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  • Summary: The fifth full-length studio release for the Canadian pop singer features songs co-written with her husband, Chad Kroeger of Nickelback.
  • Record Label: Epic
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. 83
    The irresistibly zippy, perceptive and, on two (possibly three) occasions, deeply weird Avril Lavigne reminds us that maturity sometimes means doubling down on what’s expected of you.
  2. Nov 4, 2013
    82
    For the most part, Lavigne's fifth full-length encapsulates everything worth loving about the 29-year-old's long-running artistry.
  3. Nov 5, 2013
    70
    It is basically the quintessential Avril Lavigne record, featuring the soaring choruses and melodies that made us fall in love with her over the past ten years, as well as the silly (and sometimes stupid) quirks that range from endearing to flat out annoying.
  4. Nov 4, 2013
    60
    As a collection of songs, this eponymous effort goes a long way to restore the singer to her rightful place as purveyor of some of the most carefree, feelgood pop around.
  5. It’s not going to be a new favorite album for anyone other than Avril Lavigne’s most ardent admirers, but a handful of great summer mixtape songs and a few other exercises in mindless pop fun are still enough to make Avril Lavigne the eponymous singer’s best record in nine years. That might not be saying much, but it's a step in the right direction.
  6. Nov 8, 2013
    60
    This bratty nostalgia trip is the best thing she's done in years.
  7. Nov 7, 2013
    20
    The most listenable song is the Chavril duet Let Me Go, which has zero of either musician’s “edge” and a whole lot of adult contemporary schmaltz.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Nov 5, 2013
    10
    Pop perfection. Avril Lavigne brings out the best of the artist who doesn't want to grow up... but she did. And she's trying some new thingsPop perfection. Avril Lavigne brings out the best of the artist who doesn't want to grow up... but she did. And she's trying some new things like EDM music and hard rock. Though if feels a little "all over the place", the album is certainly one of the most genuine in Avril's career. It is easily one (if not the one) of the best records of the year. It's a shame we won't get to see it topping the charts. Congratulations, Avril! Expand
  2. Nov 16, 2013
    10
    "Avril Lavigne" is the space between the new and the nostalgic, the risk and insurance, the different and the weird, nothing would set better"Avril Lavigne" is the space between the new and the nostalgic, the risk and insurance, the different and the weird, nothing would set better this album than the fact of being self-tilted. It's totally Avril Lavigne and all its sides.
    There's a real maturity here, just wondering and wanting to see.
    After all what it is to be mature? Become another person? Run from who you've always been to please others? Think about it!
    One of the best pop albums of the year, particularly my favorite one.
    You need to hear: "Give You What You Like", "Bad Girl", "Hello Heartache", "Falling Fast" and "Hush Hush". Love or hate: "Hello Kitty".
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  3. Nov 8, 2013
    10
    Avril Lavigne always Give Us What We Want..again, she's back with another flawless album. It is worth the price we pay for it. The albumAvril Lavigne always Give Us What We Want..again, she's back with another flawless album. It is worth the price we pay for it. The album definitely satisfy our thirst with 13 undeniable tracks especially "Hush Hush", "Bad Girl", "Hello Kitty", "You Ain't See Nothing Yet", Sippin' On The Sunshine", "17" & "Hello Heartache". All of these are not the released singles. This mean that Avril Lavigne is an album that consist of 100% potential #1 songs. Expand
  4. Jun 12, 2014
    9
    Nov 15, 2013 - I am a huge fan of Avril Lavigne and this album is very good....really exceptional. It has all the ingredients to make a greatNov 15, 2013 - I am a huge fan of Avril Lavigne and this album is very good....really exceptional. It has all the ingredients to make a great album but i don't know why it isn't getting the recognition it deserves from critics and the general public. The songs range from pop to hard rock to EDM and Avril sounds really good throughout the whole album. After listening to it a couple of times i can truly say that it is one of the best albums of 2013. Expand
  5. Nov 8, 2013
    9
    The album is actually really showing its varieties, I hope that many songs are enjoyed in good shape. None of the music disappointed, but IThe album is actually really showing its varieties, I hope that many songs are enjoyed in good shape. None of the music disappointed, but I felt a lot of differences as the very said. Songs like Hush Hush & Give You What You Like has a good sound, hope she knows enjoy them. Expand
  6. Feb 16, 2014
    8
    It's been twelve years since Avril burst onto the music scene, and since then, the landscape has changed dramatically, with Katy Perry,It's been twelve years since Avril burst onto the music scene, and since then, the landscape has changed dramatically, with Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Kesha adding their own chapters in mainstream music. With the release of her fifth studio album, Lavigne hopes to spearhead herself to the forefront once again, and musically at least, she poses a compelling case. Regardless of negative reviews, ( 'Now magazine's review was horribly empty, devoid of any meaningful track reviews) 'Avril Lavigne' succeeds in delivering her signature sound, mixed with curious experiments. The opening track, 'Rock n Roll', is nothing short of mind-blowing. Turn it up, and you will be rewarded with the kind of relentless optimism and catchiness that fans have come to expect from the franco-canadian songstress, while 'Here's to Never Growing Up' provides one of the best choruses of her career, instantly assaulting the senses with nostalgic memories of her 'Let Go' era. While on the subject of looking back, '17' takes this theme literally, cloaked with summertime happiness, providing what is sure to be 2014's summer anthem. You will have already drawn conclusions towards the Chad Kreoger-assisted 'Let Me Go', but for the most part, it provides compelling instrumentation paired with the pair of voices that have collectedly sold 95 million albums. 'Bad Girl' and 'Hello Kitty', the most dramatic changes in this album, deliver heavy beats, with power chords and EDM dub-step, respectively.More than anything else, it is these two tracks that may hint on Ms. lavigne's future releases.
    Perhaps more than anything else, the final three tracks prove that the artist that provided the landmark 'I'm With You' is here to stay. 'Hello Heartache' and 'Falling Fast' are polar opposites, yet both succeed instantaneously, aided by Avril's crisp, beautifully bittersweet lyrics.
    Unfortunately, 'Avril Lavigne' has failed to make an impact in many countries, with only 125,000 and 28,000 albums sold in the USA and the UK, respectively. Many of today's artists can manage these sales in the first week of release. Japan, however, continues to support her, with more than 161,000 copies sold thus far within that region, on the verge of Platinum certification. It does not matter about sales, if you love music, you listen to what you love, and 'Avril Lavigne' provides the kind of music many people will carry with them forever more, if only the public gave this Album a chance. Whether or not this occurs remains to be seen, but buried within the album's artwork lies Avril's most complete album yet.
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  7. Apr 25, 2014
    0
    The most listenable song is the Chavril duet Let Me Go, which has zero of either musician’s “edge” and a whole lot of adult contemporaryThe most listenable song is the Chavril duet Let Me Go, which has zero of either musician’s “edge” and a whole lot of adult contemporary schmaltz. Expand

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