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  • Audio CD (May 25 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0001UL7RY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 644 customer reviews
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1. Take Me Away
2. Together
3. Don't Tell Me
4. He Wasn't
5. How Does It Feel
6. My Happy Ending
7. Nobody's Home
8. Forgotten
9. Who Knows
10. Fall To Pieces
11. Freak Out
12. Slipped Away

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Avril Lavigne's 2002 debut "Let Go" gave young women a defiant voice and set it to music they could rock out to. Fourteen million albums and eight Grammy nominations later, the Canadian chanteuse returns with "Under My Skin."

"Under My Skin" opens with the dramatic tracks "Take Me Away" and "Together," which set the scene for the kick-ass guitars and radio-ready chorus of "Don't Tell Me," a song of willful female empowerment that picks up where "Complicated" left off. From there it's a one-two punch of three-chord guitar licks ("He Wasn't") and head-bopping optimism ("Who Knows") alongside swirling, brooding melodies ("Freak Out") and moody tracks ("Forgotten," "Nobody's Home") that reveal a darker side of Avril Lavigne.

Working with producers Butch Walker (of the Marvelous 3), Raine Maida (of Our Lady Peace), and Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Pearl Jam), Avril co-wrote the dozen introspective songs on this new album.


With her breakthrough 2002 debut, Let Go, Avril Lavigne tried to market herself as the bona fide alternative to tarty teen queens, Britney and Christina. Her guitar-pop hits were irresistibly bratty but the whole "Complicated" teen pose was a little hard to swallow, especially since two songwriters called the Matrix--who had at least twenty years on the Canadian singer--fed her most of the material. Having had the chance to live a little, Lavigne returns to make good on her angsty image with Under My Skin, an album rippling with delightfully dour melodies and heartfelt lyrics about loneliness ("How Does It Feel") and fractured relationships ("Don't Tell Me"). Is it clichéd? Sure. Will it scare off her necktie and t-shirt wearing fans? Possibly. But there's nothing quite as satisfying as watching a teen-pop icon actually reveal her soul. --Jaan Uhelszki

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UNDER MY SKIN is the sophomore effort by "bad girl" Avril Lavigne. While the music is still very much pop, the lyrics have more meaning to them and explore deeper into life. Avril left the boys of The Matrix and combined with Evan Taubenfeid, Chantal Kreviazuk, Ben Moody (Evanscence), Raine Maida, and Butch Walker to create her new voice and it shows in the tracks. While not as many radio friendly tunes as the debut, the album supports enough tracks to make a fine stay on the charts. Some of my personal favorites are as follows:
"Together" the tale of a couple who no longer feel they are connecting to one another.
"Don't Tell Me" the first single. The tale of a girl standing up for herself when a guy puts her down for not "giving it up" right away.
"My Happy Ending" the second single and the best track on the album. This tells of a romance gone bad and should remain on the charts throughout the summer.
"Nobody's Home" is the song with Ben Moody. It is the tale of a woman trying to find her way, but cannot.
"Slipped Away" is the song dedicated to her grandfather, who recently passed. Very nice tribute to someone she obviously cared very deeply for.
I highly recommend Avril's album, but if you are looking for a repeat of her first album, you will be disappointed.
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It's no doubt there was a big expectation for Lavigne's follow up. Gladly she worked with new and fresh producers and with amazing writer Chantal K. who helped her with a few lyrics. Overall don't expect to have the most introspective album deliver to us by this canadian brat. After all is her second album. The songs are simply delightful POP-ROCK tunes that aboards every theme from LOVE, SOLITUDE AND FORGIVENESS. This is a great album from the begginning to the end. Maybe the best coming out this year. Of course is unfair to compare ALANIS and AVRIL since their albums came by the same time, it's just not right because the both of them are talented and most of all different. Back 2 Avril's album, the best tracks are the history telling "Nobody's Home" were you can tell the desperation of the caracter, well sung by Lavigne, "Don't Tell Me" the leading single a in your face love song, about, yes! she's not an easy girl, how ironic, but then it's lovely to see somebody like Avril demanding respect. Love the momentuos of the last chorus, a great song. "Who Knows" this track sounds so anthemic and easy to sing along with, and a great track. "My Happy Ending" supposed to be the second cut to be release to radio waves, although is catchy and not bad at all, it's not one of my top tracks, but it's ok. "He Wasn't" souns a lil-ske8r boi alike, this is fast, and funny to hear that the man she expected him to be is not, "How Does It Feel" is a slow track of put yourself in my feet, this is a more mature Lavigne, "Forgotten" it's a total rocker song, another mature one, but it doesn't mean it's the best one.Read more ›
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This is an AMAZING CD. At first i like, wasn't really sure about it, now i like it, NO! I LOVE IT! This CD is amazing, it is NOT a waste of money like evryone says it is.
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"Under My Skin" may not be as good as Avril Lavigne's first album overall, but there are some strong pieces here and it is not too big of a drop from her debut. In particular the slower pieces are weak by comparison with her first album, and there isn't as much diversity in sound. This album was released on May 24th, almost exactly two years after her debut, and almost three years prior to her third album.

The album opens with some good tracks. "Take Me Away" has got a good edge to it, though the lyrics are a bit vague. It leads well into "Together" another solid piece, though it isn't quite as good as "Take Me Away" in my opinion. "Don't Tell Me" is the first single from the album, and it has a good strong message for young teen girls about not letting boys pressure them into going farther than they want to. "He Wasn't" is about a failed relationship, which fits right into a good portion of this album. It has a catchy chorus, but it is probably the weakest of the opening four pieces and yet still fairly good. "How Does It Feel" is the first example of the weaker slow songs. It is fairly forgettable overall. "My Happy Ending" is my personal favorite on the album, and a good closer for the first half of the album.

"Nobody's Home" opens the second half of the album, another good piece. The video focuses on the idea of being homeless, but one can also take the lyrics as emotional isolation. "Forgotten" starts a bit slow and soft, but the sound builds through the first chorus. It adds a bit of diversity in sound with its different approach, but it isn't anything special. "Who Knows" is another decent piece, but nothing especially memorable, and a few too many repeats of the word "yeah" making it almost sound like a parity of herself in parts.
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