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Under My Skin

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

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 34 reviews

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 byBlurbie April 9, 2008

As good as her last one

It does seem like Avril is trying too hard for this album but it's still a bit of alright!
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!
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'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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