Review: Avril Lavigne 5th Self-Titled Album

As many of you will know, I am a lifelong Avril Lavigne fan, and her brand new self-titled album is currently being released all over the world! I have listened to it over and over again, and decided to post a full track-by-track review for you all. Spoiler: it’s totally, utterly bloody amazing 😀

Avril Lavigne New Album

Rock N Roll

In my Rock N Roll Make Up Tutorial, I mentioned that this is one of my favourite Avril singles of all time – and it definitely is! It’s pure fun, as the music video showed, and was the ideal anthem to my summer. I think this will be a sure-fire crowd pleaser when Avril starts to tour again, and it brings fantastic energy to the beginning of the album.

Here’s To Never Growing Up

When I first heard HTNGU, I was thrilled – it was everything I had hoped the first single from this new record would be. I was also lucky enough to be featured in the lyric video, which was awesome! It’s a little bit nostalgic, packed full of fun and is perfect for singing along to. Loudly.

17

I had high hopes for 17 after hearing the preview all those months ago, and I was not let down in the slightest! It really speaks to me, as Tiz and I got together when I was 17 (and still are!) and it captures all of those new feelings and the excitement of a new teenage relationship. It’s the kind of song I could have pictured being on Let Go, and it’s more than welcome on this album!

Bitchin’ Summer

If only the album had been released a few months ago! I adore this song, it’s upbeat, light-hearted and ideal for summer road trips. The fun rap section was reminiscent of Nobody’s Fool from Let Go for me, and there was something totally carefree about the song. I think an acoustic version of this would work so well, too!

Let Me Go

When I heard that Avril and Chad had done a duet, I was worried that it would be a little cheesy – Let Me Go is anything but! It’s beautifully haunting, perfectly composed and their voices are striking together. When I first heard it I played it on repeat about fifty times – it totally drew me in, and the video was a wonderful accompaniment to a stunning song.

Give You What You Like

I didn’t think I’d be picking out favourite songs during this review, but when it comes to GYWYL it’s hard not to! This song is like nothing Avril has done in recent years, and wouldn’t have been out of place on Under My Skin. Her vocals are perfect, the lyrics are incredible and it’s heartbreaking and gorgeous at the same time. Even Tiz said it was a ‘very good song’, and coming from him that is a massive compliment!

Bad Girl

Since hearing that Avril had teamed up with Marilyn Manson, I’d been ridiculously excited for their duet. Did it disappoint? HELL NO! Bad Girl is another one of my firm favourites from the album, and has been stuck in my head for days and days. It’s everything I would have expected from the pair and so much more – the energy is incredible and the cheeky laugh at the end just totally makes it. Awesome!

Hello Kitty

I was totally prepared to either love or hate Hello Kitty, and I’m pleased to say that I ADORE it! It’s been another song I haven’t been able to get out of my head, or stop singing (much to everyone’d annoyance!). Yes, it’s totally different from Avril’s usual style but to me, she’s proved that she can do pretty much anything. This is going to be the most insanely fun song to hear live, and I can’t wait!

You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

I haven’t listened to this song as much as some others, but I really do like it. It’s fairly chilled out, and is something I find myself singing along to – it’s the kind of song that leaves you humming it afterwards (especially the “Yeah, yeah, yeah”s) After the wonderful madness of the previous two songs it’s the perfect way to level things out again, in the best way possible.

Sippin’ on Sunshine

From the second this song starts, you know it’s going to be a bit of an anthem. Not that there are many of these in the UK, but I can totally imagine Sippin’ on Sunshine being blasted loud at a summer pool party. When played live, every single person in the audience is going to be singing this back to Avril, punching the air at every “Hey!”. In a word, it’s brilliant.

Hello Heartache

I can totally tell that Hello Heartache was meant to be on Goodbye Lullaby (or so I heard), although I’m kind of glad it wasn’t. I think it has a rightful place on this record as it provides a more serious note after so many super fun songs. As far as heartache songs go, it’s actually very catchy and the lyrics aren’t too downbeat – I actually find some hopefulness in the song, and it’s beautifully put together.

Falling Fast

Avril has a habit of putting the more melancholy songs towards the end of her albums, and with Falling Fast it really works. It is stunning and captures the vulnerability of falling in love so well – it’s awesome to think that she wrote this totally from her personal experiences at the time, and it balances out some of the less emotional/more fun songs like Hello Kitty. It’s not the first song I’d skip to, but I definitely like it.

Hush Hush

After first listening to Hush Hush it didn’t make a huge impression on me, but after listening again and again I really do love it! It’s definitely a grower, and I can imagine listening to it much more during the winter for some reason. It really is beautiful, and rounds off the album perfectly.

So, all in all, I can’t rave about Avril’s new album enough! It was worth every little bit of the wait, and deserves to do so incredibly well in the charts. I’m off to buy my physical copy today, and can’t wait to add it to my Avril collection!

What do you think of ‘Avril Lavigne’, or any of the individual songs? Let me know!

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

 

7 Comments

  1. FANDEAV

    I’m from Mexico, I got the physical copy on November 1st…. I LOVED IT!!! I FELT I WAS LISTENING TO AND ALBUM THAT WAS BETWEEN LET GO AND UNDER MY SKIN… THE AVRIL LAVIGNE I BECAME FAN OFF….

    MY FAVORITE SONGS SO FAR ARE: 17, BICTHING SUMMER, BAD GIRL, YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET…

    I HOPE SHE COMES TO MEXICO THIS TIME, SHE DIDN’T CAME WITH THE BLACK STAT TOUR

  2. Shannon

    Love this album! My favorites are Hello Kitty, Bad Girl, 17, and Give You What You Like. However, I wish Manson had a bigger part in Bad Girl. I just love his voice!

    This album seems more upbeat and happy compared to past albums. It gives me hope. If she can make it through the rough times, then so can I. 🙂

  3. Shazza Rose

    As I’m sure you know, I’m a die-hard Avril fan just as you are, I’ve been there from the very beginning and followed her every step of the way. Goodbye Lullaby was kind of a let down for me, BUT, it was a beautiful album, I loved it, but I felt like Smile and What The Hell didn’t represent it very well and kinda gave off false advertising. So, I hoped that this album would make up for the lack of the upbeat, fun vibe on the previous album. I was definitely not disappointed, it’s incredible. Personal favourites would have to be Bad Girl, Rock N Roll, Here’s To Never Growing Up, Bitchin’ Summer and 17. Sippin’ On Sunshine makes me smile, and You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet reminds me of Let Go!! I REALLY hope she tours Australia this time, she only did promo stuff here last time and I was sooo heartbroken!!

  4. Nora Lavigne

    I really adore this record. It’s not my favourite but I can’t stop listening to it. My favourite songs are Bitchin’ Summer, Bad Girl, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet, Hello Heartache and Hush Hush. I’m a Little Black Star since 2008 and I’m really proud to be. I hope I’ll be able to see her life in her upcoming tour because I couldn’t go to the Black Star Tour. And I’m afraid that this is her last album, idk why, but I always am, when bands or singer make self-titled albums 😮 So, if you read this comment, please let me know if you’re afraid too, Chyaz^^

  5. I haven’t really listened to a lot of Avril’s new stuff, but I’m really looking forward now! Thank you so much for your descriptions of the songs, it made me go into another world to know what the songs were about. I love Rock n Roll, Here’s to Never Growing Up, and Let Me Go. I’m personally looking forward to 17 because I recently celebrated my 17th birthday and I know I’ve made lots of mistakes about love and such, I’m a die-hard fan, so thank you for your review..it means a lot to me…keep up the amazing work Chyaz! =)

  6. Federica

    Hi Chyaz! I’m from Italy, and I have been a huge fan of Avril since I can remember. I have always loved all of her songs, but I think that she has really changed from the beginning, maybe too much.. At the time of “Let Go” and “Under My Skin” she was a rebel, her songs were full of deep meanings and thoughts, and her style was unique. But with “The Best Damn Thing”, “Goodbye Lullaby” and now with her fifth album, she has become another person, she has lost a bit of her personality.. Her songs are nice and I like listening to them, but they aren’t beautiful as the old ones. This is my opinion obviously 🙂 Anyway, I still love Avril so much! 🙂

  7. Milou

    I like this album so much!
    First my favo song was ‘Bad Girl’
    but when i saw the lyrics :” you can fuck me you can play me’
    I thought like ‘Omg, Avril. this is so NOT you’
    So yeah, i think the song rocks but the lyrics…
    Also for give what you like. Its so sexy.
    Now i like Falling Fast sooooo much <3 Pure like Avril really is..
    And HTNGU is just fun!
    I'd like to give the album a 7.
    I like Avril since 2009

    Nice revieuw Chyaz! Lovee.

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