Avril Lavigne’s Pop Report Card: We Grade Her 5 Albums

Nov 28th, 2013 // 4 Comments

This Thanksgiving, it’s Avril’s world, and we’re just writing about it. After winning our Pop Star Poll earlier this month on who should take over the site this holiday, we now bring you all that is Lavigne.

As Canadians around the world awaken, snarling and raising black-nail-polished middle fingers to the breaking of another Abbey Dawn, they feel an irresistible urge deep within their maple syrup-soaked veins: all hail our motherf***ing princess!

No, not Basic Middleton: the people’s true princess: Avril Ramona Lavigne, who began her reign in 2002 and just this month released her self-titled fifth album.

As liquid eyeliner stockholders rejoice at her return to the charts, let’s grade each of her studio sets to see how La Lavigne scores on Idolator’s Pop Report Card. Flip through the gallery above to see Avril’s scholastic aptitude thus far!


  1. @LukealiciousX
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    Er, I don’t quite agree with whoever write this “review” grading her albums. Whatever you’re trying to bring across is not translating very clearly to the reader, and additionally is leaving questionable remarks. You are not truly “grading” her albums about how they represent themselves and what they have to offer, rather instead by unneeded connections to other artists. This is not relevant due to this is about Avril, not someone else.

    Additionally, each of Avrils’ albums present a different style of her through her life. Starting with her young self in 2002, and advancing to 2013 with all the life experiences she’s made and who she has become each year. “Let Go” is not too much comparable as it was her first album, “Under My Skin” is a darker album as it deals more with emotions and feelings, “The Best Damn Thing” is much lighter and pointed towards energy, “Goodbye Lullaby” both personal yet peppy, and finally “Avril Lavinge” which is a very personal and self-relevant to Avril as she’s addressing herself though these songs.

    I suggest to rewrite your “reviews” for what each album really has to offer due to what it stands for and get rid of the unnecessary “fluff” that is currently there.


  2. Sean
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    ^ Haha this guy

  3. doug
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    umm why does she still release albums?

  4. Pop Report Card: Avril Lavigne
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    Avril Lavigne is a girl who knows what she wants. And when it came to writing her eagerly awaited third album, The Best Damn Thing, she had one very clear goal in mind: To make it fun. While touring in 2004 for her last album, Under My Skin, which sold more than 8 million copies worldwide, the Canadian-born punk-pop dynamo found that her favorite songs to play were the faster, more up-tempo songs, so she resolved to make a record that captured the kind of high-spirited, full-throttle energy that she loved to unleash on-stage.

    The Best Damn Thing is brimming with gutsy guitar riffs, instantaneously catchy sing-along party-starting choruses, power pop punk, and rebellious rock ‘n’ roll attitude. It’s a marked departure from the darker, more introspective tone of Under My Skin, and on tracks such as the defiant, riotous, kiss-off-to-a-cheating-boyfriend Everything Back But You, Avril took pleasure in creating scenarios for her lyrics that weren’t, as she says, “straight out of my diary.” The result is a collection of songs that reveal just how far she’s evolved as a songwriter and singer, from the sassy, empowering I Can Do Better (one of Avril’s personal favorites) to the irrepressible first single Girlfriend, which unexpectedly combines a hip-hop beat with beefy power chords, hand-claps, and a chanted girl-group-style chorus with a punk rock twist, to the emotional ballad Keep Holding On, which she wrote at the request of 20th Century Fox for the studio’s fantasy/adventure film Eragon.

    As an artist with a keen and well-trained ear for powerful, magnetic pop melodies, Avril was intensely involved in every aspect of The Best Damn Thing’s creation: From being fiercely independent while writing her own songs (“I didn’t have an A&R guy on this record,” she emphasizes. “I knew exactly how I wanted it to sound”), to choosing her producers and musical collaborators, to obsessively going back and tweaking guitar tones and drumbeats in the studio, she worked hard to ensure that it would be her best record yet.

    The album features the production skills of Butch Walker (who has also produced The Donnas, American Hi-Fi, and Avril’s second album, Under My Skin), Dr. Luke (Pink, Lady Sovereign), Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Goo Goo Dolls), and her husband Deryck Whibley (from Sum 41). The process turned out to be a blast: “I didn’t know making a record could be so fun,” she says. She was eager to work with her good friend Butch again, as she says, “What’s great about Butch is that he’s a talented artist as well as being an incredible producer.” And about collaborating with Dr. Luke, she adds, “Luke and I had a really good connection and chemistry.” The relaxed atmosphere in the studio comes across in the songs themselves. Avril’s laughter rings out in I Can Do Better, and in Girlfriend you can hear her, she says, “playing a beer bottle” (by blowing into it) in the last few choruses.

    Four of the songs on The Best Damn Thing, Innocence, Hot, One of Those Girls, and Contagious were co-written with Avril’s former bandmate Evan Taubenfeld. “Evan is one of my best friends in the world,” she says, affectionately. “He’s been with me since day one”.

    Of course, all of the spiky, buoyant energy that drives the album will come to life in the live show that Avril is planning for her tour later this year—she has assembled a new band, and is even bringing along two dancers (“I’m doing choreographed dancing for the first time ever,” she grins. “It’s going to be such a blast”).

    A great deal has happened in Avril Lavigne’s life since she released her debut album, Let Go, in 2002, when she was 17 years old. That album snagged 8 Grammy nominations and four Juno Awards (including Album of the Year and New Artist of the Year), spawned the anthemic hit singles “Complicated,” “Sk8ter Boy,” and “I’m With You,” and sold more than 16 million copies world-wide. Under My Skin cemented the Napanee, Ontario native’s superstardom, entering U.S., Canadian, and U.K. charts at #1, unleashing smash singles “Don’t Tell Me” and “My Happy Ending,” and collecting three more Juno Awards along the way. In 2006, Avril married Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley and branched out into acting, appearing in Richard Linklater’s Fast Food Nation and lending her voice to Dreamworks’ animated film Over the Hedge.

    She may be a bit more sophisticated these days, but she’s still peerless, and still fearless. The Best Damn Thing is Avril Lavigne at a new stage in her life; she’s passed through the shadows of teen angst and emerged in a spotlight, ready to have fun and rock out and yes, even dance. It is, just as she intended, the best damn thing she’s ever done.

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