Avril Lavigne is back you guys. Now, before I begin telling you about this
album, let’s get this out of the way…when it comes to Avril Lavigne:
I’m really going to try and put my hatred aside, but I make no promises. So, without further ado..here goes:
- Rock N Roll: Okay, we’re off to a corny, annoying, but…still kind of catchy start. The only catch is to not listen to the words, because then it starts to go into, “can you not” territory.
- Here’s To Never Growing Up: So apparently we’ve started the decent into hell. A song that should really only be played along with Green Day’s “Time Of Your Life” at a High School graduation, Avril shows that she really hasn’t changed since her “Sk8r Boi” days, and f*ck you if you don’t like it.
- 17: Cheese and rice, Avril. COME. ON. Now you’re not even trying.
- Bitchin’ Summer: Alright, you got me here. Avril sounds decent, and there’s cute enough lyrics. Think, “Party In The USA” – you really don’t want to sing along, but you can’t help yourself (except for the rap in the middle, that’s got to go.)
- Let Me Go (Feat. Chad Kroeger): I couldn’t really hear this one over my laughter. Sorry guys.
- Give You What You Like: I will give credit where credit is due, and this song is actually really good. Avril shows off her vocals, and takes a step in a very mature direction with no pop-punk hook and stripped-down instrumentals. As much as this pains me to say…well done, Avril.
- Bad Girl: Yikes. I’m not entirely sure what’s happening with the distortion and vocal echo, but it’s not working. Pair this wit Marilyn Manson yelling in the background (generally a fan of that,) every now and then…and it’s just not good.
- Hello Kitty: This is actually one of the most hilariously racist songs I’ve ever heard. Worth a listen, if only for the giggles and the “oh my God I can’t believe she put that on an album!”
- You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet: perhaps one of the most pop songs on the entire album, Avril channels her inner Selena Gomez with sickeningly sweet lyrics about puppy love. It’s decent, if you’re into that sort of thing, I guess.
- Sippin’ On Sunshine: I was actually really confused listening to this at first, because it sounds eerily similar to Katy Perry’s “Roar.” Not a bad song at all, but talking about the beach with your sweetheart doesn’t exactly fit in with a supposed-to-be-deep-and-angsty November release.
- Hello Heartache: Well, we’re certainly not at the beach anymore! “Hello Heartache” is a story of moving on after your young heart is broken into a million little pieces. “I was champagne, you were Jameson,” Avril croons. Le sob.
- Falling Fast: another winner, Avril once again embraces her soft side with a controlled ballad about falling hard for someone while still being cautious about getting hurt again. An unusually relateable song from a wannabe rebel who usually only aims to please the dangerous, and it looks damn good on her!
- Hush Hush: Wooooow! Another soft one, Avril? Don’t tell me you’re losing your edge! Just kidding, this song is actually really cute, even if you will end up like this after…
Overall, this album is not as bad as I thought it would be…I guess. I would advise Avril to go in a softer direction, but she won’t ever listen to me because she’s so ~badass~ so I will prepare myself to feel like this for the rest of her releases: