The Best Damn Thing (Deluxe Edition with DVD)
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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 --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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"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".Read more ›
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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This album affirms her femininity, independence ad confidence in herself in this album. Great to play this CD in the car at full volume down the highway.Published on May 16 2014 by Wharris
I got it today n cant stop playing it, Avril did a good job and I love every song :)Published on Jan. 22 2014 by brandi
Since Avril Lavigne debuted her first album in 2002, I have loved her music! Not only is she a talented song writer but her rocker girl spirit is something I love! Read morePublished on May 14 2013 by shelly armstrong
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