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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: 88 out of 143
  2. Negative: 36 out of 143
  1. DrunkenMaster
    Apr 26, 2007
    10
    Total Brilliance! If you are troubled and confused by complicated "indie" bands like Liars, Deerhunter or Low then this CD is for you. There Total Brilliance! If you are troubled and confused by complicated "indie" bands like Liars, Deerhunter or Low then this CD is for you. There is no subtlety, nuance or depth here, just sheer, brilliant banality! Enjoy, America! Expand
  2. Curdsy
    Feb 15, 2008
    10
    This album is so HOT! I'm loving every single song!!!!!
  3. ArnoldH.
    May 18, 2007
    10
    Her album rocks! Every single song is so great!
  4. SandyC
    May 12, 2007
    8
    Like alot of people say "She ain't no punk". Nope this is pure power-pop. Her antecedants stretch back to Suzy Quatro and the Like alot of people say "She ain't no punk". Nope this is pure power-pop. Her antecedants stretch back to Suzy Quatro and the Go-Go's. Not as smart as Cheap Trick, but every bit as nasty as The Knack. Lyricaly the whole thing seems to take place in the girls bathroom. Well so what I suppose if one were a 17 year old upper-middle class mall rat this would be Tolstoy. Don't think about it is probably the safest bet. Expand
  5. Jun 17, 2011
    6
    1st post AHHHHHHHHHHH =)

    If you liked the albums Let Go or Under My Skin then there is a good chance you wont like this album. Avril
    1st post AHHHHHHHHHHH =)

    If you liked the albums Let Go or Under My Skin then there is a good chance you wont like this album. Avril Lavigne's 3rd album, The Best Damn Thing is in many ways a bold one. Avril really does throw away her Pop punk rift's and melody's produces something a bit more glamorise and I hate to use this word but 'mainstream'. To be honest this album really did disappoint me, saying that, there is no doubt in my mind that this is a good album. The thing is, it's just not why I listen to Avril. That's okay though because this album is sure to capture a whole new audience. ARGH I'M GETTING LOST!

    To the point...
    I thought this album had some great beats such as Girlfriend, The Best Damn Thing, Everything Back But You and I Don't Have To Try, It also delivers some emotional drainage that you expect with an Lavinge album with the songs 'When You're Gone', 'Innocence',' Keep Holding On'. Although I enjoyed 'When You're Gone' I though 'Keep Holding On' was nothing but mediocre and 'Innocence' just made me **** angry =( To summarise, the album is probably not what anyone expected but it actually takes nothing away from the album. This is a relatively good, fun, POP album.
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  6. JasonK
    Apr 22, 2007
    4
    Avril Lavigne fails in this one.
  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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