Avril Lavigne - Under My Skin

2006-03-29 21:52
 

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- WIN your own copy of Under My Skin (special edition)

Avril's back, 19-years-old, with a re-release of Under My Skin, an album that's already spawned stacks of hit singles. It's packed with predictable but catchy punk pop songs

Like any good suburban rock star, Avril isn't shy to feel self pity. Lyrics like "I don't think you understand / 'cause no one understands" are groanfully annoying, a little bit bland, and completely humourless, though quirky lines like "This is when I start to bite my nails / and clean my room when all else fails" do provide some relief.

But what the hell, the tune her naive words are set to is so catchy, who's going to care? Not her millions of fans. And rightly so because despite its maudlin themes, Avril's music is still fun, and it's also welcome proof that punk-flavoured rock can compete on the pop charts.

This Special Edition release, now hitting the shelves to coincide with her tour of SA, includes some really cool goodies for fans. There's a bonus DVD with a mini-documentary, and four music videos that feature Avril in many cute outfits doing amusing things, including dancing around in her underwear in her bedroom, throwing things at mirrors, and performing prettily. There's also a double sided, fold out, mini-poster to stick to your computer box with tick tack. Even if you're not a fan, the DVD is watchable - no prizes for guessing why.

Yep, she's cute, and she's talented. She has grown up a little, but she hasn't forgotten how to throw her toys, and we're not tired of watching her do it.

- Jean Barker

WHAT OTHER CRITICS SAID

"...whiney vocals and trite lyrics imply that madam is merely having a strop rather than wearing the hair shirt of Alanis Morrissette-style suffering."
- Annabel Leathes for BBC.co.uk

Under My Skin is a good, if slightly disappointing, follow-up that will undoubtedly sell a gazillion copies regardless of anything I may say.
- Tim O'Neil from Pop Matters


Avril Lavigne was a surprise hit at age 17, with the Sk8er punk hit debut, Let Go (2002). For boys, she was a fresh, fierce and sexy alternative to Britney Spears.. Her teenage temper tantrums rocked. For the first time in ages, there was a girl climbing the charts who was really making money out of being an angry adolescent. Not since Alanis had whining been this popular and profitable.

jennifer 2005/04/27 7:59 AM
so cool i loved avrils music from the beging it was what i was about and if its about her life then i must be going through the same thing i loved avrils song no body's home that what my life is so totally about. under my skin
JEANINE 2005/04/27 7:20 PM
ROCK ON AVR!L HER MUSIC IS LIKE HER 24/7 THERAPIST - SO SHE CLAIMS - WELL IT CERTAINLY HAS THE SAME POSITIVE EFFECT ON ME! I CANT WAIT 4 HER 4TH CD :-) LINKENPARK&JZ
De Ville 2005/04/28 12:53 AM
Janee Ek sal haar versteekseker raps... System of a down - Mezmerize/Hypnotize
Nicholas Orsmond 2005/04/29 9:12 AM
Avril's makeup! I think Avril is the coolist singer around (except for her make up!) under my skin
Jeanine 2005/05/03 9:57 AM
Under my skin Its one of the best. It make me feel that I'm thats singing. Under my skin
Rupert 2005/05/03 1:59 PM
Under my Skin One of the best bad girl acts in years Under My Skin
Irmarie 2005/05/03 7:35 PM
THANKS It the best ever. YES YES YES to any one.
Ankia 2005/05/03 8:29 PM
Under my Skin Avril once again ROCKS with hard core (and NOT bland) real teenage stuff!! Lyrics that fits to teenagers! None of the grown-up, made-up, boobed-up s*** of some other blonde performer(s). Just HER at 19. PS. I am way beyond my teens (30+) and LOVE her. All Avrils CD's and those still to come
maritza 2005/05/10 3:14 PM
sunday morning sunday morning daniel beddingfield
Christina Allers 2005/05/17 7:27 AM
Under My Skin 30+ and I think Avril ROCKS!!! All AL's CD's r great.
ashley parker 2005/05/17 5:29 PM
miss a parker a awsome cd that i would love to have as i have heard it a couple of times. any Avril cd
IRMARIE 2005/05/17 6:42 PM
cOOL BEST CD EVER YES YES YES YES
marna nortje 2005/05/17 9:48 PM
under my skin worth every penny,great all her CD`s
Charl 2005/05/20 11:50 PM
the cd is UNDER MY SKIN What can i say its AVRIL we talking about She is great LET GO and All HER CD's
Landi 2006/02/01 5:17 PM
Avril Dear avril i love youre music you rock
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