- Audio CD (14 April 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Columbia
- ASIN: B000NA1OXY
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,518 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Best Damn Thing CD
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The first clue to the sound of Avril Lavigne's third CD, The Best Damn Thing, comes in the form of her kickoff single, "Girlfriend," which is filled with singing, clapping, and cheerleader-style chanting. The song is quite a sonic contrast to her previous disc, Under My Skin, which was considered to be Lavigne's more mature follow-up to her 16 million-selling debut CD, Let Go. Like that debut, The Best Damn Thing will be largely and deeply embraced by teenage girls, and is packed with songs that will create enthusiastic sing-alongs in concert. There are a handful of numbers that will appeal to a wider audience; "Innocence" and disc closer "Keep Holding On" would both fit perfectly in a Gray's Anatomy episode, while the sultry message and solid harmonies in "Hot" will appease ears of many ages. Lavigne's husband, Sum 41 frontman Deryk Whibley makes an appearance as producer and instrumentalist on a handful of tracks; their union, however, seems to have bred more than love. "I Don't Have to Try" and "Everything Back But You" both have a frenetic pace and chorus that is so eerily Sum-like that if they weren't married, a copyright lawsuit might ensue. That aside, the record oscillates between lyrically acerbic fare ("One of Those Girls," "I Can Do Better") and fluffy sugar-pop melodies ("Contagious," "The Best Damn Thing") delivering far more spunk rock than punk rock. --Denise SheppardSee all Product description
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I Can Do Better - Possibly the worst song on the album, sounds a lot like Girlfriend. However the song is still catchy and isn't one that you need to skip through. 7/10
Runaway - Reminds me a lot of the old Avril songs, great chorus and verses. 10/10
The Best Damn Thing - I love the way the lyrics just flow in this song and how Avril sings about how happy she and how her "Cinderella story scene" has come true. 10/10
When You're Gone - The most beautiful song i've heard in a long time, the lyrics are really truthful and are sung perfectly. MUST HEAR! 10/10
Everything Back But You - Good upbeat song which follows perfectly lifting the album after When You're Gone. 8/10
Hot - Hailed as one of the greatest songs on the album, I beg to differ there are much better songs on this album. However it is still brilliant :D 9/10
Innocence - Made me cry! 10/10
I Don't Have To Try - Another fantastic song that keeps the album going from strength to strength. Lyrics are a bit poor compared to other songs but excellent nonetheless. 9/10
One Of Those Girls - I love the verses on this song, really good hooks :D 9/10
Contagious - My favourite song on the album, shame it isn't longer. 10/10
Keep Holding On - This song brings a nice clean ending to the album and finishes perfectly. 9/10
In the couple of years since she released "Under My Skin", Avril Lavigne has left the teenage bracket of her life, become a twentysomething and become somebody's wife. So naturally one would expect any future endeavours to be slightly more mature; something that attempts to move away and upward from the "aggressive-teen-angsty" gimmick that she originally used to sell herself with. "The Best Damn Thing", very unfortunately, does not do this.
The single that has been released as the representative of this album is "Girlfriend", which, although catchy, is reminiscent of something Lolly would have released. And regrettably, about a third of the album continues this style of song - upbeat, jumpy, poppy, annoying. It's not totally awful, but it's just not Avril; although, by the amount she actually uses this style, you'd think she wants you to think that this IS Avril - or at least the future of Avril. When you first hear the album's title track "The Best Damn Thing" you truly think that the producers accidentally put "Hey Mickey" onto the CD. Although I must admit, whereas before I would skip this one immediately, when I gave it a chance it actually proved to be an ok track. But it's still just not Avril - and I am dreading the quite likely moment when she decides to release this one next.
She redeems herself though with gems that are hidden amongst the folly, in the form of the slower, gentler tracks - namely "When You're Gone", "Innocence" and "Keep Holding On", which are reminiscent of "I'm With You" and really are affecting.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Avrils best album to date looked everywhere for explicit version in uk couldnt find it, arrived securly packaged listened to it on repeat deffo recommendPublished 8 months ago by Angie
I just Love this! Avril is an amazing singer and this is one of her best albums. Hell, this is probably the best damn thing you will ever listen to d:Published 11 months ago by Aniq Ahsan
Bought for my Grandaughter for Christmas, she was thrilled. Just what she wanted.Published 15 months ago by annie