Avril Lavigne is back with her latest album simply titled “Avril Lavigne.”
Over the years, her fans have seen and heard Lavigne grow from a teen to a woman in both her life and her music. In her latest release, she seems to maintain a good balance between her signature pop punk sound and attitude and a number of other qualities she seems to be experimenting with as well.
Several songs seem to continue her tradition of punk rebellion and loud music. Others are more simplistic and emphasize the vocals and the an emotional connection with the lyrics. Some even come across with an extra edginess through more explicit wording and even some serious sex appeal.
I rank the songs as follows:
1. “Rock N Roll” – A+
This track has a cool beat with a rebellious tone. It’s loud, it’s fun and it’s classic Avril.
2. “Here’s To Never Growing Up” – A
The song is catchy and has a nice hook, one of the standard qualities of her songs.
3. “17” – B+
This one is a bit more poppy and comes across with a nostalgic feel.
4. “Bitchin’ Summer” – C
It seems to have a more stripped down quality and is pretty average overall.
5. “Let Me Go” – C+
This one is deeper and more emotional which may be due in part to the fact that she’s singing it with her husband of Nickleback fame.
6. “Give You What You Like” – B+
The track comes across with a bit of a slower, haunting feel.
7. “Bad Girl” – C+
It’s kind of a flashback to 80’s rock with a bit of a retro vibe.
8. “Hello Kitty” – C-
There’s too much emphasis on rap/hip-hop qualities. it’s highly unusual for her and very synthetic.
9. “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” – C+
This song features a pop rock sound and isn’t bad overall.
10. “Sippin’ On Sunshine” – B+
It’s a simple, fun and catchy tune with a feel good quality about it.
11. “Hello Heartache” – C+
This song focuses on vocals more than anything and comes across with a very sincere vibe.
12. “Falling Fast” – B+
The light, serious simplicity and pure vocals makes for a good song.
13. “Hush Hush” – B+
She closes out the album with a track that is both soft and sweet.
All in all, I would recommend this album to long-time Lavigne fans as well as those who might be interested in seeing a different side of this pop punk princess.