Avril Lavigne
Let Go


3.5
great

Review

by mark sammut USER (37 Reviews)
August 16th, 2012 | 32 replies | 2,268 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Structured Rebellion

When Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne hit the pop scene with her debut album, Let Go, in June of 2002, the mainstream crowd was hit unexpectedly by an artist who did not want to sound like everyone else. She offered a listenable and mainstream sound that was held back, different and layered, but Lavigne knew how to write a successful song and construct an album that could not be labeled generic but at the same time would cater to the same crowd.

Let Go is a unique album in that it has a surprisingly good mix of rock elements which underlie the pop anthems. The album is filled with catchy songs with big choruses, but they are sung soulfully and honestly by Lavigne. Saying that, the material on display here is unique in that it’s different from most other mainstream stayers, but the album itself does not actually show that much diversity. The songs generally follow a similar pattern, and even though the album does not feel like one long song, a listener might find himself skipping to a selected few tracks that represent the best the album’s style has to offer.

Avril Lavigne had a part in the lyrics of every song on the album, and they read like a rough teenage poem dosed in angst and bitterness. This works fairly well within the overall gloominess of the album, even though at times a line passes by that will rise a sigh or two from the audience (‘Til you chose weed over me, you're so lame’ – Too Much To Ask), still in general they serve their purpose.

Songs like Losing Grip, the surprisingly heavy Unwanted and Naked show a perfect mix of rock and pop elements, with Naked starting with a well-executed intro featuring a distorted riff which slowly gets added layers of drums and a simple acoustic guitar chord progression. Unwanted falls into hard rock territory, a heavy riff dominates most of the song combining well with Lavigne’s aggressive vocal performance in the catchy and full blown chorus. The only weakness of an otherwise perfect rock number is the overuse of synths and special effects during the verses in the first half of the track. Hits Complicated and Sk8er Boi were designed to be world-wide hits, being built around memorable choruses and being two of the more fast paced tracks on the album.

Most of the songs are actually quite subdued in nature, only gaining some tempo during the choruses. My World, Anything But Ordinary and Nobody’s Fool are the pick of the bunch, with Anything But Ordinary being the best song on the album. A good slow process starts the song off with multiple instruments being slowly added to the mix. The song picks up pace with a heavier rock sound for the surprisingly emotional chorus. The latter has an infectious chorus, but the young singers attempt at rapping during the verses can become somewhat tiresome.

Sadly not all songs work quite as well. Tomorrow follows a similar style to the previous slower tempo tracks, but without a particularly memorable chorus and some weaker lyrics the song never gets off the ground. Too Much to Ask and Things I’ll Never Say are filler tracks also, even though neither are particularly horrible.

The best part of the album is gratefully Lavigne’s voice. The more subdued and melancholy nature of the release means that extra pressure was placed on the importance of a solid central vocal performance to keep the listener interested. Also since most songs decide to take a more layered and ‘full’, for lack of a better word, approach a weak voice could have been overpowered by the instruments. Lavigne comes through all the trails and delivers an emotional and attitude soaked performance. Thankfully her personality seemed to transfer well enough onto the cd.



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KILL
August 16th 2012


71750 Comments


omg

Digging: Invisible - El jardin de los presentes

Graveyard
August 16th 2012


5730 Comments


SO MUCH FOR MY HAPPY ENDINGZZZZZ

UGHHH

Digging: Sugary Sweet Machines - Controlled Breathing

KILL
August 16th 2012


71750 Comments


i'm with uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

KILL
August 16th 2012


71750 Comments


graveyard wrong album you poser bitch

Graveyard
August 16th 2012


5730 Comments


idgaf

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 16th 2012


50341 Comments


she was a sk8er boy she said see ya sk8er boy
he had to go sk8 and stuff

Digging: The Brave Little Abacus - Masked Dancers

KILL
August 16th 2012


71750 Comments


lmao graveyard i bet you havent even heard anybody but ordinary, ugh posers piss me off so much

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 16th 2012


50341 Comments


Losing Grip: It's about jacking off that sk8er boy but her hand gets sweaty and it starts to slip uh oh losin my grip
Who could forget that classic

KILL
August 16th 2012


71750 Comments


i'm with you was my fav, the perfect tear jerker but thats not the only thing i jerked ;) ;) ;)

KILL
August 16th 2012


71750 Comments


i dnt know who u r (fade?) but i'm

















i'm with u

Shuyin
August 16th 2012


11602 Comments


shes hot.





thats all that matters

Digging: Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain

KILL
August 16th 2012


71750 Comments


shes not that hot but yea i'd cum on her mosquito bites

KILL
August 16th 2012


71750 Comments


that would be tricky yea

Counterfeit
August 16th 2012


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

YOU'RE SOMEBODY ELSE

ROUND EVERYONE ELSE

YOU'RE WATCHIN. YOUR BACK

LIKE YOU CAN'T RELAX

YOU ACT LIKE YOUR COOL

YOU LIKE LIKE A FOOL TO MEEEEEEE

Calc
August 16th 2012


12185 Comments


Why'd you have to go and get me all constipated?

Digging: Jizue - Shiori

KILL
August 16th 2012


71750 Comments


teheh

Spag
August 16th 2012


1759 Comments


Album is fucking brutal broooo

Digging: Cynthesis - DeEvolution

ZedO
August 16th 2012


1096 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

naked....

Asiatic667
August 16th 2012


4648 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Classic album. Complicated and Sk8r Boi suck balls, though.

KILL
August 16th 2012


71750 Comments


sundooooooooooooown



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