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 😀
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!