Album: Let Go

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Let Go

Artist: Avril Lavigne
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Label: Arista

Self-professed skate punk Avril Lavigne sings that she’d “rather be anything but ordinary” on her debut. While the fact that she had a record deal by the age of 16 separates her from the pack, too often Let Go’s lyrical shortcomings drag the teenager’s musically impressive recording entrée into the realm of the typical. The catchy choruses of Go are substantial, though, thanks to Lavigne’s riff-driven melodies and powerful vocals, which at times adopt the unorthodox intonation quirks of fellow Canadian Alanis Morrissette. The nuanced, dynamic…

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Self-professed skate punk Avril Lavigne sings that she’d “rather be anything but ordinary” on her debut. While the fact that she had a record deal by the age of 16 separates her from the pack, too often Let Go’s lyrical shortcomings drag the teenager’s musically impressive recording entrée into the realm of the typical. The catchy choruses of Go are substantial, though, thanks to Lavigne’s riff-driven melodies and powerful vocals, which at times adopt the unorthodox intonation quirks of fellow Canadian Alanis Morrissette. The nuanced, dynamic “Losing Grip,” “My World” (which perfectly captures the ennui of suburbia), and the buoyant power-pop blast “Sk8er Boi” are the collection’s highlights. But Lavigne’s honest yet awkward words weigh down the likes of “Mobile,” “I’m with You,” and “Naked.” “Nobody’s Fool,” which displays her Pink-like take-me-as-I-am credo, hints that someday Lavigne’s lyrics will match the strength of her music. —Annie Zaleski

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