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ALBUM REVIEW: Avril Lavigne – Avril Lavigne

Time to "Rock" it.

Time to “Rock” it.

Why’d she have to go and make things so complicated? Canadian pop-punk princess Avril Lavigne is no stranger to the headlines, having just married Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, nor is she a stranger to the charts. However, at least for the past few years, single and album releases from her have felt like a non-event; something that should wake up the public only to stall out and fade away, now locked up somewhere in the top 40 graveyard. Here comes a delayed fifth full-length effort from her, self-titled, which accurately maintains her teen queen image (strengths and the weaknesses) but also shows some needed growth and variety in musical tastes. This one will fly under the radar, but it could be the best music she’s put out in years.

One of the first highlights is “17”, a fun and bouncy pop number reminiscing about a time when “we were livin’ so wild and free” and “it was you and me/We were living our dream/And we were 17”. The track was co-written with Martin Johnson and Jacob Kasher, who were also involved on first single “Here’s To Never Growing Up”, but this is the stronger of the two songs. It certainly holds more substance; it’s cute without being juvenile and would have performed better at radio as the leadoff single if given the chance. That was a major mistake on Epic’s part, and unfortunately, both the label and Lavigne have paid a bit for it.

Also ranking high on my list is track six, “Give You What You Like”, co-written with Kroeger and David Hodges. The darker, more understated song about a girl questioning the notion of love and her commitment to it plays nicely off an arrangement of guitar, hand claps and tambourine, as Lavigne tempts her counterpart: “I’ve got a brand new cure for lonely/And if you give me what I want, then I’ll give you what you like.” This one is better left as album material, but it wouldn’t sound out-of-place on 2004’s Under My Skin, which may be my favorite album from her. The tone of it is really likable and her character is strong.

Elsewhere, “Bad Girl”, featuring a guest appearance from Marilyn Manson, radiates shades of Blondie and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. By far the hardest sounding track on the album, it’s the flavor that counts. “Hello Heartache” seems to be a fan favorite, which I also enjoy, a mid-tempo record in which Lavigne takes a few vocal risks and the more experimental nature of it makes it a standout. Finally, there’s “Falling Fast”, which is fairly textbook, a vulnerable acoustic-sounding ballad that builds gently as she sings, “Let’s take a chance/Take it while we can/I know you feel it too/I’m falling fast.” Straight out of the late 90’s, it can easily be compared to similar tracks in Alanis Morissette or Sarah McLachlan’s catalogues.

Unfortunately, this album also suffers some major missteps along the way. Cue “Hello Kitty”, track eight, which indeed proves that curiosity killed the cat. The “Gangnam Style” turned trashy dubstep number is loaded up “like a fat kid on a pack of Smarties” and I have no words, except perhaps that a Japanese audience will probably eat this up. After all, she has a significant fan base in that part of the world. The unnecessary cursing is also an issue on this one, just because it’s sounds so awkward. “Bitchin’ Summer”, I’m looking at you. Lastly, there’s the filler tracks – now granted, this was supposed to be released at the end of summer and maybe I would’ve given songs like “Sippin’ On Sunshine” a pass then, but that and “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” bring the lineup down as a whole. I’m surprised there weren’t other considerations when it came to compiling a track listing.

Despite the lackluster tracks, I’m pleasantly surprised with how Avril Lavigne turned out. There’s a charm on this album, at least more so than on 2007’s The Best Damn Thing or 2011’s Goodbye Lullaby. However, it’s way too late to repair the damage of those two eras when it comes to the numbers. Lavigne’s audience has grown up, and though she has her moments of maturity, it can be lost considering its first two singles were childish and ran their course without making a significant impact. Couple that with the fact that Epic’s radio department has shrunk significantly this year and a general frustration of the record group from even its own acts like Cher Lloyd and Karmin and this will likely be an effort that fades from the charts pretty quickly. Nevertheless, it is one of the singer’s stronger albums to date, so I do wish her the best. Perhaps current single “Let Me Go” will act a rallying cry from the singer; after all the push backs and singles indecision, she deserves a better team behind her.

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Avril Lavigne – “Here’s To Never Growing Up” (+ Lyrics)

"Up" up and away.

She’s “never” ever ever going to do it.

From the days of Let Go with hit singles like “Complicated” and “Sk8er Boi” to her newest release “Here’s To Never Growing Up”, Avril Lavigne has still got the pop punk princess image down. Her last album, Goodbye Lullaby, came and went quickly without the success of her first few eras, but she’s hoping to impress with this one of hers. Who knows? Maybe it’ll be the graduation anthem of this year. Lavigne’s first single from her forthcoming album due this summer was written and produced by David Hodges, a former member of Evanescence and Martin Johnson, the lead singer for the pop band Boys Like Girls. It’s now at radio and on iTunes, where you can find a link below to download. Enjoy!

DOWNLOAD “Here’s To Never Growing Up” on iTunes. / LISTEN to “Here’s To Never Growing Up”.

“HERE’S TO NEVER GROWING UP”
(Hodges/Johnson)

[Chorus – Half]
Singing Radiohead at the top of our lungs
With the boom box blaring as we’re falling in love
Got a bottle of whatever, but it’s getting us drunk
Singing “here’s to never growing up”

[Verse 1]
Call up all our friends
Go hard this weekend
For no damn reason
I don’t think we’ll ever change
Meet you at the spot
Half past 10’clock
We don’t ever stop
And we’re never gonna change

[Bridge]
Say
Won’t you stay forever
Stay
If you stay forever
Hey
We can stay forever young

[Chorus]
Singing Radiohead at the top of our lungs
With the boom box blaring as we’re falling in love
Got a bottle of whatever, but it’s getting us drunk
Singing “here’s to never growing up”
We’ll be running down the street yelling “kiss my (hey!)”
I’m like yeah, whatever, we’re still living like that
When the sun goes down, we’ll be raising our cups
Singing “here’s to never growing up”
Oh-oh (Here’s to never growing up)
Oh-oh (Here’s to never growing up)

[Verse 2]
We live like rockstars
Dance on every bar
This is who we are
I don’t think we’ll ever change
They say just grow up
But they don’t know us
We don’t give a f–k
And we’re never gonna change

[Bridge]
Say
Won’t you stay forever
Stay
If you stay forever
Hey
We can stay forever young

[Chorus]
Singing Radiohead at the top of our lungs
With the boom box blaring as we’re falling in love
Got a bottle of whatever, but it’s getting us drunk
Singing “here’s to never growing up”
We’ll be running down the street yelling “kiss my (hey!)”
I’m like yeah, whatever, we’re still living like that
When the sun goes down, we’ll be raising our cups
Singing “here’s to never growing up”
Oh-oh (Here’s to never growing up)
Oh-oh (Here’s to never growing up)

[Bridge]
Say
Won’t you stay forever
Stay
If you stay forever
Hey
We can stay forever young

[Chorus]
Singing Radiohead at the top of our lungs
With the boom box blaring as we’re falling in love
Got a bottle of whatever, but it’s getting us drunk
Singing “here’s to never growing up”
We’ll be running down the street yelling “kiss my (hey!)”
I’m like yeah, whatever, we’re still living like that
When the sun goes down, we’ll be raising our cups
Singing “here’s to never growing up”
Oh-oh (Here’s to never growing up)
Oh-oh (Here’s to never growing up) (Raise your glass and say!)
Oh-oh (Here’s to never growing up) (And we’re never growing up)
Oh-oh (Here’s to never growing up)

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Springtime Sizzlers: Get Ready For These Rising Releases

We’ve already had some big surprise hits on mainstream radio this year, but there are more hot singles on the horizon that have yet to premiere. It’s always a big battle to get onto those pop playlists, but these three acts may just have the right stuff to convince programmers to add them. From big voices to big fan bases, here are some interesting new releases to look forward to as spring comes around.

"Up" up and away.

“Up” up and away.

AVRIL LAVIGNE – “Here’s To Never Growing Up”
Epic Records

Ten years after she took over the pop world with songs like “Complicated” and “Sk8er Boi”, Canada’s pop punk princess has gone through a lot. After a disappointing era two years ago with Goodbye Lullaby, most known for lead single, “What The Hell”, Lavigne moved from RCA to Epic Records after two underperforming followup singles and finished work on this upcoming fifth album during the summer. She also broke up with boyfriend Brody Jenner and began a relationship with Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroeger. The two announced their engagement last August. Kroeger has also been involved in the writing and production on his girlfriend’s new effort. Something tells me we’ll be getting a breakup song or two on it. Lavigne’s first single from the album was written and produced by David Hodges, a former member of Evanescence and Martin Johnson, the lead singer for the pop band Boys Like Girls. It’s scheduled to be released to radio and iTunes on April 9. Based on the title, it doesn’t exactly sound like Lavigne has matured from the sound or image that made her famous a decade ago, but perhaps it can still work for her so far into her career. We’ll see. If not, maybe we could see her judging on a reality show competition in the future. She’s certainly been in the industry enough to mentor young performers.

Get down "Tonight".

Get down “Tonight”.

JESSICA SANCHEZ featuring NE-YO – “Tonight”
Interscope Records

We haven’t heard a lot about 17-year-old Sanchez since placing second on last season of American Idol, just losing out to singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips. Of course, a tour followed the show for several months, but since it’s been over, the singer has been working on a couple of different project. She’s signed on to appear in a four episode arc of the television show Glee, though a character name has not be identified, but her appearances should be airing in April or May. She’s also been working on original music for her first full-length album, reportedly a 16-track effort, which is tentatively due out May 7. Her runner-up single, “Change Nothing”, literally changed nothing for her, so she’s gone in a more dance-driven direction and has been previewing songs like “Fairytale” and “Jump In” in promotional appearances as of recent. However, her leadoff single is a song called “Tonight”, which features Ne-Yo. A video is production, directed by Justin Francis, who has been behind recent videos for Carly Rae Jepsen and Trey Songz. Sanchez also put out a casting notice on social media for backup dancers for the shoot. Will she and her Blujays set her flying to the top of the charts? Sanchez has a strong voice, so we’ll see how she does on this non-ballad. “Tonight” goes to radio by the end of the month.

Oh Brothers, where art thou?

Oh Brothers, where art thou?

JONAS BROTHERS – “Pom Poms”
Jonas Records

The JoBros are back together and ready to go burnin’ up the charts again with their first radio single release and full-length album (outside of a television soundtrack) in nearly four years. After their last album, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, produced only a minor top-40 hit in “Paranoid”, the boys pursued other options, including two seasons of a Disney Channel scripted series called JONAS (later Jonas L.A.), which ran through the fall of 2010. Brothers Joe and Nick both released solo efforts, the former with a band called Nick Jonas and the Administration. Though both of their albums debuted decently, they failed to achieve any sort of longevity due to little radio support. Last year, oldest brother Kevin appeared on the reality show Married To Jonas with his wife Danielle, which was renewed for a second season several months ago. After a few one-off performances, one of which was highlighted on that show, the three boys finished cutting material for an album, which will likely be out this summer. It’s the first for the trio on their self-released label after a split from Hollywood Records last year. The video for “Pom Poms” was shot a few weeks back in New Orleans, and from a leaked video still, it appears that Joe is singing a lead and there’s at least a six-piece brass section, including a few saxophones and trombones. While this one won’t end up a cheerleading classic like “Be True To Your School” or “Mickey”, it’ll be a welcome return for all those tweenagers who need a jump-start back into their Jonai obsession. Look for it in the next few weeks.

Which release are you looking forward to most? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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