Under My Skin

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Avril comes into her own.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 34 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Nothing to worry about.


Not an issue.


"Don't Tell Me" describes a confused and angry young woman fending off an overeager boyfriend.


"Kick your ass" is as strong as it gets.


Heavily promoted as "noncommercial."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing obvious.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Avril Lavigne serves up teen angst as alt-rock power ballads. Though she's marketed as a punk princess, her material actually sounds pretty mainstream. There's little for parents to worry about here, and Avril is a much better role model than Britney Spears.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykshilton April 9, 2008

Avril will grow on you.

This album is very real life. Her lyrics are a little dark, but they make you think. She uses some mild language, but nothing too shocking. I would be comfor... Continue reading
Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008
Avril isn't a punk but at least listening to this album will make all poseur punks (fans of simple plan, ect.) extremely mad. We all know how annoying pose... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 31, 2018

Positive messages, some strong language

It has a usage of the A-word and a usage of the S-word. Both those songs were singles.

Don't Tell Me is about a girl whose boyfriend is forcing him to do... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 July 3, 2013

Pretty Solid Album

I didn't start listening to Avril until 2013, and once I heard her songs I really started to like it. Avril's voice isn't the strongest but it... Continue reading

What's the story?

Avril Lavigne, a 19-year-old Canadian punk princess, offers a dozen angst-filled tunes on UNDER MY SKIN. She seems to have come into her own since her debut CD, Let Go, revealing more of herself while also becoming an assertive and commanding performer. If there's any message here, it's a good one: It's OK for girls to be themselves. The single, \"Don't Tell Me,\" describes a confused and angry young woman fending off an overeager boyfriend. Lyrics on some other songs are mostly about naval-gazing, self-absorbed teenage loneliness.

Is it any good?

Avril does a terrific job delivering one guitar-fueled power ballad after another in a voice that is girlish yet strong and expressive. Marketed as "Anti-Diva" complicated-teen-punk-rocker, Avril Lavigne may sound pretty mainstream to parents who remember the punks of the early '80s, but so what? Let the girls close their bedroom doors and listen all they want. Avril has something to say to them, and she's WAY better than Britney.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the song "Don't Tell Me," in which Avril makes it clear that she's not comfortable getting sexually involved with a boy. It can pave the way for a discussion about being strong and knowing how to say no if you're not ready for sex.

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