Under My Skin



Avril comes into her own.
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What parents need to know

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.

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.

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.

Families can talk 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.

Music details

Artist:Avril Lavigne
Release date:May 25, 2004
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No
Award:Common Sense Media Award

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Teen, 16 years old Written byPuppygal32 June 15, 2010

Teen album!

Avril sing and lets young girls know to never let a guy take advantage of you, she models that and knows what she wants. Great role model for teens!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written bynazz4ever September 15, 2009

one of her best cds so far!:]

she sings about refusing to have sex with a guy she doesnt love much.i say thats very good
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written bySwrilCD April 9, 2008

A great rock album

I thought it was great


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