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  • Summary: The first full-length studio release in over five years for the Canadian pop-rock artist features a guest appearance from Nicki Minaj.
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Souvenir
[Intro] Yeah yeah, yeah yeah Yeah yeah, yeah yeah, yeah yeah Yeah yeah, yeah yeah Yeah yeah, yeah yeah, yeah yeah [Verse 1] Say, say what you want,... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Feb 15, 2019
    70
    "Tell Me It's Over" sways with echoes of a '50s slow dance, "Crush" is so light it floats into the stratosphere, and "Bigger Wow" swells with strings reminiscent of vintage Vanessa Carlton. Such moments provide a needed contrast to the motivational ones while also connecting to Lavigne's bubblegum roots, a move that makes the overall maturation of the album feel earned.
  2. Feb 15, 2019
    70
    Overall, Head Above Water is a collection of eclectic tracks and done well this could make for an element of surprise that keeps your ears perked in anticipation. Here, however, it makes for sonic inconsistencies that leaves you dissatisfied, wanting the bigger and better things that Avril is definitely capable of.
  3. 60
    Lavigne might not have found a musical identity that truly becomes her, but Head Above Water is an effective, and occasionally affecting, album.
  4. Feb 15, 2019
    50
    The Lavigne heard at the beginning of the record is almost an entirely different person by the end; the hard part is figuring out which part you like more.
  5. Feb 16, 2019
    44
    These slightly above average hooks/melodies deserve better. I deserve better. So tell me it’s over.
  6. Feb 14, 2019
    40
    The problem with the album’s dabblings in chart pop à la Taylor Swift (Souvenir, Goddess, Bigger Wow) and post-Amy Winehouse retro-soul (Tell Me It’s Over) isn’t that the songs are poor, or that Lavigne can’t manage the stylistic shifts. It’s more that she doesn’t impose herself on them--they could be by anyone.
  7. Feb 27, 2019
    40
    She’s become her own worst nightmare – boring.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 194
  1. Jun 25, 2020
    10
    Ícone aclamado.........Todos estamos orgulhosos de você Avril lavigne....... Obrigado por me fazer feliz com essas faixas de destruirÍcone aclamado.........Todos estamos orgulhosos de você Avril lavigne....... Obrigado por me fazer feliz com essas faixas de destruir corações........ Eu te amo. Seu jeito, sua personalidade, coração... ...É tudo pra mim. Bj. Sua fã desde 2007 Expand
  2. Feb 15, 2019
    10
    Um álbum maravilhoso, valeu muito a pena esperar, mancada da The Guardian por essa nota baixíssima, ela não tem culpa que esse jornaleco táUm álbum maravilhoso, valeu muito a pena esperar, mancada da The Guardian por essa nota baixíssima, ela não tem culpa que esse jornaleco tá falindo, amo a aclamação da fada e o ódio dos haters. Hayley loosho puta fracassadah Expand
  3. Feb 15, 2019
    10
    This album is so good, Devil and Birdie are perfect, just as the rest of the album.
  4. Feb 15, 2019
    10
    May be her best work.
    Powerful, meaningful and vocally a masterpiece. Lavigne reinvented herself to popular music scenary, but hasn't lose
    May be her best work.
    Powerful, meaningful and vocally a masterpiece. Lavigne reinvented herself to popular music scenary, but hasn't lose her own style. The position of every song in this album is extremely pleaseful and don't tires us. So good.
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  5. Feb 16, 2019
    10
    Álbum maravilhoso ,mostra a evolução dela como cantora e é um álbum profundo e nas mais sentimentais dá para sentir pelo oque ela passouÁlbum maravilhoso ,mostra a evolução dela como cantora e é um álbum profundo e nas mais sentimentais dá para sentir pelo oque ela passou nesses últimos tempos com a doença de Lyme Expand
  6. Feb 15, 2019
    10
    This album has a different sound from everything Avril Lavigne has released previously. A more mature sound, more worked lyrics and betterThis album has a different sound from everything Avril Lavigne has released previously. A more mature sound, more worked lyrics and better produced songs. Lavigne shows her vocal potential more clearly during the 12 tracks on the album. I have no words to describe how incredible that work was done by her. But it's just perfect. In fact she put up with all the waiting for the release. Expand
  7. Jan 6, 2020
    0
    As a long time "original" fan (loved her first three albums, the sounds were godly imo), I couldn't have been more disappointed with theAs a long time "original" fan (loved her first three albums, the sounds were godly imo), I couldn't have been more disappointed with the direction she's taken over time. Not surprised this album received the ratings it did from its critics. Not a single song from this album appealed enough to me to download or get into. Things like how she pronounced "bananas" in Goddess just solidified how much of a joke this all seems to be. On top of that, the album was delayed for many years. My frustration is so long and deep that I don't even know in which order to sum it all up. I'll always have a special place for her in my heart because she was practically my entire childhood and young adulthood, but mainly because of how her lyrics haven't grown at all, I'll have to leave my stan card here. I'll give her next album a listen, but until then my feelings will stay this way. Expand

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