14 Songs, 1 Hour 7 Minutes


Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.


Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
3.8K Ratings
3.8K Ratings
Kamui VII

Listen Avril Fans, This is the truth!

I was a bit cautious getting this album after Girlfriend came out and when I saw her SNL performance of I Can Do Better(along with back up dancers/singers) made me wonder more. But after listening to the album via stream/canada radio, its decent.

As an Avril fan it falls inbetween the first and second album(or maybe a demo album) as far as lyrics and composition. I think she lost a lot of her personal, emotional and darker side (from her second album) when she left Arista Records. This seems to be Sony BMGs way of making her more bubble gum pop, ala Gwen Stefani and P!nk, making her more of a performer/entertainer vs a song writer. Dr. Luke (main producer) and her hubbie (Deryck Whibley)really killed her punk / skater image and made her into a marketing barbie doll which will kill her band wangon fan base and make her true fans wonder if she signed to Sony for the money vs being herself, like her first two albums.

The lost of her original band hurt her and this album as us fans will truely recognize the big difference in originality, cohesiveness and closeness she had with her first band members. If you saw the SNL performance she seemed to be ahead of the band at times and had to slow down so they could catch up, the band did the album song and it looked like Avril wanted to do a live performance ( different tempo, beat; just so she could rock out to it) but the performance seemed stiff and drawn out. Get the album and support her, and it will like it but it probably wont be in your normal iPod playlist.


Fun, Flirty, Fabulous: The Best Damn Thing

Avril's third disc is the singer's largest leap to the punk/pop sound thus far. It is a hard-grinding, vocals-soaring, hooks-so-catchy-it-hurts, kind of an album. She has finally let her hair down in many ways. Her uptempo rockers hit harder and with more abandon while the ballads display even more insight and vulnerability than we have received from her past musical excursions.

TBDT acts as a smarter, wiser "Let Go" while taking the edge of "Under My Skin", yet subtracting the depressing angst.

Standouts include: "I Can Do Better," "Runaway," "When You're Gone"
BEST song?: "Hot"...it is infectious--and Avril finally exudes the sex appeal that she has always teased.

While the new punk-girly chants (i.e. "Girlfriend," "I Don't Have to Try," "I Can Do Better") take an old-school Avril fan off guard, one learns to really love it and enjoy the unabashed joy of it.

So stop turning your noses at Avril's youthful, energy charged, disc and just soak it in and have some fun. It could be the best damn thing for you.

BTW, pre-order only song "I will be" more than deserved to make the album's final cut.


hillary duff soundtrack anyone?

Wow. Well, I wasn't expecting much since Avril's last album was the epitome of pop fluff that tweens thrive upon, but this proved me wrong. I guess getting married has caused her to sell out not only her original image of punk rocker, but her sound as well. Her lyrics are garbage, and the songs off this new album will most likely appear in the next available PG movie starring one of the uberly sweet pop princesses (a la hillary duff). But then again her new single sounds like something produced by the Mickey Mouse club having lyrics that are not only taunting but are most likely to get stuck in your head. "Hey, hey, Deryck, Deryck, I don't like your girlfriend".

About Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne first appeared in summer 2002, touting an addictive debut single (the spunky pop/rock gem "Complicated") and a skatepunk image that purposely clashed with the polished glamour of mainstream pop. Lavigne, who was 17 at the time, quickly rose to teen idol status, selling several million copies of her debut album, Let Go (the best-selling album by a female artist in 2002), while inspiring a genuine fashion craze with her penchant for tank tops and neckties. As the decade progressed, so did Lavigne's marketable sound, which took a contemplative turn on the sophomore effort Under My Skin before reaching an aggressively upbeat tone for 2007's The Best Damn Thing.

Born into a devout Christian household in the small town of Napanee, Ontario, Lavigne sharpened her vocal talents in church choirs, local festivals, and county fairs. She began playing guitar and writing songs in her early teens, focusing her early efforts on country music and contributing vocals to several albums by local folk musician Steve Medd. Arista Records caught wind of the singer and brought her aboard at the age of 16, with CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid personally taking Lavigne under his wing. She quit high school, relocated to Manhattan, and set to work with a handful of prime songwriters and producers, but the partnerships only produced country songs, not the rock music in which Lavigne had become increasingly interested. Arista relented and instead sent Lavigne to Los Angeles, where she fashioned her melodic, edgy debut alongside such writing teams as the Matrix. Released in 2002, Let Go was the polished product, and its four high-charting singles -- "Complicated," "Sk8er Boi," "I'm with You," and "Losing Grip" -- led the album to multi-platinum status within its second month of release. Lavigne became the youngest female musician ever to have a number one album in the U.K., and she supported the wildly popular disc (which eventually gained eight Grammy nominations) with a tour of Europe, Asia, North America, and Australia.

Compared with the skin-bearing antics of other teen idols -- Britney Spears chief among them -- Lavigne was a new kind of superstar, one whose appeal didn't rely on sexy videos or suggestive music. She further distinguished herself by bypassing the assistance of professional writing teams during the creation of her second album, choosing instead to collaborate with singer/songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, Evanescence's Ben Moody, and Evan Taubenfeld (who had previously worked with Lavigne as her touring guitarist). Released in May 2004, Under My Skin was more serious than its predecessor, dealing with such issues as premarital sex ("Don't Tell Me"), depression ("Nobody's Home"), and the death of Lavigne's grandfather ("Slipped Away"). The album debuted at number one in more than ten countries, went platinum within one month, and further established Lavigne as a pop icon. Incidentally, a song that was co-written by Lavigne and ultimately cut from the final track list -- "Breakaway" -- was later given to Kelly Clarkson, who used it as the title track and lead-off single for her Grammy-winning sophomore album.

Lavigne married her boyfriend of two years, Sum 41's Deryck Whibley, in July 2006, just one month after the animated film Over the Hedge announced her cinematic debut (Lavigne voiced the part of Heather, a hungry opossum). She also appeared in Richard Linklater's fictional adaptation of Fast Food Nation, which was released that November. Nevertheless, she spent most of the year working on her third album, enlisting former blink-182 drummer Travis Barker to play drums, and cherry-picking a variety of producers (including her husband) to helm the recording sessions. The Best Damn Thing appeared in April 2007, and its lead-off single, "Girlfriend," marked a return to the bratty, spunky, punk-pop of her first album. "Girlfriend" soon became the subject of controversy as the '70s power pop band the Rubinoos sued Lavigne, claiming that her tune reworked their 1979 song "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend." No amount of bad publicity could hurt the singer, however, as "Girlfriend" became her biggest U.S. single ever and The Best Damn Thing topped album charts worldwide.

Lavigne filed for divorce from Whibley in October of 2009. The dissolution of their union featured heavily on her next album, 2011's Goodbye Lullaby, which included tracks produced by Whibley.

Lavigne returned to the studio just weeks after the release of Goodbye Lullaby and begun work on her fifth album. In 2012 she started working on new material with Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger and eventually the pair began dating; she married Kroeger on July 1, 2013. By that point, she had released "Here's to Never Growing Up," the first single from her eponymous fifth album. Released in October, Avril Lavigne featured eight songs co-written by Kroeger, who also duetted with Avril on the record's third single, "Let Me Go." ~ Andrew Leahey

Belleville, Ontario, Canada
September 27, 1984




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