With the help of guitar hero Orianthi, the new song's stadium-size drums and Dobson's raspy delivery, create a track that's reminiscent of '80s power balladeers Roxette and Heart.
Pointing the finger at her ex, the song is an emotional response to a lost love, pleading for reconciliation and empathy. Dobson sings, "Now I can't breathe / If I'm not breathing with you / I can't sleep / If all I'm dreaming is you / Can't you see / I've got no air without you / I can't breathe, I can't breathe."
As the second chorus comes to an end, an unabashed guitar solo, which could have easily fit on any hair metal record, steps forward to echo the melody, while adding tons of guitar theatrics. Dobson enlists the help of 26-year-old guitar virtuoso, Orianthi, best known as the young female guitar player on Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' concert series.
'Joy' is the second album for the young singer, which took over four years to complete. Dobson's previous two singles, 'Ghost' and 'Stuttering,' reached the top 20 in Canada, both exemplifying a more mainstream and contemporary sound.
Listen to 'Can't Breathe' now on AOL Radio's New Pop First station.