Under My Skin - Avril Lavigne
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Universal acclaim- based on 191 Ratings

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  • Summary: Ditching the production team (The Matrix) who made her first album a hit, Lavigne turned to fellow Canadians Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida to write and produce this sophomore disc.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Under My Skin gets generic at times, but that's why it works.
  2. An altogether more satisfying supply of air punching, stadium sized choruses. [Jun 2004, p.103]
  3. 80
    She has deepened and darkened her sound without sacrificing her platinum-plated melodies. [#27, p.141]
  4. There's little subtlety on "Under My Skin," and... absolutely no fear of clichés. But on the emotionally fraught battleground that is high-school romance, perhaps those would be frills. [16 May 2004]
  5. A good, if slightly disappointing, follow-up.
  6. Under My Skin is a bit awkward, sometimes sounding tentative and unsure, sometimes clicking and surging on Avril's attitude and ambition.
  7. The music is so anodyne that you don't pay much attention to Lavigne's lyrics. This proves to be a small mercy: examination of the CD booklet reveals that prolonged exposure to her words could leave a previously healthy adult rocking backwards and forwards in a foetal ball.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 76
  2. Negative: 7 out of 76
  1. NormanG.
    Oct 26, 2007
    10
    Personally I think this is her best debut album B/c it contains varios kinds of songs and its deep.
  2. nayanatara
    Jul 22, 2006
    10
    the bst love it love it love it!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. ad
    Jun 24, 2004
    10
    excellent what the hell do the ppl who gave it 0 know. i love it shes brilliant.
  4. Mar 11, 2012
    10
    This is my favorite Avril album because it's so dark, but then again it's so emotional. This is one of those albums I could praise for hours.This is my favorite Avril album because it's so dark, but then again it's so emotional. This is one of those albums I could praise for hours. I recommend it to everyone. Expand
  5. Sep 24, 2014
    9
    Her best album released until now, and this album was released a long time ago. I like every song, from the beginning to the end. I won't everHer best album released until now, and this album was released a long time ago. I like every song, from the beginning to the end. I won't ever forget "My Happy Ending" Expand
  6. RandyB
    Apr 2, 2005
    8
    Not exactly the best cd I think she is capable of, and of course there are so many Na-nas that I wonder if she just ran out of things to say. Not exactly the best cd I think she is capable of, and of course there are so many Na-nas that I wonder if she just ran out of things to say. But it completely trumps 'Let Go', which listening to it now is rather bland. I like the direction that Avril took with this, and for those who would say she turned depressed, well, people go through shit. It would be BORING to have someone's writing be so perky all the time. 'under my skin' does have its flaws, but there are not enough of them to discredit its artist's powerhouse vocals and greatly improved sound. Expand
  7. jamesl
    May 25, 2004
    0
    man she just sounds bad! there is so much hype but the songs are all the same worst lyricis i've heard for years

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