- Prizes and Awards: Juno Awards 2005: Artist of the Year, Pop Album of the Year, Fan Choice
Under My Skin
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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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"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.
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.Read more ›
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It was her first CD and saw her very first concert tour. My daughter introduced me to her music, and it spoke to a lot of what I needed to hear at the time it came out. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Wharris
This album is another great works for Avril. She has a captive voice & lyrics
I recommend this album to age group 13-58.
Here is Avril's second album, featuring a more mature and darker side of her. To this day, I do not understand why she named this album "Under My Skin", it's so strange. Read morePublished on June 1 2008 by Qian Song
Avril is one of those arists where you can tell that she is in it just for the money. So you've had a break-up? Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2008 by ...
This album is awesome...the last awesome album she made. People accuse her lyrics and melodies of being too basic, and not having a good vocabulary. Read morePublished on July 20 2007 by WriterGrl
This album is amazing! Avril gives an awesome rock sound which rock lovers will love! Everything about this album is amazing! Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2006 by Princess_Trooper
C'est le cd le plus poche que j'ai entendu, les seul bonnes tounes sont celles qui passent à radio l'autre cd etait meilleurs. Read morePublished on April 2 2006
The entire album, every track, rocks ! and is better than her "Let Go" debut.
Play it loud!! Music will ring in your head long after. Read more