Avril Lavigne disappoints with uninspiring new single

It was five years ago that a then 28-year-old Avril Lavigne released her last hit song ‘Here’s To Never Growing Up’: “I got a bottle of whatever, but it’s getting us drunk/Singing, here’s to never growing up”. Despite her apparent fear of getting older, Lavigne does seem to have grown up quite a bit.

Her latest release ‘Head Above Water’ sounds cleaner. The up-tempo beats we know from hits such as ‘Girlfriend’ and ‘Sk8ter Boi’ are replaced by heavy drums and dramatic violins. And though the result sounds unlike anything Lavigne has created before, it is far from original; the chord progressions and structure are like any other power ballad. According to Lavigne, the song references her battle with Lyme disease: “One night, I thought I was dying […] I prayed, ‘God, please help to keep my head above the water.’ In that moment, the songwriting of this album began.” It is clear that a sudden interest in the spiritual is heavily influencing Avril Lavigne’s new music. We just have to wait and see if that influence will be positive. ‘Head Above Water’ is not too promising.

Image: Rosa Casapullo via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Niki
    Oct 24, 2018 - 02:24 AM

    Avril Lavigne is doing AMAZING! “Head Above Water” IS promising! Just because it’s somewhat of a different sound doesn’t mean it’s a bad song. It’s deeply personal and a part of her journey. Artists change over time. They experience different things. They grow in different ways as does her music. How can a human experience that is transformative and reflective in her art and music not be appreciated? There needs to be variety rather than just singing songs like “Sk8er Boi” for the rest of her life. She is an artist and artists explore. It’s a part of the craft.

    • Dave
      Oct 24, 2018 - 07:23 PM

      Lol Niki it’s trash xd


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