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 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.
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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.