though makes the ride more enjoyable, as the body-hugging energy and exciting musicianship flows engagingly through the 14-track disc. “Don’t Let It Go to Your Head” contains one of the best choruses of all-time. Sunday Love is so good that the only disappointment one feels when hearing it is the heart breaking at thoughts of its cancellation. This was another Avro Arrow.
Ready for release as iTunes and the digital revolution came online, the launch of Sunday Love misfired, the key missing link between obnoxious noughties punk and resolute modern rock. Now available, its placement in the timeline of sound rallies the scattered jigsaw pieces together and completes the landscape. Fefe Dobson’s Sunday Love is one of the best Canadian rock albums of the new millennium. iTunes