Let Go

Common Sense Media says

Confessional pop-rock, catchy tunes tap into teen angst.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

In Avril Lavigne's confessional and autobiographical songs, she sometimes exhibits an inner strength that allows her to overcome problems in her relationships.

Positive role models

Lavigne uses her songs to express her feelings about various issues -- loneliness, insecurity, her dissatisfaction with a boyfriend -- rather than letting negative feelings be bottled up inside her.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Very little, at least in specific terms. "Sk8er Boi" references a single mother but otherwise typical "teen in love" stuff, without the details.

Language

The only overt curse word on the entire album is a single "ass."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

In "Too Much to Ask," Lavigne sings to a boy, "You chose weed over me / You're so lame."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that all the songs on Let Go, Avril Lavigne's 2002 pop-rock debut album, are clean but emotionally edgy and often dark. There is just one drug mention ("weed"), and it's negative. Lavigne was just 17 when the album was released and became an international smash, selling more than 18 million copies and producing two major hits: "Complicated" (in which the boy she likes acts differently when he's around others) and the punky "Sk8ter Boy" (in which a boy she rejected because she didn't think he was good enough for her, goes on to fame as a skateboarder).

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Seventeen-year-old Canadian singer tops the charts all over the world with stirring ballads and catchy rock tunes dealing with teenage angst and problematic relationships with boys. At a time when youthful groups such as the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync were still topping the charts with shallow, generic fluff, the girl from small-town Ontario, Canada, offered her mostly teen female audience something deeper and a bit darker: more than a dozen confessional songs (co-written with professional writers and producers) about relationship woes, loneliness, insecurity, confusion, self-discovery, and perseverance.

Is it any good?

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Nearly every song has a catchy hook, and several tunes powerfully blend layers of electric guitars with more calming acoustic textures.  Lavigne has a way of expressing herself simply and directly that makes her songs easy to relate to. She's a solid singer, and the music ranges from guitar-heavy crunch-rock to delicate, nicely rendered ballads. "Complicated" is a bona fide classic, but there are other strong tunes, too, such as the punky hit "Sk8er Boi," the infectious, clearly autobiographical "My World," and "Anything But Ordinary," which begins with this common teen sentiment: "Sometimes I get so weird /I even freak myself out."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Avril Lavigne's songs appeal so much to teenagers. It it the subject matter or the catchy tunes?

  • Do you think these songs, written when Avril Lavigne was 15 and 16 years old, are still as meaningful to her now that she is in her late 20s?

  • What other art forms, besides songwriting, are valuable for expressing your feelings?

Music details

Artist:Avril Lavigne
Release date:June 4, 2002
Type:Album
Label:Arista
Genre:Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written bynazz4ever September 15, 2009
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she says ass one time otherwise the cds great...

What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written bybigair January 6, 2010
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No language to be concerned of on this album. Most words aren't words you'd find offensive to those most intrested in listening (d**n, a*s). Brief drug refrence (also nothing to be concerned about). More good stuff than bad stuff here.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written bymikee990 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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A good cd for 10+

This cd is worth it if you like punk-rock and pop-rock. The whole cd is clean except for track 4 which every 20-40 seconds says it's that d-mn cold night. If you think you or your kids can take it, it's worth it.

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