The Best Damn Thing [Bonus Track] [Bonus 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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Editorial Reviews

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. [A bonus track/bonus DVD edition was issued in 2007 as well.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/18/2007
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • UPC: 886972033822
  • Catalog Number: 720338
  • Sales rank: 58,008

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 (4:01)
  13. 13 Alone (3:14)
  14. 14 I Will Be (4:00)
  15. 15 I Can Do Better (3:39)
  16. 16 Girlfriend (3:11)
  17. 17 Girlfriend - Lil Mama (3:24)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Everything Back But You [Multimedia Tra
  2. 2 Girlfriend
  3. 3 Hot
  4. 4 When You're Gone
  5. 5 Girlfriend
  6. 6 When You're Gone
  7. 7 Hot
  8. 8 Girlfriend - Lil Mama
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Avril Lavigne Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals, Bottle
Kenny Aronoff Drums
Paul Bushnell Bass
Daniel Chase Keyboards
Larry Corbett Cello
Jack Daley Bass
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
Evan Wilson Viola
Gavyn Wright Concert Master
Max Martin Guitar, Piano
Greg Suran Guitar
Al Berry Bass, Vocals
Jim McGorman Guitar, Vocals
Chris Chaney Bass
Travis Barker Drums
Steve Ferlazzo Keyboards, Vocals
Rodney Howard Drums
Abe Laboriel Jr. Drums
Deryck Whibley Bass, Guitar
Steven Wolf Percussion, Drums
Devin Bronson Guitar
Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Bill Boyd Producer, Video Producer
Ken Allardyce Engineer
Daniel Chase Programming
Steve Churchyard Engineer
Isobel Griffiths String Contractor
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Tim Martin Director
Rob Mathes String Arrangements, String Conductor
Doug McKean Engineer
Leon Pendarvis Arranger, String Arrangements, String Conductor
Butch Walker Composer, Programming, Producer
Rob Cavallo Producer
Bruce Martin Producer
Kara DioGuardi Composer
Suzie Katayama String Contractor
John Winter Producer, Video Producer
John Rummen Art Direction
Matthew Rolston Video Director
Max Martin Composer
Paul David Hager Engineer
Mike Fasano Drum Technician
Billy Griggs Engineer
Sonia d'Aloisio Logo Design
Janne Hansson Engineer
Karl Egsieker Engineer
Vince Giannini Guitar Techician
Josh Wilbur Engineer
Daryn Barry Engineer
Scott McPherson Contributor
Deryck Whibley Producer, Cover Photo
Avril Lavigne Composer, Executive Producer
Steven Wolf Producer
Michael Caffery Engineer
Marc Klasfeld Video Director
Rouble Kapoor Engineer
Seth Waldmann Engineer
Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald Composer, Producer, Remixing
Evan Taubenfeld Composer
Keith Gretlein Engineer
Matt Beckley Producer, Engineer
Tom Syrowski Engineer
Chris Soper Engineer
Ralph Brown Camera Operator
Aniela Gottwald Engineer
Wesley Seidman Engineer
Tatiana Gottwald Engineer
Jason "Metal" Donkersgoed Digital Editing
Robb Dipple Cover Art, Cover Layout, Logo Design
Matt Mecley Producer
Rick Revell Producer, Video Producer
Terry McBride Management
Markus Dextegen Engineer
Chris Holmes Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Avril Lavigne

    With the CD/DVD version of this album, I have 2 copies, and it is not the same cover, and there were no bonus tracks, With this version I really want to order it because of the songs "Alone" and all the other cool stuff on this version of the album!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    avril lavigne's ``the best damn thing'' album deluxe edition

    avril still rocks! if you're sad listen to ``keep holding on'',if you're in love you can listen to``innocence''.or ``when you're gone,if you want to dance you can listen to ``girlfriend''.or ``the best damn thing'' there's something for everyone and this deluxe edition also comes with bonus tracks and a bonus dvd which is cool!

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    Posted December 8, 2009

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