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For 2007, Avril Lavigne is back at the top of her game, delivering what she describes as her "best record yet." Aptly titled The Best Damn Thing, this album finds Avril returning to the fun, colorful sound of her debut album yet showing just how much she has grown as an artist. The album feartures writing and production collaborations between Avril and Dr. Luke (Lady Sovereign, Pink), Rob Cavallo (Green Day, The Goo Goo Dolls), Butch Walker, and her husband Deryck Whibley of the platinum-selling band Sum 41. Album features the hit song "Girlfriend."
The first clue to the sound of Avril Lavigne's third CD, The Best Damn Thing, comes in the form of her kickoff single, "Girlfriend," which is filled with singing, clapping, and cheerleader-style chanting. The song is quite a sonic contrast to her previous disc, Under My Skin, which was considered to be Lavigne's more mature follow-up to her 16 million-selling debut CD, Let Go. Like that debut, The Best Damn Thing will be largely and deeply embraced by teenage girls, and is packed with songs that will create enthusiastic sing-alongs in concert. There are a handful of numbers that will appeal to a wider audience; "Innocence" and disc closer "Keep Holding On" would both fit perfectly in a Gray's Anatomy episode, while the sultry message and solid harmonies in "Hot" will appease ears of many ages. Lavigne's husband, Sum 41 frontman Deryk Whibley makes an appearance as producer and instrumentalist on a handful of tracks; their union, however, seems to have bred more than love. "I Don't Have to Try" and "Everything Back But You" both have a frenetic pace and chorus that is so eerily Sum-like that if they weren't married, a copyright lawsuit might ensue. That aside, the record oscillates between lyrically acerbic fare ("One of Those Girls," "I Can Do Better") and fluffy sugar-pop melodies ("Contagious," "The Best Damn Thing") delivering far more spunk rock than punk rock. --Denise Sheppard
Top customer reviews
The smash single "Girlfriend" is the first song, and invites you into this album as an energetic and powerful song. "Runaway" is milder in terms of energy and topic, but is fabulous to listen to anyway.
"The best damn thing" is reminiscent of cheerleaders, and is just as fun as "Girlfriend."
"When you're gone" is one of the first slow, meaningful and almost-sad songs that are included. "Innocence" and "Keep holding on" are similarly categorized, but each unique and show case Lavigne's talent.
"One of those girls" and "Contagious" as well as "Hot" are like "Runaway"- catchy and addictive and perfect for preteens and early teenagers that do not like songs that are overly hyper. I love them all.
And then we have "I can do better," "Everything back but you" and "I don't have to try." A bit frantic sounding, but are still a good, quick listen.
Out of all of the songs by Avril Lavigne, the most that I like are definitely in this album, as I like every single one. My favorite songs by her is "Girlfriend," "Runaway," "Contagious" and "Keep Holding on." More favorites include "My Happy Ending" and "Complicated," which I believe to be the best songs on her previous albums.
Here are my ratings and short descriptions.
1) Girlfriend (10/10)
Extremely fun and catchy and great as a ringtone
2) I can do better (7/10)
Not bad, but not a favorite. This is one of those songs where I like the verses better than the chorus, partly because of the lyrics, and partly because of its similarity to some other songs.
3) Runaway (10/10)
Love this song! Catchy and sticks in your mind long after listening.
4) The best damn thing (9/10)
Energetic and fun
5) When you're gone (10/10)
A song that is relatable and shows true vocal talent.
6) Everything back but you (8/10)
A bit frantic paced, but not bad at all. I don't think it really sounds like her, though.
7) Hot (9/10)
A lovely song that is both slow and fast and shows her versatility.
8) Innocence (10/10)
Touching and serious and melodious.
9) I don't have to try (8.5/10)
Interesting and different, which I like. Just a bit wild for my taste.
10) One of those girls (9/10)
Perfect for many different audiences and has a great chorus and is surprisingly easy to listen to.
11) Contagious (10/10)
Another fabulous song that I couldn't get enough of.
12) Keep holding on (9/10)
Featured in the Eragon movie, this is a great and heart felt song. It feels like Avril Lavigne is really sincere and believes her words strongly. It almost made me cry.
Avril Lavigne shows versatility and a wide vocal range and talent in this album. Perfect for most teenage girls ("Girlfriend," "The Best Damn thing," "One of those girls," "I can do better"), some preteens ("Hot," "When you're gone," "Runaway," "Contagious") and some young adults ("Innocence" and "Keep Holding on"
Many of these songs are appropriate for other audiences.
One more note: I've noticed that most reviews that are negative are not written by the target audience
UPDATE: After listening to this album for several months, "When You're Gone," "Runaway," "Contagious," "The Best Damn Thing," and "Everything back But You," are my favorites, although I still enjoy all of the other songs. Definitely an album I'll still be listening to in the future.
Fans of her first two albums may not like this one as much, since it is so different. Songs like "The Best Damn Thing" and "I Don't Have to Try" may turn some listeners off. The latter even caused someone near me listening to say, "little Avril has lost her mind." Some may be inclined to agree, but most attribute this change in attitude to her marriage. Since she was in "wedded bliss" (as some put it), she was much more playful. I'm not quite sure how seriously some of this album should be taken, but I think it's less serious than her first two albums. In short, Let Go and Under My Skin were more serious, and The Best Damn Thing is more fun (she at least seemed to have a blast making it).
If the song "Girlfriend" annoyed you as much as it did me at first, try not to let it put you off too much. Other songs on the album, such as "When You're Gone," "Innocence," and the epic-sounding "Keep Holding On" should redeem some issues you may have with the album. My advice: give the album (or at least some of the songs) a listen. Some of my favorite songs of hers were the ones I never heard on the radio. If you like what you hear upon sampling it, buy the album. If you don't like it, don't buy it. It's not complicated.
Personally, I'd recommend the explicit version. If she didn't want strong language in her music, then she wouldn't have put it in. However, if you are opposed to such vulgarity, you can simply buy a censored version. But with this, you get a DVD, the content of which should provide some insight into the process she went through to make this album.
- The CD/DVD jewel case is enclosed in a cardboard package measuring 10.25" x 10.25" and includes a 20" x 30" folded poster.
- The main 12 tracks are from the censored album version.
- The beautiful ballad "I Will Be" is finally on CD, along with the other incredible single "Alone". These two fantastic songs should have been on the original album version from day one!
- "I Can Do Better" (acoustic bonus track) is the only applicable audio track that is _not_ censored.
- The bonus NTSC DVD includes the four song Orange Lounge performance from summer 2007, in gorgeous 16 x 9 widescreen compatible format. "Girlfriend" is _not_ censored.
- The four music videos are not 16 x 9 widescreen compatible, although "When You're Gone" and "Girlfriend" with Lil Mama should have been. The original "Girlfriend" and "Hot" were not shot (or released) in 16 x 9, so that doesn't apply for those two.
All in all, this is a terrific collector's item for any Avril fan!!!
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