Avril Lavigne: Under My Skin
By: Linda Spielman
She's not a girlie girl,
yet feels all the same emotions of a typical nineteen year-old girl.
Those emotions run the gamut from the frustration of troubled relationships
to the somewhat startling realities of becoming an adult. Avril
Lavigne is also unapologetic for her anti-pop princess like
style. While everyone else is baring their butts (along with other
body parts), Lavigne is kicking butts right beside the boys in the
music world with her sophomore effort Under My Skin
Not one to shy away
from calling it like she sees it, Lavigne's first single from the
CD, Don't Tell Me, is a kick in the face to every boy, guy
and man who's taken advantage of his girlfriend. Lavigne's "I'm
out of here, I can do better" anthem is a perfect introduction for
both old and new fans to a grown up and more mature Lavigne.
Enlisting the help of
(of Marvelous 3), Raine Maida (of Our
Lady Peace) and Don Gilmore (Linkin Park), Under My Skin
is darker in content, yet just as guitar-laden and rocked out as
Lavigne's debut Let Go. Written primarily by Lavigne and
Maida's wife Chantal
Kreviazuk, whose instant friendship translated into the consistent
and effortless writing of the tracks for the CD, Under My Skin
exemplifies the growth Lavigne has experienced since she emerged
onto the scene two years ago.
The chemistry between
Chantal Kreviazuk and Avril Lavigne transcended into the inevitable
recording of much of the CD at the Malibu, CA home that Kreviazuk
shares with Maida. The endless nights of recording and producing
left the duo with songs ready for pressing. Whether it is the ocean
air, the new living/recording arrangements, or a chance to write
songs free from any industry overhead, Under My Skin is
truly a solid piece of work that Lavigne can be very proud of.
Under My Skin
takes you on a wild ride from start to finish. If you were expecting
anything less from Avril Lavigne, then you probably didn't get where
she was coming from originally. She loves her guitar, and every
song has it's own identity when it comes to those melodies and riffs.
Who Knows will have your head bobbing along just like Sk8er
Boi did. Take Me Away has the dramatic, smoldering verse
that makes one wonder how someone so young, could figure out life's
complexities. The most brooding of the twelve tracks are Forgotten
and Nobody's Home, which reveal the angst and heartache that
even so-called rockstar princesses face in their everyday lives.
Under My Skin is a powerhouse of musical and mental maturity
that Avril Lavigne is quite willing to wear on her sleeve and share
with the world.