Avril Lavigne - The Best Damn Thing


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Well, that awkward goth phase didn't last long! With all the impatience of an ADD-riddled teen rebel, Avril Lavigne ditched the gloomy facade of her sophomore Under My Skin and dove back into the well-scrubbed mosh pit for her third album, The Best Damn Thing. Frankly, the change in pace comes as a bit of a relief. The serious Avril on Under My Skin never felt genuine -- the shift from the exuberance of "Sk8er Boi" to the meandering ruminations of "Don't Tell Me" and "My Happy Ending" seemed sudden and forced, a misguided attempt to prove that Lavigne was a serious songwriter -- so as soon as The Best Damn Thing opens with the bright bubblegum blast of "Girlfriend" and its cheerleader chant, everything within Avril's world seems right again. If anything, this third album feels even more adolescent than her aggressively catchy-n-shallow debut, Let Go, perhaps because this is an album where Avril is allowed to run wild. She can curse, spit, and strut to her heart's content, she can taunt her rivals and steal their boyfriends, then bitch out the boy for not understanding her once he belongs to her. She impatiently rushes through the power ballads -- there are only three of them, all impeccable melodic anthems designed to keep the crossover adult audience Let Go won, all better than their equivalents on Under My Skin -- because she can't wait to get back and raise hell like the spoiled brat that she's thrilled to be. Avril swears like she's just discovered profanity, cheerfully spitting out four-letter words (and their compounds) with glee, but everything she does here she does with unrestrained glee. She truly believes she's the best damn thing you've ever seen, she knows it's all about her -- or, as she shouts on "I Don't Have to Try," "I wear the pants!" -- and if you don't agree, she knows you're wrong and you can go to hell (actually, she'd probably say something a lot stronger). This sense of entitlement will surely rankle anybody who's just a little bit older than Avril's 22 years, who will also find that the perennial Lavigne complaint holds: she ain't no punk, she's a brat that any grizzled old punk will want to beat with a baseball bat. (How do you know if you're one of the old guys? If you recognize the chorus of "Girlfriend" as a total lift from the Rubinoos' "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," you're an old guy, even if you're 20.) But The Best Damn Thing wasn't made for them, nor was it made with any sense (or even regard) for the past: it was made to exist totally in the moment, in a time when a moment speeds by faster than light. And, frankly, that's what good about The Best Damn Thing: it's as exuberant, irreverent, and exciting as any other bubblegum pop, defiantly silly and shallow, but also deliriously hooky. If Lavigne didn't have the hooks -- if neither "Girlfriend" nor the title track weren't driven by cheerleader chants, if "Everything Back But You" didn't snarl like prime Green Day, if "I Can Do Better" didn't soar on its chorus -- her snotty attitude would be unbearable, but these are terrific, addictive pop songs that are harder and tougher yet feel fresher and lighter than her big hits from Let Go. True, this is far from deep, but Under My Skin proved that a deep Avril is a dull Avril. The Best Damn Thing, in contrast, builds on every one of her bratty strengths, which makes for ridiculously catchy pop -- the kind of music that provides a soundtrack for teens and guilty pleasures for everyone else. [The Best Damn Thing is available in a deluxe edition containing a bonus CD. The non-deluxe edition is a clean version of the album without the numerous profanities.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide


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Avril Lavigne
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Track list
Girlfriend, I Can Do Better, Runaway, Best Damn Thing, When You're Gone, Everything Back But You, Hot, Innocence, I Don't Have To Try, One Of Those Girls, Contagious, Keep Holding On
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30725049, 5590683

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Avril Lavigne - The Best Damn Thing is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A exellent album I love this album it is everything I expected and more. one of my favorites are when your gone because I can relate to it because I feel that way about someone. I recomend this product to all teenagers and grounups alike. It ROCKS!
Date published: 2007-10-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not the best i like avril but this cd is not relly what i like in the past. it is just not good like let go or under my skin. i just like 3 out of the 12 songs. i just hope that the next cd will be a lot batter
Date published: 2010-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bought it as a gift. I must admit that I bought this as a gift for my girlfriend's daughter so I haven't listened to it more than once to make sure that it played properly. What I did hear of it I liked and I feel it was a good purchase.
Date published: 2007-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lavigne is back, with a new sound! After three years of waiting, Avril is back, and with a completely new sound! Although this album is much different from the first two, her fans are more excited then ever, and she definitely is keeping her level. Especially with her new bratty, hit single "Girlfriend", which by-the-way she recorded in 8 different languages. Now that's impressive! And if you think she's gonna stop there, you're wrong, because she recently released her second single, "When You're Gone", which is a ballad, and far more emotional then "Girlfriend". As most of you probably know, Avril is married to Deryck Whibley (the lead singer of Sum 41), which inspired her to write awesome ballads like the second single, mentioned above, "When You're Gone", and "Innocence". But her husband didn't only inspire ballads, but a fun, and sexy song, called "Hot", which will also be the third single off of this platinum record. Another ballad on this record is "Keep Holding On", which was written for the movie "Eragon". Unlike her other two albums, this time, she named a song after the album title. "The Best D*mn Thing" is definitely righteous to it's name, especially with that cool cheerleader vibe to it. Like "Girlfriend" there are a few other bratty songs on the album, which include "Everything Back But You" and "I Can Do Better". Just like on her last record, "Under My Skin", Avril didn't fail to choose the best-of-the-best to work with her on this album, like Dr. Luke, Butch Walker, and even Travis Barker, the drummer from Blink 182. Avril definitely has changed a lot, I cannot say that she has become more mature, but she has changed. She lost a lot of fans with this album, but definitely gained a lot, as well. If you like Pop/Rock, and like dancing around, and goofing off to music, this is the album for you!
Date published: 2007-08-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok i gusse ok so this is the 3ed album from lavigne and is my least fav of the 4 she has come out with. girlfirend: at frist i hated the song but it grew on me 4/10 i can do better: one of my favs off the album 10/10 runaway: another good song its so fun and i dont give a you know what luv it :) 10/10 the best the best d*mn thing: i really dont care for this song im kinda sick if it really LOL. avril raps in it and it dosent work at all! 3/10 when you're gone: pretty song luv it 10/10 everthing back but you: ok it sounds so bad i must say her voice isnt good in it and is my lest fav on the album 0/10 hot: this is another ex: of what avril shouldnt do it was a single but didnt do well on charts that should tell you what kind of song it is 2/10 Innocence: its a ok song but its boring at times 3/10 i dont have to try: her voice is so bad in this 0/10 one of those girls: an ok song not the best and is a good song to dance to 6/10 Contagious: its a good pretty dance song i like it 8/10 keep holding on: not the best way to end the album but its a good song 7/10 so overall 3/5 stars for this album way not 2 or 1? well avril is my fav singer and i know she can do way better then this but i would say buy this album if u love a good fun up bet album but if u like avrils older stuff this might not be for u but its diff worth it for any avril fans
Date published: 2011-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome I love this cd! At first listening to it i only liked a couple of the songs, but now after listening to them again, i love them, the lyrics rock too! I reccomend this cd for 13-19 year olds.
Date published: 2007-08-11
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