Avril Lavigne
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2013
Contrary to what the singles might lead you to believe, "Avril Lavigne", the album, is a big step up for Avril Lavigne, the singer, as it explores different sounds and nuances of Avril's voice and personality.
As a matter of fact, I believe Avril ought to be picking her singles not just because they are commercially viable - I mean, outside her fanbase, who would know that her last album effort, "Goodbye Lullaby", was such a nice, smooth ballad album, when her singles included "What the Hell" (which could've been taken straight out of the poppy "The Best Damn Thing") and the (rather generic) "Smile" - but instead, because they reflect what the album is really like as a whole, its 'soul', if you will.
In the new album, her current single "Let Me Go" may be a better option to do just that than the previous ones; but truth is, there are much stronger songs in the album. Songs like "Give you what you like" and "Bad Girl" stand out particularly because they're so different from Avril's previous efforts, and still, you can surely believe it's her, and not just her faking something she's trying to be. Not only are these songs fresh - thank God! - but they're also really good; "Give you what you like" is actually one of my favorite songs of hers-- ever. And that's saying something! Too bad it never became a single, further reinforcing my point. Most people will never even hear it.
That's not to take credit from other solid songs like "17", "Hush Hush" and "Falling Fast", but these songs are within what you would expect from Avril, she's good at that, we know it. After more than a decade, I'm ready to see what else she's got-- and she's starting to show us.
I have to confess I was a bit worried when "Here's to never going up", the first single off this album, came out. Even though I thought the song was 'fun', I feared this album would be just another attempt to mimic how successful "Girlfriend" was, but, thankfully, I was wrong.
Good for you, Avril. And good for the fans, too, obviously. Here's hoping the next one proves everyone (once again) how great you can be.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2014
I love this album! Avril Lavigne is very talented. I like to listen to this album when I go for a jog (or anytime!)...she has so much energy! Here's To Never Growing Up!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2013
Some of these songs seem to be a bit contrived, as if Avril needed material to simply fill up an entire album. It's clearly not her best album by a long shot. The best song is perhaps Let Me Go. The rest of the album is a mixed grab-bag of random songs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2013
There are a variety of song styles on this new album. I love every single song and think this might be her best album yet.
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on April 22, 2015
I've always liked Avril's vibe. Her naive celebration of id is refreshing, clueless but no harm, no foul. Basically id is ambition, but Avril takes the path of indulgence and has a lot of fun along the way. Perhaps rebellion was more real when she was actually a starving artist, not a Bev Hills housewife, but her spirit is unchanged: do or die, whatever. She does pour her heart into it, and her confidence keeps refining her voice, giving it more immediacy and some subtler nuances of expression. So the vibe feels sincere, although being a refined rebel is contradictory. Most fans are drone egos who admire id's shininess, coolness and outrageousness; as it were the highs and lows of ambition, since the median (less clueless) is hardly the rock and roll road to success. Avril provides all that, she loves her fans and they love her music; what's not to love? Is anyone actually learning anything here? Not even close, but what else is new. Egos need icons, id needs avatars, a star is born, nuff said. Still, fun is indeed fun. Girls just wanna, right? Indulgence has many more than 50 shades, but Avril keeps it pretty simple: the rebel who swears, drinks, smokes, enjoys sex, flaunts the law and feels that life is worth singing about. Small town, but classic rock and roll. And it works in the classic girl-vibe way: let's party!; and its corollary: why change a good thing? Hello Kitty makes a billion dollars a year just by having kuwaii. Avril too is filling a need. Just as HK is an industry beneath the surface, Avril also does the hard work. Her stuff is perfectly put together. So a fifth slice of her sincerity is welcome indeed. In a different world Avril would be a different singer, but she would still be very good at it. Meanwhile, GWS, Libra loves you back!
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on November 11, 2013
This is the best Avril album in a long while--maybe her best ever. In fact, I think so. Here, you get every version of Avril. You get the toe-tapping teen anthem (17). You get the defiant, frequently foul-mouthed Princess of Punk (Rock 'n' Roll; Here's to Never Growing Up). You get some things that remind you of her teen affectations in those songs and some others (and talking about her teen affectations, take a look at that awful cover photo...). Well, here's to never growing up, I guess, but that sure isn't all that's here--and by the way, I rather liked those three songs a lot. They are rock with melody, not just noise, something she always did well. There are plenty of toe tappers (You ain't seen nothing yet; Bitchin' Summmer; Sippin' on Sunshine; and some of the aforementioned). You get up tempo ballads (like Hello, Heartache), which straddle the middle of the road.

Then, it changes--as if to say, "I'm still me, I still rock and don't you forget it, but I can do more than that."

There's also a new vision of Avril here. You also get the sultry, sexpot torch singer (Give You What You Like). How is that song not the biggest hit in the country? Too sexy for the prudish, I guess. Our Punk Princess is all grown up! There is the big, lush duet "Let Me Go." Then, there are the sweet, melodic ballads at the end (the charming Falling Fast; the beautiful Hush Hush). This is an Avril that has a direction for the future. She's spreading her wings, brandishing her skills as a songwriter and flexing her muscles as a singer. She's wasn't ever one dimensional, but the mastery of different genres is pretty clear now.

Really, there's only 1 weak song on the whole album--the inane and puerile Hello, Kitty, made for Japan. What in the world was she thinking? Especially since, as an artist she is demonstrating growth, remarkable talent and serious songwriting skill here. Let's not mar that picture.

This was not as commercially successful as it should've been. I know there were some hits here and overall the album certainly did fairly well compared to most artists, but says Wikipedia, as an album "it also tallied the lowest first-week sales of Lavigne's career." That is a shame (but at least it didn't actually tank; still went top 5). There are probably more great and well-written songs here than on any of her other albums and also more maturity on display as a songwriter on most of them. Just shake it off, Avril...a sly reference because...as I write this, I can't help but notice something--another young female singer who is dominating the charts with far less reason. I can't help but make the comparison. This is way, way better all around, better written, more real, more melodic, better sung and showing far more creative skill in all phases. The songs are memorable and distinctive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2015
Really beautiful. Been a fan of Avril Lavigne since her pop punk days and up til now she still sounds good. The songs in here are rather easy to listen to and the choruses are real catchy.
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There are some good songs on here, namely the ones where she gets out of her pseudo-teen punk/pop and tries to be more serious. While most of the songs are (unfortunately) exactly as described, there are two stand out tracks. "Let Me Go" and "Give You what You Like". Of these two, Give you what you like is by far the better one. It actually approaches a very interesting and avril age (30) appropriate situation. The song is about a woman that barters her body for something from a guy. In other words, "i'll have sex with you if you give me what i want." I know several women in their thirties that bounced from man to man and learned that if they want a new place to live, or a bill paid, or a new lap top - all they have to do is use sex. Sex is no longer for fun - it's a bartering chip.

I really wish avril would approach more mature songs like the two i've mentioned above as when she is being a bit dreary, the songs are a lot better. (but i'm sure they don't sell as well)

For a pop album it has a few gems and the rest is ultimately enjoyable and forgettable
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2014
I've been an Avril fan since she first started out. I have bought all her albums. You can see a clear decline one album after another.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2013
Not a big reviewer of music, so I'll keep this simple. I really enjoy this album. I listened to it five times in the first 24 hours. It's all over the place stylistically. Some of it resembles her older work. There are some slower songs reminiscent of Goodbye Lullaby. There's a much harder rock song with Marilyn Manson called "Bad Girl" which might be my favorite. There's this Asian culture-inspired "Hello Kitty" which is the most unique piece on the album and a fun song. It's a very enjoyable album and it's great to see Avril experimenting with several styles. I loved Goodbye Lullaby when others didn't, but as where as that was a very consistent album, this one shows all that Avril is capable of and her ability to grow as a musician. Yet, throughout the album, I never get the sense she's trying to be someone else. In it's diversity, it is still familiar.
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