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The Best Damn Thing [CD/DVD] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Well, that awkward goth phase didn't last long! With all the impatience of an ADD-riddled teen rebel, Avril Lavigne ditched the gloomy façade of her sophomore Under My Skin and dove back into the well-scrubbed mosh pit for her third album, The Best Damn Thing. Frankly, the change in pace comes as a bit of a relief. The serious Avril on Under My Skin never felt genuine -- the shift from the exuberance of "Sk8er Boi" to the meandering ruminations of "Don't Tell Me" and "My Happy Ending" seemed sudden and forced, a misguided attempt to prove that Lavigne was a serious songwriter -- so as soon as The Best Damn Thing opens with the bright bubblegum blast of ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Well, that awkward goth phase didn't last long! With all the impatience of an ADD-riddled teen rebel, Avril Lavigne ditched the gloomy façade of her sophomore Under My Skin and dove back into the well-scrubbed mosh pit for her third album, The Best Damn Thing. Frankly, the change in pace comes as a bit of a relief. The serious Avril on Under My Skin never felt genuine -- the shift from the exuberance of "Sk8er Boi" to the meandering ruminations of "Don't Tell Me" and "My Happy Ending" seemed sudden and forced, a misguided attempt to prove that Lavigne was a serious songwriter -- so as soon as The Best Damn Thing opens with the bright bubblegum blast of "Girlfriend" and its cheerleader chant, everything within Avril's world seems right again. If anything, this third album feels even more adolescent than her aggressively catchy-n-shallow debut, Let Go, perhaps because this is an album where Avril is allowed to run wild. She can curse, spit, and strut to her heart's content, she can taunt her rivals and steal their boyfriends, then bitch out the boy for not understanding her once he belongs to her. She impatiently rushes through the power ballads -- there are only three of them, all impeccable melodic anthems designed to keep the crossover adult audience Let Go won, all better than their equivalents on Under My Skin -- because she can't wait to get back and raise hell like the spoiled brat that she's thrilled to be. Avril swears like she's just discovered profanity, cheerfully spitting out four-letter words (and their compounds) with glee, but everything she does here she does with unrestrained glee. She truly believes she's the best damn thing you've ever seen, she knows it's all about her -- or, as she shouts on "I Don't Have to Try," "I wear the pants!" -- and if you don't agree, she knows you're wrong and you can go to hell (actually, she'd probably say something a lot stronger). This sense of entitlement will surely rankle anybody who's just a little bit older than Avril's 22 years, who will also find that the perennial Lavigne complaint holds: she ain't no punk, she's a brat that any grizzled old punk will want to beat with a baseball bat. (How do you know if you're one of the old guys? If you recognize the chorus of "Girlfriend" as a total lift from the Rubinoos' "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," you're an old guy, even if you're 20.) But The Best Damn Thing wasn't made for them, nor was it made with any sense (or even regard) for the past: it was made to exist totally in the moment, in a time when a moment speeds by faster than light. And, frankly, that's what good about The Best Damn Thing: it's as exuberant, irreverent, and exciting as any other bubblegum pop, defiantly silly and shallow, but also deliriously hooky. If Lavigne didn't have the hooks -- if neither "Girlfriend" nor the title track weren't driven by cheerleader chants, if "Everything Back But You" didn't snarl like prime Green Day, if "I Can Do Better" didn't soar on its chorus -- her snotty attitude would be unbearable, but these are terrific, addictive pop songs that are harder and tougher yet feel fresher and lighter than her big hits from Let Go. True, this is far from deep, but Under My Skin proved that a deep Avril is a dull Avril. The Best Damn Thing, in contrast, builds on every one of her bratty strengths, which makes for ridiculously catchy pop -- the kind of music that provides a soundtrack for teens and guilty pleasures for everyone else. [The Best Damn Thing is available in a deluxe edition containing a bonus CD. The non-deluxe edition is a clean version of the album without the numerous profanities.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2007
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 886970910323
  • Catalog Number: 709103

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Girlfriend (3:37)
  2. 2 I Can Do Better (3:17)
  3. 3 Runaway (3:48)
  4. 4 The Best Damn Thing (3:10)
  5. 5 When You're Gone (4:00)
  6. 6 Everything Back But You (3:03)
  7. 7 Hot (3:23)
  8. 8 Innocence (3:53)
  9. 9 I Don't Have to Try (3:17)
  10. 10 One of Those Girls (2:56)
  11. 11 Contagious (2:10)
  12. 12 Keep Holding On (3:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Avril Lavigne Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff Drums
Paul Bushnell Bass
Larry Corbett Cello
Joel Derouin Concert Master
Josh Freese Drums
Rob Mathes Conductor
Jamie Muhoberac Piano, Keyboards
Leon Pendarvis Conductor
Tim Pierce Guitar
Butch Walker Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Stevo Drums
Greg Suran Guitar
Chris Chaney Bass
Travis Barker Drums
Abe Laboriel Jr. Drums
Deryck Whibley Bass, Guitar
Steven Wolf Drums
Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald Bass, Guitar, Piano
Dan Chace Keyboards
Technical Credits
Ken Allardyce Engineer
David Campbell String Arrangements
Brian Gardner Mastering
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Rob Mathes String Arrangements
Doug McKean Engineer
Leon Pendarvis Arranger
Butch Walker Composer, Programming, Producer
Rob Cavallo Producer
Kara DioGuardi Composer
John Rummen Art Direction
Paul David Hager Engineer
Mike Fasano Drum Technician
Sonia d'Aloisio Logo Design
Karl Egsieker Engineer
Josh Wilbur Engineer
John Hanes Digital Editing
Deryck Whibley Producer, Cover Photo
Avril Lavigne Composer, Executive Producer
Steven Wolf Producer
Michael Caffery Engineer
Rouble Kapoor Engineer
Seth Waldmann Engineer
Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald Composer
Evan Taubenfeld Composer
Keith Gretlein Engineer
Matt Beckley Engineer
Tom Syrowski Engineer
Chris Soper Engineer
Aniela Gottwald Engineer
Wesley Seidman Engineer
Tatiana Gottwald Engineer
Dan Chace Programming
Robb Dipple Cover Art, Logo Design
Matt Mecley Producer
Terry McBride Management
Chris Holmes Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HA! This is not the pink one.

    I ordered this TWICE!! and did NOT get the pink cover one, I got the pink black outlined one. Please Barnes and Noble, get my order right next time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWSOME

    its great its pop yet slitly rock with a few seconds of rap its alot different than her last cd under my skin

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