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2002 debut album from the Canadian pop diva including the hits 'Complicated' and 'I'm With You'.
Self-professed skate punk Avril Lavigne sings that she'd "rather be anything but ordinary" on her debut. While the fact that she had a record deal by the age of 16 separates her from the pack, too often Let Go's lyrical shortcomings drag the teenager's musically impressive recording entrée into the realm of the typical. The catchy choruses of Go are substantial, though, thanks to Lavigne's riff-driven melodies and powerful vocals, which at times adopt the unorthodox intonation quirks of fellow Canadian Alanis Morrissette. The nuanced, dynamic "Losing Grip," "My World" (which perfectly captures the ennui of suburbia), and the buoyant power-pop blast "Sk8er Boi" are the collection's highlights. But Lavigne's honest yet awkward words weigh down the likes of "Mobile," "I'm with You," and "Naked." "Nobody's Fool," which displays her Pink-like take-me-as-I-am credo, hints that someday Lavigne's lyrics will match the strength of her music. --Annie Zaleski
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Disclaimer: Avril Lavigne is not for everyone.
I'm nearly 60 years old and thoroughly enjoy her music. Avril Lavigne writes from experience, about moments of time in her life and snippets of what she was thinking or feeling at the time. Avril also collaborates on the mix. Her choice of collaborators has been excellent and they seem to know what Avril's supposed to sound like. The music has excellent spacial dynamics, excellent depth and headroom with many layers. And her voice is right out front. At times, the mix of voice and music is quite moving.
I listen in the car, to and from work, on the desktop with a 5.1 speaker system. With over the ear headphones, and with well sealing earphones. I'd say I'm a fairly critical listener. I listen deeply. While listening in the car I have, at times, become quite animated while singing along, windows down and Avril cranked up.
All of her music is good.
At one time I thought I would make some discs of my favorites of Avril's, but it sounded "off" somehow. I realized I couldn't pull just two or three songs off an album. They needed to be together. They are integral to one another, and just wouldn't sound right.
Again, Avril Lavigne isn't for everyone, like children, say 14 and under, but, it is powerful, moving and playful. Avril Lavigne, to me, sounds good.
Any album would be a good first or an excellent addition to a collection.
I'm currently listening to her most recent album which is self titled and, to me, is a mix of "now" and "then". "Hello Kitty" is a blast. I hear a little J-POP in there. Avril is fairly popular in Southeast Asia and parts of East Asia. I'm into K-POP these days and "Hello Kitty" sounds very familiar. I guess the music from those regions has had an impact.
Avril Lavigne... good stuff.
1. Losing Grip*
3. Sk8er Boi
4. I'm With You*
8. Anything But Ordinary*
9. Things I'll Never Say
10. My World
11. Nobody's Fool*
12. Too Much To Ask
February 2nd, 2011
Avril's debut album Let Go is a pretty good pop album. Don't listen to the haters. If you don't like her, then you shouldn't be on this page anyway. But if you do and STILL haven't tried this album out, PLEASE do because it's good. It's Avril's best album out of her first three. Is it deep? Well, some would say yes, but I'm gonna say no. It's just a fun, somewhat-varied-in-sound album. Some of the lyrics are the opposite of deep, but she was just starting out. I liked her attitude on this album. Then she had to go off the deep end with her 2007 effort, The Best Damn Thing which was just childish and had minimal good songs on it. I think most of us agree to that. ANYWAY, onto my favorite songs.
*"Losing Grip" starts the album off perfectly and is one of the many standouts. It's decent pop-rock and was one of my favorites even way back when. Still love to play this song.
*"Complicated" is another goodie, and was Avril's first single. I don't think I need to speak much more about this upbeat pop number.
*"I'm With You" is one of the best ballads on the album and was a single for a reason. It's great and tells a tale about feeling lonely and wanting someone to take you away.
*"Tomorrow" is a track that I didn't like right away. But it's up there with the best standouts because of the way she sings the song as well as the song's topic of maybe not being ready to have sex or to take that next step in a relationship.
*"Anything But Ordinary" is yet another standout. It's a great song about wanting to just freak out and "let go" of everything because you've always done things the right way.
"Nobody's Fool" is another standout, but to a lesser extent. Some people hate this track and I can see why because Avril kinda raps in it. But it's still a fun track that tells others that she's not gonna change (which sadly she kinda did) and that she's "got a backbone stronger than yours".
"Unwanted" is the last standout, but to a lesser extent. I just love the opening riff and wish it would come into the song more often. It's about how Avril introduces herself to some boy and he pretends she's not even there.
The rest of the tracks are fine, if not extraordinary. They fit fine on the album but some of them aren't that exciting. However, this is a solid listen throughout and that's why I'm rewarding this with a
"B-", 4.1 stars (or an 8.2/10).
"I'm With You"
"Losing Grip" &
"Anything But Ordinary"
So I figured I would go ahead and get the rest of the album while it was on sale. The Mp3 files sound very nice. So far my favorite songs from the album would probably be:
1. "Things I'll Never Say"
2. "I'm with You"
4. "Anything But Ordinary"
5. "Nobody's Fool "
But I think some of the others will likely grow on me, once I have heard them a bit more.