Let Go

Let Go

4.8 543
by Avril Lavigne

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The debut disc from spunky teen songwriting prodigy Avril Lavigne suggests both the confessional style of Alanis Morissette and the honey-sweet vocalizing of Jewel, distancing this 17-year-old from her bubblegum contemporaries. On the autobiographical Let Go, the self-confident Lavigne lays herself bare,…  See more details below


The debut disc from spunky teen songwriting prodigy Avril Lavigne suggests both the confessional style of Alanis Morissette and the honey-sweet vocalizing of Jewel, distancing this 17-year-old from her bubblegum contemporaries. On the autobiographical Let Go, the self-confident Lavigne lays herself bare, spinning personal tales with her impressive lyricism and guitar playing. The young Canadian stakes out her individuality on the infectious breakout single "Complicated" and traces her ride from homogenous suburban roots (the breezy "My World") through the less glamorous byways leading to fame (the acoustic guitar-driven "Mobile"). Throughout, the self-described skate punk deals out hooks like playing cards and ups the ante with subtle bleeps, loops, and keyboard swooshes, which intensify big guitar songs such as the power-pop punk "Sk8er Boi," the Dido-flavored "Losing Grip," and the sweeping angst-fest "Unwanted." Equally moving is Lavigne's subtler material, including the lush "Tomorrow," with its hint of uncertainty, and the trip-hoppy "Naked," a like-minded tale of vulnerability. Bursting with talent and joie de vivre, Avril Lavigne proudly announces herself as the new kid in town -- one that's sure to make a lot of friends real quick.

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All Music Guide - Christina Saraceno
Talk about pressure -- being under 21 and having a record deal no longer qualifies as extraordinary. And as mass-produced teen pop makes its exit and a glut of young singer/songwriters enter, child prodigies no longer have built-in marketing appeal. So if newcomer, 17-year-old Avril Lavigne truly wants to be "Anything But Ordinary," as she sings on her debut album, Let Go, she'll have to dig deeper. Luckily for Lavigne, aside from youth, she does have talent. Her debut runs the gamut from driving rock numbers like "Losing Grip" -- where Lavigne shows off her vocal range, powering into the anger-fueled, explosive rock chorus -- to singer/songwriter pop tunes like "My World," where Lavigne fills listeners in on the past 17 years of her life. Lavigne handles a variety of styles deftly, but she still has some growing up to do lyrically. "Sk8er Boi" has a terrific power pop bounce, but shows her lyrical shortcomings: "He was a punk/She did ballet/What more can I say" -- a lot. The phrasing is awkward and sometimes silly: "It's funny when you think it's gonna work out/Till you chose weed over me you're so lame," she sings on "Too Much to Ask." Not surprisingly, the standout track is the first single, "Complicated," a gem of a pop
ock tune with a killer chorus. But listen carefully and you'll realize that "Complicated"'s sing-song melody borrows just enough from Pink's "Don't Let Me Get Me" to make it familiar and likeable. Nonetheless, the song is a knockout radio hit. Lavigne, a self-professed skater punk and labelmate of Pink, shares her "Take Me As I Am" credo as well. And that said, it's hard not to look at this record, executive produced by Arista label head Antonio "L.A." Reid, who is thanked by Lavigne for allowing "me to be myself," and feel cynical about the music industry's willingness to reproduce a hit over and over. Lavigne, however, is a capable songwriter with vocal chops, and at her age, one imagines, she is still finding her feet, borrowing from the music she's grown up listening to. The problem is Lavigne is still so young she's listening to the radio hits of the '90s and early 2000s: she's Pink when she's bucking authority, Alanis Morissette when she's angry, and Jewel when she's sensitive. Let Go shows promise, but the question is whether Lavigne and only Lavigne will shine through on her next effort.

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Performance Credits

Avril Lavigne   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Joe Bonadio   Drums
Josh Freese   Drums
Clif Magness   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Drum Loop
Gerry Leonard   Guitar
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Alex Elena   Drums
Curt Frasca   Guitar,Multi Instruments
Peter Zizzo   Guitar
Corky James   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Matthew Brann   Drums
Evan Taubenfeld   Guitar
Mark Spicoluk   Bass
Jeff Allen   Bass

Technical Credits

Lauren Christy   Composer
Matrix   Composer
Clif Magness   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
L.A. Reid   Executive Producer
Graham Edwards   Composer
Rick Kerr   Engineer
Curt Frasca   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Peter Zizzo   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Pro-Tools
Jon Berman   Engineer
Avril Lavigne   Composer,Art Direction
Jen Scaturro   Programming,Pro-Tools
Scott Spock   Composer
Steve Gryphon   Drum Recordings
Matrix   Composer
Sabelle Breer   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer

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Let Go 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 543 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is deffinetly the best cd I've ever heard, she's got a great voice, great song's and great rythem about her and to all those people calling her a fake..... YOUR AN IDDIOT! She's a great artist and you should most deffinetly buy her cd, it rock's!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Avril has a great voice, great music, and a great personality. To all of you who prefer other music, that's your prob. "Under My Skin" totally equaled up to "Let Go". She should totally keep making albums. I'd buy them all. Avril, you rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
~~The coolest,best cd of Avril's!!!!!!! I have it and I have one word to say about it...., AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!I rate it 10/10!!!^_^'
Guest More than 1 year ago
i dont care wut they say about avril cause she rocks and totaly understands me and everyone should listen 2 her music before they say they dont like her
Guest More than 1 year ago
I personally think Avril Lavigne is great and I LOVE HER SONG AS WELL AS HERR!!!! I really enjoy listening to this cd and ill never get tired of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
She's awsome i love all of her songs. She is totally like me
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Avril's music!!!!! I can relate to her songs. I love the beat and the lyrics. The attitude of the music is the kind that I like. It's not the junk that Brittany Spears sings. As long as Avril keeps putting out music, I'll listen to it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brilliant! I am an outdated "old" 34 year-old rock fan. Avril's work absolutely blew me away. Probably seems a strange analogy here: but she reminds a lot of early Ozzy. Not the best singer, not the best looking, but overflowing with charisma and heartfelt appeal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the only Avril Lavigne CD that i currently own right now. but, i assure you.... after listening to Let Go, i must say, she is my favorite female singer! she is awesome! if you do not own this CD, RUN don't walk to Barnes and Nobles, and purchase it NOW! you will not be sorry. this CD is absolutely magnificent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd was awesome. im only a kid and i love avril. this cd rocks. its a mix of punk nd rock. and probably also any one can like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Avril Lavigne is the best singer on the face of the Earth! Her songs 'Anything But Ordinary' and 'Skater Boy' are amazing. I love her music. Her latest CD 'Under My Skin' is sooooo good! Rock on Lavigne!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
avril lavigne is different and so independent. thats what makes her so cool. her music rocks
Guest More than 1 year ago
Give her 50/100% credit, because she wrote these songs with someone. Avril lets you know it's okay to be different, actually, it's better than that. I can relate to a lot of what she sings,and she doesn't sing a lot of that fake junk so many people sing to these days.My fave songs on this album are Anything but Ordinary, Sk8er Boi, Things I'll Never say, My World, Too Much Too Ask, and Tommorrow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Avril Lavigne sounds great in this cd. She is amazingly talented. I will recomend this cd to anybody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love all the songs shes one of my favorite singers and shes very original. my favorite song is complicated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is avril's debut and this album is made during her sk8er girl days she have always been one of my favorites of all time all of avril's albums is terrific! she rocks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Avril Lavigne is a really talented person and is a great singer. She rocks. Everyone should listen to her. Go Avril.
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Jonathan1989 More than 1 year ago
Avril Lavigne's 2002 debut album, "Let Go" is one of my favorite albums of all time. She has one of her great songs including "Complicated" and "I'm With You".
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, i gotta make this short cause i have to get off the computer. Well, every song on Avril's cd is awesome! I listen to it...A LOT!!! Okay...bye!! ~Corina (one of avril's biggest fans even though it doesnt seem like it.) :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Move over Britney! I think everyone is getting tired of the same old song and dance. Meet Avril Lavigne, the 17-year-old Canadian born who's out to prove that not all teenage musicians are the typical pop queens. With the release of her first single, ''Complicated'', she's already climbing the charts. After hearing clips of a few other tracks off the album, ''Let Go'', I predict great success in Avril Lavigne's future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
her cd is awesome!! ''complicated'' is my favorite! she is an awesome singer and i think everyone should have this cd!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Avril Lavigne definately proves that teens can produce alot more than pop music. Her first single, Complicated, is quickly working it's way up the charts. She dosen't manage what she releases about herself, what we see is what she is. So for all those people who love teen music and are sick of hearing the names 'Britney Spears' and 'Christina Agulara', Avril will rock your world! And completely off topic; she HATES Britney Spears!