The Best Damn Thing

 
Narcissistic but spunky girl-power pop-punk.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Overall message of self-esteem and girl-power, but Lavigne comes across as self absorbed.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language

"S--t" is narrowly avoided once with a last-minute swerve; You'll hear "hell" and "damn" a few times, and there's a special deluxe version with a parental advisory sticker (for "Motherf--ker").

Consumerism

CD insert contains ads for ring tones and other products.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

"Lets party till we drop/drinkin' beer nonstop."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Avril comes tearing out of the gate with a dozen chirpy, teen-friendly, girl-power anthems, enhanced with energetic punk-pop instrumentals and cheerleader ambiance. Reminiscent of eighties groups like the Go-Go's, Avril seems to have cheered up a lot since her last album came out. She also isn't afraid to be direct and snarky on several tracks -- an attitude that tends to overshadow the decent songs on the album. "S--t" is narrowly avoided once with a last-minute swerve and you'll hear "hell" and "damn" a few times. There's a deluxe version with a parental advisory sticker (for "Motherf--ker").

What's the story?

With energy, spunk, and cheerful hand claps, Avril Lavigne lets her male friend know, in no uncertain terms, that she doesn't like the girl he's dating. \"You could do so much better/I think we should get together now/And that's what everybody's talking about/Hey hey, you you, I don't like your girlfriend…\" Irresistibly infectious, the song will ring true for many girls who find friendships changing when the boys they hang out with fall in love -- with someone else. When she's not indulging in snarky send-ups, Avril delivers strong girl-power messages (although sometimes heavy on self-absorption) with a flamboyant and direct touch (\"I'm better off without you anyway/I thought it would be hard but I'm OK/I don't need you if you're going to be that way/Cause with me it's all or nothing\" in \"I Can Do Better\").

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Though other lyrics address more traditional lovesick longing, there's an overall sense of empowerment and control, spiced with an ironic wink that helps get these simple, appealing songs across. There's no doubt that tween girls will sing along on the hook-filled choruses, but their parents and older siblings might find themselves surprisingly engaged as well, especially on "Keep Holding On," the album's dramatic finale.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about "Girlfriend," a song in which Avril tells a boy that she doesn't like his new squeeze because she likes him. What would you do if you liked a taken guy?

Music details

Artist:Avril Lavigne
Release date:April 17, 2007
Label:RCA
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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13+

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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written bychocoluv July 28, 2014
age 13+
 

Great album

Surprisingly, I actually checked out this album at my local library when I was 8 or 9. >.< Watch out for the "D" word! ;)
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old August 7, 2013
age 10+
 

Kinda immature in some ways.

tbh, this albums kind of immature for an avril album, but keep holding on is good.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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