BEST DAMN THING is the third full-length from pop chart upstart Avril Lavigne and shows the artist has lost none of the cheeky, bratty rock edge that put the singer on the map. The album's lead-off single, "Girlfriend," a bouncy pop-punk romp driven by pell-mell energy and a naggingly catchy chorus, is a case in point. "Girlfriend" kicks off the 12-song set with a bang, telling the listener in no uncertain terms that the album is going to be a fast, fun, high-octane ride.
Whereas Lavigne's sophomore release, UNDER MY SKIN, showed a more reflective side of the singer, BEST DAMN THING doesn't waste time navel-gazing or brooding about relationships gone wrong. Instead the album revels in punchy, uncomplicated pop delivered with a teenaged sneer (and a few well-placed curse words to keep the parents on their toes). Lavigne still seems a ways off from fully exploring her "mature" side, but this batch of energetic tunes is all the better for it. The best teen pop thrives on good hooks and youthful, devil-may-care attitude, and that's exactly what Lavigne delivers.
Spin (p.89) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Lavigne returns to the infectious hooks and mall-punk guitars that made her famous....Throughout, Lavigne spruces up her sound with pep-squad chants and funky hip-hop rhythms."
Entertainment Weekly (p.60) - "[S]he's provided the best darn rock & roll album teen girls are likely to hear all year..." -- Grade: B
Loving this album, has so many hits to choose from, from girlfriend to when you're gone. i love the punky pop rhythm and all the upbeat beats. I can listen to this over and over again and i can't wait for the next album and many more from avril. I would recommend this particular album to people who also love kelly clarkson and the veronicas too.
I personally can't stand Avril Lavigne. She's a huge hypcocrite . . . but I won't get into that now. The Best Damn Thing is her latest album from the 'punk rocker' from Canada. Her songs are catchy and I've often found myself singing along to songs like 'Girlfriend' and 'The Best Damn Thing' - I think we have a new cheerleading tune.
The sole reason I bought this was for the song 'Keep Holding On' from the movie Eragon starring Jeremy Irons as Brom. That's right, I plugged a movie while talking about the suddenly blonde, girly acting, hypocrite Avril Lavigne. If you like pop music (That's right, I went there!) then you'll like this album
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