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new album, new sound, new Avril
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.