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Generally favorable reviews- based on 379 Ratings

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  • Summary: Rob Cavallo and Butch Walker are among the numerous producers on the Canadian pop singer's third album, which is preceeded by the single "Girlfriend."

Top Track

When You're Gone
I always needed time on my own I never thought I'd, I need you there when I cry And the days feel like years when I'm alone And the bed where you lie... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. True, this is far from deep but Under the Skin proved that a deep Avril is a dull Avril. The Best Damn Thing, in contrast, builds on every one of her bratty strengths which makes for ridiculously catchy pop - the kind of music that provides a soundtrack for teens and guilty pleasures for everyone else.
  2. It's a consciously lightweight pop-punk romp that appears to have been inspired by "Since U Been Gone," Kelly Clarkson's massive hit.
  3. Lavigne's punk-lite cheerleader chic could well be tweens' first tantalizing steps down the primrose path to Patti Smith.
  4. The songs are furiously bouncy and unbelievably vapid.
  5. The album is filled with strong pop-punk turns, offset by a handful of regrettable ballads.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 140
  2. Negative: 36 out of 140
  1. Christina
    Apr 25, 2007
    10
    Great album! Avril did it again!
  2. AshleyM.
    Jan 16, 2008
    10
    I love this album!!! It shows that she can really sing. She is a happy person being herself and grown up. She wanted to release a fun album I love this album!!! It shows that she can really sing. She is a happy person being herself and grown up. She wanted to release a fun album so people could dance to and enjoy it. My top 5 favorite songs are: Girlfriend, I can do better, when you're gone, hot, & I don't have to try. Expand
  3. ArnoldH.
    May 18, 2007
    10
    Her album rocks! Every single song is so great!
  4. [Anonymous]
    Apr 28, 2007
    8
    Now that Avril feels like having fun, she put out her best disc yet, and not a single dud in the 12 tracks. However, it seems Sony has pulled Now that Avril feels like having fun, she put out her best disc yet, and not a single dud in the 12 tracks. However, it seems Sony has pulled a dirty trick. To get the uncut explicit version, you have to cough up extra for the deluxe edition with the DVD, while all the regular editions are, though seemlessly done, edited editions!! This is biased against fans who can't afford the deluxe. By trying to keep profanity down, Sony have sent a worse message; that it's OK to charge fans extra for freedom of speech. Avril, you might want talk to Sony about that issue, cause this is your best album yet, and I wanna hear it in its genuine, uncut explicit form, the way it was meant to be. Expand
  5. Dec 5, 2016
    6
    Songs, such as 'Girlfriend', 'Keep Holding On', 'Innocence', 'Hot', 'Runaway' and 'When You're Gone' save it from being a basic teen-rockSongs, such as 'Girlfriend', 'Keep Holding On', 'Innocence', 'Hot', 'Runaway' and 'When You're Gone' save it from being a basic teen-rock album. The others, however fun they be, do have a certain cheapness to them. Half of the album is brilliant pop-rock, the other half is kind of awful. Expand
  6. Apr 26, 2012
    3
    I think this may be her worst album. Crap. "Girlfriend" was the big hit from the cd, and honestly that song is just irritating and annoying.I think this may be her worst album. Crap. "Girlfriend" was the big hit from the cd, and honestly that song is just irritating and annoying. This is not the style she set out for in the first place. Disappointment. Expand
  7. MaxD
    Apr 17, 2007
    0
    POSER this alum sucks, if you like it you obviously have no taste and deserve to listen to this utter CRAP!

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