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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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My Happy Ending
Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh... So much for my happy ending Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh... So much for my happy ending Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh... Let's talk this... See the rest of the song lyrics
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. Q Magazine
    80
    An altogether more satisfying supply of air punching, stadium sized choruses. [Jun 2004, p.103]
  3. Blender
    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: 74 out of 89
  2. Negative: 7 out of 89
  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. Jan 6, 2011
    10
    Pra mim, não existe álbum melhor ou pior da Avril e esse é ótimo!
    Apesar de que a melhor
    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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  3. KhayoC
    Jun 29, 2004
    10
    I love this cd, it has a great repertory and lots of songs that define Avril as a mature and frustrated woman! Best songs: My Happy Ending, I love this cd, it has a great repertory and lots of songs that define Avril as a mature and frustrated woman! Best songs: My Happy Ending, Freak Out and Forgotten! Expand
  4. Sep 19, 2015
    10
    Melhor álbum do mundo, melhores músicas, álbum da minha vida, hinário, amo as músicas, amo tudo...
    Melhor álbum dela na minha opinião .
    Melhor álbum do mundo, melhores músicas, álbum da minha vida, hinário, amo as músicas, amo tudo...
    Melhor álbum dela na minha opinião .
    Rainha, dona do meu cu, dona da minha vida
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  5. Sep 24, 2014
    9
    Her best album released until now, and this album was released a long time ago. I like every song, from the beginning to the end. I won't everHer best album released until now, and this album was released a long time ago. I like every song, from the beginning to the end. I won't ever forget "My Happy Ending" Expand
  6. raVen
    Feb 15, 2005
    8
    (7.5) So she's no Bronte sister. Anyone remember the last decade, when our pop teens were serving up cheese like "Mmmbop" and "Baby, One (7.5) So she's no Bronte sister. Anyone remember the last decade, when our pop teens were serving up cheese like "Mmmbop" and "Baby, One More Time?" Sure, the album has a ton of yeah yeahs and na-nas and oh ohs. (She even spells them all out in the liner notes for those who feel like singing along). And maybe sometimes it seems like it makes use of the same fifteen-or-so lyrics, and just resequences them for each song. Admittedly, this is a problem when she doesn't have a Grade-A melody. But on songs like "My Happy Ending" and "Nobody's Home," you simply don't CARE that the words are a little thin because her voice sounds so damn good singing them. The latter, in fact, is one of her two or three best period - that's including all those hooks from "Let Go." Her sound is quite addictive, and her voice holds and never loses your attention. But I hope for her next release she sheds some of the schoolgirl cliches. She has scratched out her very own niche, and it's up to her to fill it with a poetry deserving of her killer presentation. 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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