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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

She can do better, but this isn't bad.

Now, before I begin, don't get me wrong: this album is nowhere near as good as Let Go (my personal favorite) or even Under My Skin. I'm not thrilled with the direction Avril has chosen to steer her career, and I continue to hope that her next album will return to her ro...
Now, before I begin, don't get me wrong: this album is nowhere near as good as Let Go (my personal favorite) or even Under My Skin. I'm not thrilled with the direction Avril has chosen to steer her career, and I continue to hope that her next album will return to her roots. With that said, The Best Damn Thing may not live up to it's title, but it's still a pretty damn good album. p Girlfriend - 6/10 - Don't judge the entire album based on this track. Girlfriend is quite grating on the ears, but, while other songs fall into the same vein musically, the lyrics aren't quite as contrived. p I Can Do Better - 8/10 - The title of this song speaks volumes. She may have meant it to refer to the many guys who have apparently crossed her, but I see it as a reflection of her musical abilities. Still a good, fast song. p Runaway - 10/10 - This song is probably the closest to "old" Avril you'll get on this album. It has catchy drums (she even played drums on this song in concert) and some of the best vocals you'll find here. Great track. p The Best Damn Thing - 9/10 - Ah, the title track. It kicks off with a bit of Avril's Gwen Stefani rip-off (think Hollaback Girl), but it manages to save itself with its extremely catchy pop chorus and hooks. This song will keep you dancing, that's for sure. p When You're Gone - 7/10 - Everyone seems to like this song, but it seems like a bit of a drag to me. Avril's vocal talents shine on this track, and the lyrics are more complex than "hey hey you you, I don't like your girlfriend". Not great, but not half bad either. p Everything Back But You - 7/10 - This song sounds strikingly similar to something Sum 41 would do - maybe due to Avril's marriage to Sum's Deryck Whibley? Either way, this is another tribute to every girl who's been ditched by her two-timing man. Great for letting your temper out with it's shouted chorus. p Hot - 6/10 - I must admit, this is probably my least favorite song on the album. I love the verses, but the slowdown of the chorus and the general message of the song just weigh it down in my book. Still, not a bad effort, just not great. p Innocence - 8/10 - Avril has, in the past, shown herself capable of producing beautiful ballads. Innocence does not disappoint in this regard. This track allows the listener to take a break from the angry pop and enjoy a simple tribute to, well, innocence. This song really shows what Avril could be capable of. p I Don't Have to Try - 6/10 - I must admit, this is one of the weirdest songs in the bunch. It certainly doesn't require much singing talent to chant "I wear the pants!". This song's title seems to reflect her stance on her music these days - just put together a couple catchy hooks and send the album out. Again, the song isn't bad, but it shows that maybe Avril DOES have to try.. p One of Those Girls - 9/10 - I really enjoyed this song as a tribute to the days of Sk8er Boi. It's a quick blast of a song, clocking in at under 3 minutes, but it's got a fun message and sing-along capability. One of my favorites off this album. p Contagious - 9/10 - It seems like these late-album songs get forgotten, maybe because they are each only 2 minutes and change. But Contagious is another great old-Avril-like song. It's poppy and simple, she's fallen in love and it's "contagious". Good track. p Keep Holding On - 8/10 - Everyone had heard this track long before the release of this album. It isn't half bad, but it seems to get lost in the shuffle. I get the feeling this song was tacked to the end of the album as an afterthought when it became popular. Still not a song to forget. p Overall, the album is neither perfect nor is it up to Avril's potential. However, it's still a necessary piece in a good music collection - it will hold us listeners over while we wait for another CD to capture the spirit of Let Go, at least.

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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What happened? And whats with all the cusing? All these song have a few cuse words in them why do you really have to use the f word in the song? These songs are realy good but gez I dont mi the D**n's and H**ls but the f word? She is a really great singer but stop cusin...
What happened? And whats with all the cusing? All these song have a few cuse words in them why do you really have to use the f word in the song? These songs are realy good but gez I dont mi the D**n's and H**ls but the f word? She is a really great singer but stop cusing! I loved ur last 2 CD's! With normal hair being a normal gril she used to make fun of wht she is now! Just go back to wht you were kids here this stuff on the radio!

posted by Anonymous on October 1, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    What happened? And whats with all the cusing? All these song have a few cuse words in them why do you really have to use the f word in the song? These songs are realy good but gez I dont mi the D**n's and H**ls but the f word? She is a really great singer but stop cusing! I loved ur last 2 CD's! With normal hair being a normal gril she used to make fun of wht she is now! Just go back to wht you were kids here this stuff on the radio!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not Punk, Pop

    The first two albums could be considered punk, on some levels, but this is so far from punk it's unbelieveable. It's good as a pop album, but if it ever were to be considered a rock album I'd be the first to condem it. Innocence, and When You're Gone are some of the better songs. Everything Back But You is good too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What's up Avril?

    For all you Avril fans you will be disappointed. Because I don't understand why Avril has 3 good songs. I mean all her songs are good but they are also really choppy. Like the song Hot I could pass on that one big time. The 3 songs I like aren't punk rock they are Innocence, When You're Gone, and Keep Holding On. OK fine Girlfriend is good too but it's just that those three songs are better. This album also had some good sides even though lots of songs were choppy they were also good. You could kinda hear them over and over. I mean it's good but not that good. I've listened to all her albums. And her best one is Under My Skin. The best damn thing should be called. The OK album. I really thought that The Best Damn Thing wasn't a good title.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Why I'm not a huge Avril fan

    I was never the biggest Avril Lavigne fan. When she first came onto the music scene I didn't have a strong opinion on her one way or the other. When she came back in 2007 with the hit "Girlfriend" I decided I like some of her songs. "When You're Gone" is even better than "Girlfriend" and showcases Avril's true talent in singing. It's a great pop ballad...even better than her first ballad hit "With You." I like some of the songs on this album but it's still not played that often on my computer. I liked "Hot", "When You're Gone" and "I Can Do Better" the best. The bad part about this album is the parental advisory edition wasn't at the store so I had to get the "clean" version. Otherwise it's just okay. Her first album was better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Unlike other reviewers, who are constantly bagging on Avril on her new look, I won't. She obviously happy with it, and if you were a true Avril fan, you'd be happy for her, too. I like to call her new style punky-prep. I don't see why people are also constantly bagging on this "it's pop, not punk theory". Although, yes, it's pop, it has a funky, punky vibe to it. Ok, getting to the point, this is like a mature version of "Let Go". With tunes that'll have you rocking out to, and poppy lyrics to back it up with. Face it, it's reminiscent of "Let Go". Although, this is basically her worst album yet. I don't like that she swears a lot, even though Avril has sweared, strait from "Let Go" and beyond, I never thought I'd see explicit/clean versions of her album. I was disgusted with that fact. Here's what you need to know: 1.Girlfriend 4/5- This was pretty good. It's a relateble song. It's a song that I can easily dance too. Didn't like the swearing though. 2.I Can Do Better 1/5: One of the bad songs on this album. Just a bunch of screaming that she can do better. big deal. 3.Runaway 4/5- A good song to sing in the car if you're having a cruddy day. 4.Best Da*n Thing 1/5- her voice just got so high-pitched and weird in this song. And it was sorta braggy. 5.When You're Gone 5/5- One of the best songs on the album. It's really sad and bittersweet. LUV IT! 6.Everything Back But You 3/5- It was sorta funny. An ok track. 7.Hot 2/5- Wow. She's not the best songwriter, and this really proves it. but it has a good beat. 8.Innocence 5/5- LUV IT!!! 9.I Don't Have to Try 1/5- ok, this is NOT good. 10.One of Those Girls 2/5- Not that good. A filler track. 11.Contagious 5/5- A typical Let Go song. It's contagious 12.Keep Holding On 100/5-THIS IS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's the most played song on my ipod (it's been played 215 times). If only the whole album could've been like this....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    This album, along with Avril, is a good pop album, definately not punk rock by any standard. She's manufactured pop, and the only reason she has ever gotten any attention is because she has somehow cleverly marketed herself as punk without carrying it over into her music. Nothing about her music is punk: her lyrics, the lead guitars, drums, etc. in her songs are as pop as it gets.

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