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The Best Damn Thing

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  • Audio CD (April 17 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000NA1OXY
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
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1. Girlfriend
2. I Can Do Better
3. Runaway
4. The Best Damn Thing
5. When You're Gone
6. Everything Back But You
7. Hot
8. Innocence
9. I Don't Have To Try
10. One Of Those Girls
11. Contagious
12. Keep Holding On

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For 2007, Avril Lavigne is back at the top of her game, delivering what she describes as her "best record yet." Aptly titled The Best Damn Thing, this album finds Avril returning to the fun, colorful sound of her debut album yet showing just how much she has grown as an artist. The album feartures writing and production collaborations between Avril and Dr. Luke (Lady Sovereign, Pink), Rob Cavallo (Green Day, The Goo Goo Dolls), Butch Walker, and her husband Deryck Whibley of the platinum-selling band Sum 41. Album features the hit song "Girlfriend."

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The first clue to the sound of Avril Lavigne's third CD, The Best Damn Thing, comes in the form of her kickoff single, "Girlfriend," which is filled with singing, clapping, and cheerleader-style chanting. The song is quite a sonic contrast to her previous disc, Under My Skin, which was considered to be Lavigne's more mature follow-up to her 16 million-selling debut CD, Let Go. Like that debut, The Best Damn Thing will be largely and deeply embraced by teenage girls, and is packed with songs that will create enthusiastic sing-alongs in concert. There are a handful of numbers that will appeal to a wider audience; "Innocence" and disc closer "Keep Holding On" would both fit perfectly in a Gray's Anatomy episode, while the sultry message and solid harmonies in "Hot" will appease ears of many ages. Lavigne's husband, Sum 41 frontman Deryk Whibley makes an appearance as producer and instrumentalist on a handful of tracks; their union, however, seems to have bred more than love. "I Don't Have to Try" and "Everything Back But You" both have a frenetic pace and chorus that is so eerily Sum-like that if they weren't married, a copyright lawsuit might ensue. That aside, the record oscillates between lyrically acerbic fare ("One of Those Girls," "I Can Do Better") and fluffy sugar-pop melodies ("Contagious," "The Best Damn Thing") delivering far more spunk rock than punk rock. --Denise Sheppard


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Format: Audio CD
I'm really disappointed in Avril Lavigne in this album. It seems like she's gone from a tough, independant girl to someone who plays with boys and calls it self-respect. I loved "Let Go" and "Under My Skin". Sure, "The Best D--- Thing" has very catchy songs, I'll admit that. And I do love to sing along to them. But the only songs that I like that seem to have a positive attitude are "Keep Holding On" and "Innocence"...since they were both available on iTunes by themselves, there was no reason to buy the entire CD.
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By JC on April 17 2007
Format: Audio CD
Why would anyone buy the regular (clean) edition when they could get this deluxe edition w/dvd and explicit lyrics? This edition is the way to go with this album, which is fantastic! Every song is a lot of fun, incredibly catchy, and I love the cheerleader-esque vibe of a lot of the songs. It seems like the only weak link here is Keep Holding On (which I like also, but its just so cheesy). Anyone looking for a more grown up and mature Avril should look elsewhere, you won't like this album.
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Avril Lavigne has scored with an impressive album. Keep Holding On is one of the best ballads on the album. When You're Gone is hauntingly beautiful and my only problem with this album is the loud single, Girlfriend, which managed reached #1 on the singles chart. It is a brilliant album from beginning to end and my only problem with this album is the song, Girlfriend.
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If you like the song "Girlfriend" a lot, and I mean a whole lot, then the limited edition CD+DVD of "The Best Damn Thing" from Avril Lavigne is probably for you. Out of the 17 tracks on the CD, three of them are versions of "Girlfriend", and if that isn't enough, then you will also have three video versions on the DVD. For me, this was much too much in the way of "Girlfriend". No doubt it has a catchy tune and the cheerleader like cadence to it is somewhat appealing; but the lyrics are juvenile and mean spirited. I am sure there are many who like this piece, given how much airtime it received, but for me it is only so-so. The lyrics might have been okay when Avril Lavigne was 17 and fresh on the scene, but a 22-year-old should have put high-school behind her. This leaves me with a rather mixed reaction to the song, and that carries over to the whole CD+DVD set as well.

"The Best Damn Thing" is Avril Lavigne's third album, and was released on April 17th of 2007. The opening track is the aforementioned "Girlfriend", though since it is the "Mature" version it includes some rougher language than what one sometimes hears on the radio. The second track is "I Can Do Better" and the obvious retort is that she definitely can (and fortunately does) do better, starting with the very next track. "Runaway" is where the album begins for me; it is the kind of song you want to hear from her, and it makes the listener remember how nice it was to finally hear some pop music with a rock base to it as opposed to the dance oriented offerings of so many others., "The Best Damn Thing", and "When You're Gone" are two more strong tracks which help make the opening two pieces a distant memory. This brings us to "Everything Back but You".
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Format: Audio CD
It's been just over a year since Avril Lavigne's third album "The Best Damn Thing" hit the shelves, and although it didn't settle too well with some old-school Avril fans, it definitely is filled with the familiar Avril in your face power pop with catchy lyrics and fast guitar riffs.

This bonus edition, featuring two b-sides that never made the final cut "Alone" and "I Will Be" are BOTH amazing songs. It's a shame they never made the final cut. "Alone" is Avril in her prime, has a bit more angst to it compared to the rest of her album. It would've fit perfectly on either of her previous albums.

"I Will Be" is now made popular by female pop sensation Leona Lewis. However, being as Avril was the original writer of the song. She released her own version for her fans. It's definitely more preferable than Lewis' version. She seemed to have overdone it, while Avril kept it "Avrilized" and sounds a bit more sincere with it.

Its kind of like the whole Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston fiasco with "I Will Always Love You"

One sings it from the heart, the other sings it to show off vocal capacity. I prefer the first choice.

The bonus DVD is a nice add on. Although I think they should've waited and put the music video for The Best Damn Thing on it as well.

The only downside to this album is the Girlfriend Remix featuring Lil Mama. No matter how much I love Avril, I will always cringe at that.

Oh, and the bonus acoustic version of I Can Do Better is awesome. Im waiting for the day Avril releases all her acoustic versions of songs into one album.
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where do i begin...this CD/DVD is amazing.....the live performances are adorable and well performed. All the video's thus far appear on DVD too....plus an extra video of girlfriend remix.....new songs & everything! Its really really good! Honestly! Buy it!
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Format: Audio CD
Although I loved the original version of this album, this plain light grey cover is devoid of the Parental Advisory logo the orignial version would proudly bear. This however is the cleaned edited version. And not very well edited at that. Unless minor profanity offends you, or the poor censorship of songs you already know well doesn't bother you enough to warrant purchasing the more expensive deluxe edition in the original uncensored version, go ahead and get it. But personally it drives me up the wall to listen to a work edited(even if the editor is authorized to do so by the record company or even the artist) so as to change the song's lyrics and in some cases flow.
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