Under My Skin - Avril Lavigne
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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.
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  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. A good, if slightly disappointing, follow-up.
  5. So, we have a maturing Ms Lavigne, distancing herself from the teen antics of her "Let Go" debut, but struggling to find any stories worth telling save for boyfriend trouble and dead grandparents.
  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: 62 out of 72
  2. Negative: 7 out of 72
  1. Nov 1, 2013
    10
    Once again, she created an album where every track is amazing in their own way. Freak Out and My Happy Ending are probably the two best which one did hit the top ten of billboards and the other probably would have if it had been released. All the vocals and music are beautifully done and the songs flow perfectly into each other. Expand
  2. Dec 29, 2011
    10
    I certainly feel that this is one of her best albums. I enjoy the beat of the music, but mostly I love listening to the words. Not at all depressing, and they describe mostly images of heartbreak, hopelessness and especially loss, but she puts it as tastefully as she can. When describing things like that, sometimes you just need to let out all your emotions, which she does perfectly. Her voice is beautiful and crystal clear, and I just love listening to her. What I love about her songs is that it is often easy to conjure up images in reality, which gives it more feeling. One of my favourite songs off of this album is 'Slipped Away', as it is so touching and tear-jerking. A brilliant singer that deserves the best possible in the world. Expand
  3. Jan 6, 2011
    10
    Pra mim, não existe álbum melhor ou pior da Avril e esse é ótimo!
    Apesar de que a melhor
    música se encontra neste: Nobody's Home concerteza !
    A Avril veio para este trabalho com o estilo mais sombrio e dramático que agradou a maioria, concerteza é um ótimo sucessor de Let Go!
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  4. Mar 13, 2012
    10
    Excellent album by Avril (What less could we expect frm her!). Loved the mellowed down songs ... really beautiful and amazing. I love the way she has purged the weight of sadness and regret to prepare herself for the next steps forward. Expand
  5. Nov 1, 2011
    9
    Unlike their first album, 'Under My Skin "shows an Avril, but perhaps more somber and serious, nonchalant fashion without talking about music and get lost inside and breakup, Avril is renewed again and manages to captivate us. Expand
  6. Mar 13, 2011
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Avril comes more ROCK than never in her second album. Just one song is can be really called POP, the funny 'He Wasn't that makes anyone to remember 'Sk8er Boy' from ''Let Go". The CD is full of guitars and some parts of piano and it goes from the first track until the last. This is a good work, with some errors as 'Freak Out' but with a few perfect songs as 'Nobody's Home' and 'Forgotten' Expand
  7. May 15, 2012
    6
    'Under My Skin' is a firm fan-favourite with Lavigne providing the perfect soundtrack for every pre-teen girl who has somehow been wronged. It is unsurprising then that pretty much every song on the album is about breaking up with your boyfriend, perhaps because he's pressuring you into sex or because he doesn't open doors for you or tell you that you're special. That becomes Lavigne's main weakness; she seems to be desperate to show us that she's a capable songwriter but she doesn't have many stories worth telling - even when she does, such as in "Slipped Away", a song about her grandfather who died, her lyrics fail to produce anything other than a basic, clumsy list of emotions ('I miss you so bad, I don't forget you, oh it's so sad'). There are a few lyrical highlights, especially in "My Happy Ending", but ultimately it's the production and vocal delivery that really makes this album shine, with Lavigne ambitiously (and quite desperately) merging together heavy rock guitars with golden pop melodies. Each song has been so expertly produced and so well thought out that it's a shame that the lyrics don't quite do them justice. Despite this, 'Under My Skin' has clearly had a lot of effort put into it and songs like "Fall To Pieces", "Together" and "Nobody's Home" definitely deserve a listen (if you can overlook her bland rhyming of 'home' with 'home')! Expand

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