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If you were ever a prepubescent rock ‘n roll rebel, if you ever begged your mom to let you streak your hair with a florescent color, if your prince charming ever turned into a Sk8er Boi, then you probably had an Avril Lavigne phase.
Get ready to don those rubber bangles up to your elbow again as Avril steps back into the spotlight with her new self-titled album, Avril Lavigne, which was released Nov. 1. Is this Lavigne’s comeback, or is the generation who knew and loved the rock princess back in the early 2000s simply over her? Avril Lavigne might not be radical enough to give Lavigne a fresh start.
My guess is that Avril Lavigne might not be radical enough to give Lavigne a fresh start. The album places her back into the washed-up category that she was in after her 2011 album, The Goodbye Lullaby, proved unsuccessful.
Like many comeback albums, Lavigne chose to name this album after herself in order to signify self and sound discovery. In the album she finds a balance between the now nostalgically defiant edginess from her teen albums and sing-along pop music from her more recent releases. Songs like “Rock N Roll,” “Here’s to Never Growing Up,” and “Let Me Go” featuring Lavigne’s husband and Nickelback lead singer, Chad Kroeger, all sound like Lavigne’s old romantically rebellious songs like “I’m With You” and “Fall to Pieces.”
Lavigne sports some pop songs on her new album as well. Songs “Hello Kitty,” “17,” and “Sippin’ on Sunshine” are upbeat and karaoke material.
There are a few songs that feature new additions to Lavigne’s sound. One song that is particularly intriguing is “Bad Girl” featuring Marilyn Manson. The song is a throwback to the old Runaways album, Queen of Noise, where Joan Jett gave us the sultry rock song “California Paradise.”
This new side of Lavigne might be due to with her recent marriage to Chad Kroeger back in July. Although one of her new album’s most popular songs is “Here’s to Never Growing Up,” it cannot be disputed that this symbol of teenage rebellion is actually maturing.
Additionally, Lavigne’s punky tomboy style disappeared with her most recent milestone as she wore a burgundy cocktail dress to her album’s launch party on Nov. 5. The dress went past her knees and to top it all off had a big bow near the bust. Not necessarily the crazy punk fashion that coincided with Let Go and Under My Skin.
Although this newfound maturity in Lavigne isn’t what her oldest fans crave, it is notable that a few songs on Avril Lavigne pay homage to her old rebellious and crazy self. Her “Sk8er Boi” days are indeed behind her and things are no longer as “Complicated.” As followers of her younger years, all fans can do is not relive the past and listen to Lavigne’s future.