For All the Troubled Teens

By Louise Fuller

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Avril Lavigne urges all of us to Let Go with her debut album released in June 2002.

The Canadian singer song writer Avril Lavigne was at the tender age of seventeen when her Let Go Album was released. She was enduring the difficult transition from teen to adult which is evident by the subjects of the songs in the album.

She sang about heart break, not fitting in and her crushes but she did not play the pity card. Instead she sang about her hardship like a rock star. As a result of this Avril Lavigne not only became a music icon but also a style icon. She influenced girls to trade their frills for t-shirts and Dickies.

Christina Saraceno
has compared Avril Lavigne’s unique sound to that of “Pink when she’s bucking authority, Alanis Morissette when she’s angry, and Jewel when she’s sensitive.” Avril Lavigne falls into two music genres, rock and pop and there is an element of folk to her music. She has provided music that many troubled teenagers can relate to, including the teenage me with my door locked, jumping up and down on the bed with “Sk8er Boi” blaring in the background.

“Sk8er Boi” is the second single on the Let Go album and it was written by Lavigne and The Matrix (Scott Spock, Lauren Christy, and Graham Edwards), as well as produced by The Matrix. It tells the story of a conceited girl who rejects a nerd who later in life becomes famous, while she becomes a single mother.

The song is a classic upbeat pop song that one cannot help but move to, with its constant drum beat which keeps the song at a fast tempo and its cheeky guitars which create a haughty tone accompanied by Avril Lavigne’s anger-fuelled, explosive rock chorus. The song has a great hook which resonates in one’s mind long after they have listened to it.

Despite this the lyrical content in the album could use some work. Avril Lavigne phrases some of her lyrics in an awkward way. For example in “Too Much to Ask“: “It’s funny when you think it’s gonna work out/Till you chose weed over me you’re so lame.” Also, the album as a whole is lacking as many of its songs sound fairly the same.

Regardless of this seeing Avril Lavigne is like seeing a Chihuahua for the first time. She is a tiny woman with an explosive personality. 

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