The Best Damn Thing - Avril Lavigne
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 247 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 125
  2. Negative: 36 out of 125
  1. May 11, 2012
    9
    Lavigne's first two albums seemed to be more about her trying to prove herself as a musician, while 'The Best Damn Thing' is much moreLavigne's first two albums seemed to be more about her trying to prove herself as a musician, while 'The Best Damn Thing' is much more playful. The lead single and first track on the album, "Girlfriend", pretty much sets the tone for the album; girly, aggressive, fun, confident. Not every song shares its brattiness though, with "One Of Those Girls" acting as a "Sk8er Boi" part 2 and "Contagious" being a cutesy song about a crush. There are even a couple of mellow moments with the second single, "When You're Gone", being a gutsy ballad, allowing Lavigne to showcase both her improved vocals and improved lyrical ability. Lavigne's lyrics however, while an improvement on her previous efforts, still come short on some songs with the lyrics of "Innocence" failing to cleverly describe the intriguing state of bliss Lavigne bluntly calls "brilliant". Similarly, "Hot" and "I Don't Have To Try" keep up with the aggressive theme but choose obvious, predictable rhyming over creative songwriting. It's a brilliantly fun, energetic album, adding another dimension to Lavigne's trademark pop-rock sound she's been building throughout her career and in her seemingly relaxed approach to writing this album she proves herself to be the authentic rocker that she tried (and failed) to be with her first two albums. Full Review »
  2. Aug 5, 2011
    5
    An average album created for average music fans that satisfies your ears with some beautiful and catchy songwriting for a small percentage ofAn average album created for average music fans that satisfies your ears with some beautiful and catchy songwriting for a small percentage of the time, but remove these efforts and you have nothing more than a bad teenage album from an artist who just needs to, at times, grow up. The potential is present, but potential feels somewhat lazy by album number three. Full Review »
  3. Jun 17, 2011
    6
    1st post AHHHHHHHHHHH =)

    If you liked the albums Let Go or Under My Skin then there is a good chance you wont like this album. Avril
    1st post AHHHHHHHHHHH =)

    If you liked the albums Let Go or Under My Skin then there is a good chance you wont like this album. Avril Lavigne's 3rd album, The Best Damn Thing is in many ways a bold one. Avril really does throw away her Pop punk rift's and melody's produces something a bit more glamorise and I hate to use this word but 'mainstream'. To be honest this album really did disappoint me, saying that, there is no doubt in my mind that this is a good album. The thing is, it's just not why I listen to Avril. That's okay though because this album is sure to capture a whole new audience. ARGH I'M GETTING LOST!

    To the point...
    I thought this album had some great beats such as Girlfriend, The Best Damn Thing, Everything Back But You and I Don't Have To Try, It also delivers some emotional drainage that you expect with an Lavinge album with the songs 'When You're Gone', 'Innocence',' Keep Holding On'. Although I enjoyed 'When You're Gone' I though 'Keep Holding On' was nothing but mediocre and 'Innocence' just made me **** angry =( To summarise, the album is probably not what anyone expected but it actually takes nothing away from the album. This is a relatively good, fun, POP album.
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