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Avril Lavigne - Under My Skin

Kaj Roth Format: Album
Year: 2004
Label: Arista
Genre: Modern Rock
Producer: Don Gilmore, Butch Walker, Raine Maida
Artist discography


Sk8er girl Avril Lavigne has a lot to prove on her follow up album to the mega successful "Let go" from 2002,this time she?s not working with Clif Magness and the hit making team of The Matrix-Avril has teamed up with the Real Madrid of music on the new album "Under my skin" or what do you say about producers Don Gilmore,Butch Walker and Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace?!,a real superteam you could call them.
Avril has also worked with songwriter Ben Moody (former guitarist of Evanescence) as well as Butch Walker and Raine Maida who both contributed with one song each.
Most of the songs on the new album is written together with her guitarplayer Evan Taubenfeld and her idol Chantal Kreviazuk,when I felt the debut was a bit too light and directed to the younger crowd (my 11 daughter is a big fan) but also predicted in my review that it had great hit potential (glad to see I was right)-I was hoping for a more rocking album this time and Avril also promised that so is she rocking more this time?
Well yes in some way because the new album is more guitardriven but the songs doesn?t feel as direct as the hits from her debut were,"He wasn?t" is an attempt of making a new "Sk8er Boi" but "He wasn?t" only feels like minor good imitation.
19 year old Avril Lavigne has really found her style of Alanis influenced rock which is very recognizable on most of the songs on "Under my skin",her fans will ofcourse approve of the new album and the record label will milk out a few more hit singles.
Uptempo tracks like "Take me away" and "Freak out" or radio flirting songs like "Together","How does it feel" and "My happy ending" are all hummable but oh so predictable,even "Who knows" sounds too much alike the super hit "Complicated",I expected more from great songwriters like Butch Walker,Ben Moody and Raine Maida.
Avril has recorded a "VERY SAFE" album,let?s just hope she wants to be more adventurous on the next album and ofcourse maintain the more rocking style she has on "Under my skin".

Tracklisting 1. Take Me Away
2. Together
3. Don't Tell Me
4. He Wasn't
5. How Does It Feel
6. My Happy Ending
7. Nobody's Home
8. Forgotten
9. Who Knows
10. Fall To Pieces
11. Freak Out
12. Slipped Away
13. I Always Get What I Want
1. Losing Grip
2. Complicated
3. Sk8er Boi
4. I'm With You
5. Mobile
6. Unwanted
7. Tomorrow
8. Anything But Ordinary
9. Things I'll Never Say
10. My World
11. Nobody's Fool
12. Too Much To Ask
13. Naked


Melodic Net Comments 

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A little to quick on the keyboard there... it?s of course Clif Magness

Kaj, after I red your review on Avril?s debut album, I have to say that I agree with Matt. I was nearly shocked of how off youre mark you were on that one. To say that there is plenty of female artists that dous this better than her, does not seem fare either, since all other female artists in the same genre has tried (without any luck) to copy her. Her debut album were brilliant and Cliff Maness did a magnificent job, along with The Matrix. In my oppinion they created a new sounscape that has been copied by numerous producers and engineers since then, to a point that it?s now a dated sound. Most of the songs were brilliant pop songs that appeald to millions, not only kids or teens but people like myself that were teens in the mid 80s. Her second album, now that is a different story, I can agree a little more with you on that., but that is easy to do, when you have her debut in hindsight.

Avril is not a bad artist, she?s just being way too over rated in this business where there are plenty of other female rockers that does this better.

Maybe you shouldn?t be reviewing Avril? Because I think you were off the mark on both of her albums.

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