Under My Skin

Under My Skin

4.8 163
by Avril Lavigne
     
 

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Like peers such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, Avril Lavigne has done a lot of growing up in the years since the release of her smash debut album. But in stark contrast to those gals, the spunky Canadian hasn't manifested that change in a strictly sexual context. Instead, she's made a concerted effort to mature as a musician, unloading The Matrix (the slick… See more details below

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Like peers such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, Avril Lavigne has done a lot of growing up in the years since the release of her smash debut album. But in stark contrast to those gals, the spunky Canadian hasn't manifested that change in a strictly sexual context. Instead, she's made a concerted effort to mature as a musician, unloading The Matrix (the slick production team that helped push Let Go to multi-platinum status) and moving beyond the unreconstructed anger of that effort. She's still speaking her mind, as evidenced by "Don't Tell Me," on which she gives an earful -- and nothing else -- to an oversexed suitor. But the presentation of that song, as well as love-life musings such as "Together" and "Fall to Pieces," is a far cry from the pubescent angst of "Sk8er Boi." Under My Skin has plenty of sonic variety. "He Wasn't," one of a handful of songs co-written by fellow Canuck Chantal Kreviazuk, combines a bouncy new-wave melody with a sweetly sung kiss-off to a guy who wasn't well versed in the realm of chivalry ("He wouldn't even open up the door"). Lavigne even takes a cue or two from Sarah McLachlan, most notably on the ethereal "How Does It Feel," perhaps the most vulnerable song she's yet recorded. A kinder, gentler Avril? In a sense, yes, but the girl-power undercurrent is still strong enough to assure listeners she's not about to become a pushover.

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Rolling Stone - Kelefa Sanneh
1/2 For her new album, Under My Skin, Lavigne split with Matrix, the team that wrote much of Let Go. Working with an unlikely crew of songwriters -- her guitarist Evan Taubenfeld and the Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk -- she put together an album that's both more satisfying and more formulaic.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/2004
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0828765977425
catalogNumber:
59774

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Performance Credits

Avril Lavigne   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kenny Aronoff   Percussion,Drums
Josh Freese   Drums
Victor Lawrence   Cello
Mark Robertson   Violin
Butch Walker   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Michael Ward   Guitar
Patrick Warren   Strings,Keyboards,chamberlain
Phil X.   Guitar
Brooks Wackerman   Drums
Raine Maida   Guitar,Keyboards
Chantal Kreviazuk   Piano,Keyboards
Mike Elizondo   Bass
Brian E. Garcia   Percussion
Bill Lefler   Drums
Sam Fisher   Violin
Samuel Formicola   Violin
Kenny Cresswell   Drums
Shanti Randall   Viola
Jason Lader   Bass
Static   Keyboards
Evan Taubenfeld   Acoustic Guitar,Drums,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Ben Moody   Guitar
Jon O'Brien   Keyboards

Technical Credits

David Campbell   String Arrangements
Don Gilmore   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Butch Walker   Composer,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Raine Maida   Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Chantal Kreviazuk   Composer,String Arrangements
John Rummen   Art Direction
Paul David Hager   Engineer
Brian E. Garcia   Engineer
Avril Lavigne   Composer
Dan Certa   Engineer
Kim Kinakin   Art Direction
Jason Lader   Programming,String Concept
Matthew Brann   Composer
Russ-T Cobb   Engineer
Dan Certina   Engineer
Dan Chass   drum programming
Static   Programming
Evan Taubenfeld   Composer
Ben Moody   Composer
Jon O'Brien   Programming

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