Where has the real Avril Lavigne gone? That’s what I find myself asking while listening to her brand new self titled album. Her last album ‘Goodbye Lullaby’ was pretty average and saw the self acclaimed punk rocker go quite soft and lose the edge her fans fell in love with in 2002. Sadly the fifth studio album doesn’t do any justice for her as the album is quite messy and see’s the singer experimenting with too many different genres. There are influences of Pop, Rock, Hard Rock, Dance, Bubblegum Pop and even Country. As much as it is a good thing to be diverse, this is just too much and leaves the listener confused.
The majority of the album is quite cheesy and is overall something you would expect from a debut album. ‘17’, Bitchin Summer’, ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothin Yet’ and ‘Sippin On Sunshine’ are the main culprits of the cheesiness overdose. She does attempt to keep the edgy image with a few expletives thrown in the songs and even collaborates with Marilyn Manson on a track called ‘Bad Girl’, but it all comes across as she’s trying too hard to be someone she’s not. She seems to be herself the most in ‘Let Me Go’ where she collaborates with her husband Chad Kroeger (Nickelback). One main good thing about this album is that Avril’s vocals are very strong and showcases her wide vocal range. However she uses too much autotune and reverb on ‘Bad Girl’
Highlights on Avril Lavigne’ include ‘Rock N Roll’, ‘17’, ‘Give You What You Like’, ‘Hello Kitty’ and ‘Hush Hush’. The rest of the album is quite disappointing and with all the hype leading up to this album I wish it was good so I could rave about it but I just can’t.