Good news for all you Peter Pan complexes roaming the land out there: Avril Lavigne is back, and she’s pulled a youthful, if not slightly familiar-sounding, anthem called “Here’s To Never Growing Up” out of her Abbey Dawn cap! With the song being released today and steadily climbing up the iTunes chart (currently it’s at #25), we thought it was the perfect time to go snooping around the Internet and seeing what others have to say about the future Mrs. Kroeger‘s comeback jam.
Head below to see our roundup of reviews for Avril’s new single.
:: MTV Buzzworthy quips, “The first single from her as-yet-untitled fifth album, ‘Here’s To Never Growing Up’ features the pop rocker singing about basking in the glow of youth (and she probably doesn’t mean by using copious amounts of Botox — no judgements!).”
:: PopJustice raves, “Who would have guessed that Avril Lavigne would deliver one of the 2013′s most incredible choruses?”
:: Vulture offers up this zinger: “Enough about Chavril — it’s time for plain old Chad Kroeger-less Avril Lavigne to do her thing again. Except her thing, on new single ‘Here’s to Never Growing Up,’ feels oddly redolent of Ke$ha (the auto-tune, the insistent THIS IS AN ANTHEM!! feel), Miley Cyrus (the Radiohead mention subbing in for the Jay-Z nod in ‘Party in the U.S.A.’), and Rita Ora’s ‘How We Do (Party)’ (everything about the song). And it’ll still get stuck in your head no matter how you break it down. Proceed with caution.”
:: Likewise, HitFix‘s Melinda Newman warns, “Avril Lavigne’s new single ‘Here’s To Never Growing Up’ may reference Radiohead in its first line, but the act it most recalls is Ke$ha. The sing-songy track, built around a big, kick-drum stomp, sounds like a cross between the Tik-Tok singer and the arena hands-in-the-air, acoustic-guitar-strumming, simple-minded tunes crafted by Nickelback’s leader, Chad Kroeger, who just happens to be a co-writer on the song and Lavigne’s fiance. Throw in a little dose of ‘Girlfriend’s’ attitude and call it a day.”
:: Entertainment Weekly calls “Here’s to Never Growing Up” a “classic drinking tune, an anthemic shout-along about railing against the onset of maturity in favor of telling people ‘Yeah, whatever’ and screaming Radiohead tunes.”
:: Fuse is into it, as well: “The song’s anthemic, pop-rock sound reminds us of fun.’s ‘We Are Young.’ And like that ubiquitous No. 1 song, we can imagine the track (and especially the ‘woahs’ in the hook) being shouted by the youth and adults who can’t deny its catchiness.”
:: Sugarscape sums it up with this: “It’s not as good as ‘Sk8er Boi’ but it’s alright and fun and stuff.”