Avril Lavigne


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Let Go (2002), 4.5/10
Under My Skin (2004), 4/10
The Best Damn Thing (2007), 4.5/10
Goodbye Lullaby (2011), 4/10
Avril Lavigne (2013), 4/10
Head Above Water (2019), 4/10
Love Sux (2022), 4/10
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Canadian singer and songwriter Avril Lavigne became a star by mimicking emo-punk and skate-punk on Let Go (2002), a best-seller full of catchy melodies shouted over raunchy guitars and fast drumbeats, and de facto a collaboration with the songwriters and producers of the Matrix (Lauren Christy, Scott Spock and Graham Edwards). Sk8er Boi is the only song that is even remotely related to real punk-pop of the 1980s, with Complicated being a decent pop ditty and the singalong I'm with You being a weak companion and Losing Grip revealing her real passion: the power-ballad.

Under My Skin (2004), which debuted at number one in the USA and Canada, produced by Raine Maida, Don Gilmore and Butch Walker, contains hits in different styles: she transitions from classic songwriter mode (Don't Tell Me) to a softer version of Green Day (My Happy Ending) and finally can't help the power-ballad Nobody's Home.

The Best Damn Thing (2007), produced by Lukasz "Dr Luke" Gottwald (the producer of Pink's Who Knew and later of Katy Perry's I Kissed a Girl), Butch Walker and Deryck Whibley, further veered towards mainstream pop with the melancholy ballad When You're Gone, the bouncy Hot (a Dr Luke creation), and especially Girlfriend (another Dr Luke creation), which grafts the silly refrains of bubblegum-pop into the verve of punk-pop.

Goodbye Lullaby (2011) brought in heavy-weight pop producers Max Martin and Karl "Shellback" Schuster (the producers of Britney Spears, Pink and Taylor Swift) besides Butch Walker and Deryck Whibley, and delivered the bubblegum-pop of What the Hell, the power-ballad Wish You Were Here and (surprisingly) the violently syncopated Smile.

Avril Lavigne (2013), assembled by a cast of producers that included Martin Johnson, Peter Svensson, David Hodges, Matt Squire and Chad Kroeger, opted for the dancefloor with the bombastic dance-country-pop hybrid Here's to Never Growing Up and the electronic dance-pop of Hello Kitty, while country-esque male-female duet Let Me Go winked at Nashville and Rock n Roll Britney Spears imitating Joan Jett.

Head Above Water (2019) contains the thundering Bon Jovi-esque ballad Head Above Water.

Love Sux (2022), architected by a cast of nine producers, punk-pop energy and yielded Cannonball.

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