Fefe Dobson's eponymous debut album isn't really what it's hyped (or unhyped) up to be: it's definitely not another following-the-Avril-footsteps kind of album. What makes Fefe Dobson's first venture in the world of mainstream music engaging is the combination of original, edgy, and melodic pop/rock songs minus the Avril cheese. Also, Dobson's album somewhat seems more "real" and unforced/premedidated: because the lyrics and how the songs are produced seem to be more natural on Fefe, there are rarely any awkward moments here. The album's also great because when some things become too pretentious, they just barely cross the line, making its tracks seem more admirable than annoying. With her writers and producers, she's managed to come up with a fresh, yet still articulate album that's part reflective, part fun, and part entertaining. What gives Fefe distinction as an artist would not only be the obviously superficial (okay, so it's not everyday that you see a Jamaican/Irish-Canadian female artist sing pop/rock songs with some punk and spunk in it), but her overall sound also seems to be more chilled and more down-to-earth, which contributes to its likelier closeness to true "punkness" than Avril's record ever showed. For Avril: although "Let Go" is also an undoubtedly impressive debut, it has somewhat more glossiness and polished nautre in the production quality of her tracks. Dobson's songs, although layered with lush instrumentation, don't tend to rely on electronics and ProTools as much as they do a garage feel. That's what's great about the album too: the organic undertone behind the solidly mainstream pop/rock production! Not only that, but Dobson is indeed a younger artist than Avril, and with her cowriting all the songs with such maturity only seems to add to her credibility as an artist. Okay, take away the pretensions and her whole image, and you've got a pretty refreshing talent here. Sure, her almost juvenile diction and pronounciation on many of her songs are definitely a distinction in itself, but she's still a pretty relaxed and decent singer. It's unfortunate that (at least in America), her album didn't really fare that well saleswise upon its release week. With more exposure and promotion, Dobson truly deserves the credibility and praise. Her debut album only raises the bar for new artists trying to break into mainstream: debut albums don't have to be lacking in content and credibility; they can be edgy, vivacious, and a showcase of an artist's maximum potential.