A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Avril Lavigne continues her usual theme of teen rebellion on her single "Here's to Never Growing Up," but has upped the angst, profanity, and references to drinking. The message in the song and video (which shows her running amok at prom with her cohorts) that she refuses to grow up and doesn't "give a f--k" makes this song best for teens.
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What's the story?
Avril Lavigne continues to sing about being a teen rebel in this single from her upcoming fifth album. "HERE'S TO NEVER GROWING UP" shows Lavigne still doesn't care about acting like an adult as she trashes the halls of her high school in the music video and gloats "We'll be running down the street yelling kiss my ass, / I'm like yeah whatever, we're still living like that."
Is it any good?
If you like classic Avril Lavigne, then you'll probably love "Here's to Never Growing Up," even if you're kind of wishing she would finally grow up. Adults will be hooked by nostalgia with the first line ("Singing Radiohead at the top of our lungs / With the boom box blaring as we're falling in love") while everyone else will be singing "Here's to never growing up" at the top of their lungs. And the clever nods to "Complicated" in the music video are fun to watch.
If this were Lavigne's first or second album, it would be a satisfying hit. But this is her fifth album and nothing new is being brought to the table. And seeing her run around pretending she's at her senior prom when really she's almost 30 is just kind of sad. It may be tongue-in-cheek, but it's starting to get a little old. Hopefully her new music will keep the energy of "Here's to Never Growing Up," but will bring some much-needed maturity.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Lavigne's image. Do you think she's a positive role model for kids? Why or why not?
Why do you think Lavigne referenced her "Complicated" music video in "Here's to Never Growing Up"? What's similar about the two videos?
Lavigne is an adult. Do you think she should still be singing about teen issues and themes?