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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: 67 out of 79
  2. Negative: 7 out of 79
  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. AndyH
    Apr 22, 2007
    10
    Great pop album with catchy hooks. Puts a smile on my face.
  3. ad
    Jun 24, 2004
    10
    excellent what the hell do the ppl who gave it 0 know. i love it shes brilliant.
  4. Apr 26, 2012
    10
    A lot of the songs on Under My Skin are darker, and deal with darker topics: death, rape,, suicide, sex, love, etc. It still holds a lot ofA lot of the songs on Under My Skin are darker, and deal with darker topics: death, rape,, suicide, sex, love, etc. It still holds a lot of teenage angst, but it does show her maturity range. She has a great voice on this album. Expand
  5. May 9, 2015
    9
    To date, it is Avril Lavigne's best album. Released by RCA Records in 2004, the album features a more mature image than Let Go (2002) with aTo date, it is Avril Lavigne's best album. Released by RCA Records in 2004, the album features a more mature image than Let Go (2002) with a variety of moods such as Angry, sad, relationships, break ups and how a typical teenager would feel. I also love the appearance Lavigne makes on this album, more grown-up and darker, but it is a little similar er-or inspired by Amy Lee of Evanescence whom released Fallen a year ago. My highlights of the album are "Take Me Away", "Don't Tell Me", "My Happy Ending", "Nobody's Home", "Fall to Pieces", "Freak Out", and "Slipped Away". The standout tracks of the album are "Fall to Pieces" and "Nobody's Home", overall the album is agreeably one of the best albums of the 2000s decade. Expand
  6. Joey
    Dec 27, 2005
    8
    This is a cool album. It's a bit more punky than 'let go' but that's a good thing. I've heard people saying Avril This is a cool album. It's a bit more punky than 'let go' but that's a good thing. I've heard people saying Avril sings rock music - sorry Av, but you're 100%pure pop!!!!! The album is great though. The songs are great and full of feeling - very catchy ***** 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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