#4: Another Favorite Song! “Sk8ter Boi”

Another favorite song of mine is “Sk8er Boi”. The upbeat and fast instrumentals make this song great. Not only that, but the cute little love story behind it contributes to its greatness. The song is about a girl and a boy who liked each other, but never admit to it. The boy was not good enough for her, and unfortunately was rejected. As years past, the girl was sitting at home and saw the boy on MTV. Regretting it, she finally decided to be with him. In my opinion, the song deserves to be a movie. It was actually announced by Avril that this song will be made into a movie. Producers of a film decided to use the plot of the song in 2003, but the production stalled for some reason and never happened. I believe this song PERFECTLY sums up Avril Lavigne’s style, which at the time was “Punk rock chick”.

The song starts off talking about a boy and a girl, whose appearances were completely opposite of each other, the girl was a ballerina and the boy was a skater. Despite the differences, the boy and girl liked each other very much but would never admit to it. Of course, the girl’s friends did not approve of him due to his appearance and “baggy clothes”.

He was a boy
She was a girl
Can I make it anymore obvious?
He was a punk.
She did ballet.
What more can I say?
He wanted her.
She’d never tell.
Secretly she wanted him as well.
And all of her friends
Stuck up their nose.
And they had a problem with his baggy clothes.”

 

As the song goes on, the lyrics and story shift gradually. Instead of using second person such as “she”, she begins to use first person and refers to her own self by using “I”. The shifts used in this song show Avril’s creativity as she tries to tell the change in time. The time period changes from past tense to present tense, as Avril describes that she is currently with the boy. Not only that, but the tone and mood of the song changes greatly. The last line of the song says “Singing the song we wrote about the girl you use to know”. I think that refers to Avril and her old style, over the years she turned from a ballerina girl to a punk rock girl. The song that is being referenced, in my opinion is this exact song, Sk8ter Boi. The girl and boy just wrote about their history.

 

He’s just a boy and
I’m just a girl
Can I make it anymore obvious
We are in love
Haven’t you heard
How we rock each others world

I’m with the Skater Boy
I said see ya later boy
I’ll be backstage after the show
I’ll be at the studio
Singing the song we wrote
About the girl you use to know”.


The mood goes from sad and lonely to happy and together. Avril’s originality and personality peek out so heavily throughout this song! I think the overall message throughout this song is certainly do not judge a book by its cover. As well as, if you want to tell someone something, do it, because later on it might be too late and you might regret it. This song gets a rating of 4 out of 5!

#7: Why You Should Listen To This Album!

Although when I first discovered this album at the age of eight I did not exactly understand everything that Avril was singing about, obviously, as I went from the transition from child to teenager to now, I have learned many things and have experienced a lot. As I grew older and continued to listen to this album, I started to connect to “Let Go” more and more…that is the reason why I chose to write about this album; twelve years later and I still love this album!

Now to get to the reasons for my love of this album, every single song throughout this album tells a story, you can actually picture in your head what is going on, like a music video. I also find it amazing how much darkness and emotion could go into the songs without a single curse word. It is popular now to use a curse word every other word in songs just to “connect” with the audience, but Avril manages to get her point and message across without having to do that. Avril Lavigne does not sing about the shiny rims in her car, the diamonds on her neck, or the amount of shoes she has. She sings about personal problems, experiences, and connects to her audiences emotionally. Avril distinguishes herself from the great amount of other artists out there throughout this album which is why it is one of my favorites. Of course the subject of the album is typical; girl troubles, difficulties in life, and boys but it just grabs you in after you listen to it, with her soft voice, yet hard guitars and beats playing in the background Avril takes another approach on it, which makes her different, yet intriguing.

It does not even matter how many years ago this album came out, still great (other than the one sad song) and it will never get old. For Avril Lavigne’s first ever released album, it is outstanding! This was my very first CD I have ever bought, and growing up with it, it still gets the same rating as it did twelve years ago, and from the initial period from when I listened to it, two weeks ago, which is 4.5 out 5!

#6: Where This Album Belongs. Kidz Bop…TRL…?

People do not seem to like Avril Lavigne too much now-a-days. As one person said “This album is for children that still watch Spongebob”. I disagree (I mean c’mon, I STILL watch Spongebob) but definitely think that the popularity of this album has subsided (perhaps because it is so old). Likewise, there are so many other artists out there to suit everyone’s liking of genres now and of course Avril has released many other albums since this one.

 

She doesn’t really play an instrument (she’s clearly faking it on stage and in her videos). She doesn’t even write her own music. All she does, as far as I can tell, is write some of the lyrics. Big deal. I’ll admit that some of the songs on this album are fun and catchy, but Avril has very little to do with that. Don’t believe me? Listen to Avril live in concert: Her voice is screechy, puny, and consistently out of tune.”

As for that review, I completely disagree. I have previously seen Avril Lavigne three times live in concert, she does NOT lip sing and certainly plays the instruments herself. I know because when she played piano and guitar, she messed up and even announced “oh well”. IT HAPPENS. And for her “consistently out of tune voice”, okay so she had a few times where she could not hit the extremely high note, but not very many people can master that. IT ALSO HAPPENS! Nobody is perfect.

Here is actually a video from when Avril makes a MINOR mistake while playing piano, she just laughs it off!

I mostly disagree with these reviews, but I do have to say that I also fairly agree with them as well. In this modern age with so many critical people, this album is perfect for teenagers specifically. If the show still existed, the album songs and most definitely the singles deserve to be played on TRL/MTV. Hearing her stuff once in a while can’t be THAT bad for adults and other critical people…this album is a throw back, a good one! Not only that, but also blasted on some rock radio station or just playing the CD while you’re driving on a highway, somewhere far, just singing along as loud as you can! I have to admit, I love this album, but since it has aged so much, it could also very well fit in on a “Kidz Bop” or a “NOW 345” (whatever number they are at now) CD being played by a young rebellious girl playing dress up and singing into a hairbrush.

Sources:

http://www.amazon.com/Let-Go-Avril-Lavigne/product-reviews/B000066NW0/ref=cm_cr_dp_hist_1?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&filterBy=addOneStar

#5: Song That Makes Me Want To Cry

Although I have to admit that I haven’t listened to all the songs on the album (I skipped them when I was little), after listening to the songs now, I understood why I skipped specific songs when I was younger. Some of them just make me truly sad. This leads to the song that makes me want to cry, which is “I’m With You”.

The song starts off with “I’m standing on a bridge”. In my opinion, Avril is not standing on a literal bridge, it is a metaphor. The metaphor compares the bridge to her future. She feels like she is in the “dark” and cannot move on with her life without the support of that certain someone who she expects to be there, but just isn’t there yet. “It’s a damn cold night”. From my interpretation, this means Avril is so lonely and feels almost “cold” because of the emptiness of being alone. She just cannot figure our her life and wants that someone to “take her somewhere new” perhaps she is sick of the same stuff occurring in her life and how much she keeps getting pushed by others to become famous and “fit in” with the image of her record label. She just wants to go somewhere new, maybe not location wise but life wise or take a different approach on her new career. The lyric “Nothing’s going right, everything’s a mess” also fits very well with that. As for location wise, at this age and time, Avril Lavigne has just recently moved to New York City to pursue her music career. At sixteen, she was most likely homesick; away from friends, home, school, etc.

I think we can all connect to this song, we have all felt “alone” at times. The feeling of loneliness is so powerful and just takes over. I know I myself, at sixteen was single, although young, all my other close friends had boyfriends and I was the only one without a boyfriend for a very long period of time. Of course, I can’t say I’m lonely now because of my friends, family, and boyfriend supporting me, but sometimes the stress from school and other things overpower me and I just want to escape, just want to try something new or go somewhere new. The message in this song about Avril not finding her special someone yet is great however, no doubt about it, thinking about being alone scares me to death. Hence, this song just wanting to make me cry. Great song, but certainly not my favorite on the album. Rating of 3 out of 5!

Sources:

http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/89313/

http://www.metrolyrics.com/im-with-you-lyrics-avril-lavigne.html

#4: Sk8ter Boi!

Another favorite song of mine is “Sk8er Boi”. The upbeat and fast instrumentals make this song great. Not only that, but the cute little love story behind it contributes to its greatness. The song is about a girl and a boy who liked each other, but never admitted to it. The boy was not good enough for her, and unfortunately was rejected. As years past, the girl was sitting at home and saw the boy on MTV. Regretting it, she finally decided to be with him. In my opinion, the song deserves to be a movie. It was actually announced by Avril that this song will be made into a movie. Producers of a film decided to use the plot of the song in 2003, but the production stalled for some reason and never happened. I believe this song PERFECTLY sums up Avril Lavigne’s style, which at the time was “Punk rock chick”.

The song starts off talking about a boy and a girl, who’s appearances were completely opposite of each other, the girl was a ballerina and the boy was a skater. Despite the differences, the boy and girl liked each other very much but would never admit to it. Of course, the girl’s friends did not approve of him due to his appearance and “baggy clothes”.

He was a boy. She was a girl

Can I make it anymore obvious?

He was a punk. She did ballet.

What more can I say? He wanted her.

She’d never tell. Secretly she wanted him as well.

And all of her friends. Stuck up their nose.

And they had a problem with his baggy clothes.”

As the song goes on, the lyrics and story shift gradually. Instead of using second person such as “she”, she begins to use first person and refers to her own self by using “I”. The shifts used in this song show Avril’s creativity as she tries to tell the change in time. The time period changes from past tense to present tense, as Avril describes that she is currently with the boy. Not only that, but the tone and mood of the song changes greatly. The last line of the song says “Singing the song we wrote about the girl you use to know”. I think that refers to Avril and her old style, over the years she turned from a ballerina girl to a punk rock girl. The song that is being referenced, in my opinion is this exact song, Sk8ter Boi. The girl and boy wrote about their past.

He’s just a boy and I’m just a girl

Can I make it anymore obvious

We are in love. Haven’t you heard?

How we rock each others world

I’m with the Skater Boy. I said see ya later boy

I’ll be backstage after the show. I’ll be at the studio

Singing the song we wrote. About the girl you use to know”.

The mood goes from sad and lonely to happy and together. Her originality and personality peak out so heavily throughout this song! I think the overall message throughout this song is simpyl…do not judge a book by its cover. As well as, if you want to tell someone something, do it, because later on it might be too late and you might regret it. This song gets a rating of 4.5 out of 5!

Sources:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/avrillavigne/sk8erboi.html

#3: Most Calming Song! “Tomorrow”

Another song on this album I enjoy is “Tomorrow”. Although it sounds very depressing because of the acoustic guitars in the background and the slow beats, it makes me very relaxed and calm. Unlike the rest of the songs on this album, this song is very different. It is a slow song featuring Avril’s great soft vocals. Which in my opinion, makes the song even better because it just “fits”. It is very general, and not about a specific event, but in my opinion, just about the difficulties or hard decisions in life, keeping in mind the positive outcomes that the future or “tomorrow” holds. The chorus of the song basically sums up the entire message of the song and says:

 “I don’t know how I’ll feel

Tomorrow, tomorrow,

I don’t know what to say

Tomorrow, tomorrow

Is a different day”.

 To me these are very familiar and meaningful words. Whenever something goes wrong or not the way I would like it to, in my eyes, everything will be alright the next day. At those times, I just do not know what to say or even how to react, which is understanding why Avril would say she doesn’t know how she will feel or what to say. Just like what one of my tattoos says, and like my grand mother says “Sleep it off, tomorrow is a new day. Everything will be okay”. That is what I get from this chorus and it is very significant to me.

Looking through Avril’s point of view, her life at that age was very difficult. She had to earn everything she got, she didn’t just get to where she is now without any effort. It is amazing to me that Avril had a recording contract locked in when she was at the age of sixteen! That, of course had it’s downfalls such as Avril having to drop out of school after the eleventh grade. After having to make very difficult decisions in her teenage years, Avril always thought about “tomorrow” and what the future has in store for her because of her amazing talents and efforts, with constant motivation and determination. There are always situations and experiences in everyone’s lives that are not so great, but what personally gets me through my days, is thinking about my future and that I still have so many years left to live and learn. This song gets a high rating of 4 out of 5!

 

Sources:

http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/89437/

#2: Favorite Song. “Complicated”

One of my favorite songs on this album is “Complicated” because of how much this songs reflects on my life and I. I discovered it after hearing it on the radio. Whenever I listened to this song, I always thought and still think of my best friend. This was probably not the meaning of the song through Avril’s eyes, but that is why this is my favorite song I connected to it in a different way. When I was younger, and even to this day, me and my best friend would have little quarrels because I thought she was always someone else in front me and then in front of her friends and vice versa. It all makes sense now because of the age we were at at that time, but like the song said “You’re tryin’ to be cool you look like a fool to me”…exactly what I felt, it frustrated me so much. More generally, this song could also very well connect to many other people, especially in high school, who were two-faced. “I see the way you’re acting like you’re somebody else gets me frustrated”. That line could not explain my feelings at the time (and still to this day) any more accurately.

Another reason why I like this song is because of the beats and Avril’s range of vocals. Despite the fast playing guitar in the background, Avril still manages to sing slowly but at the same time include such a great message behind the song. Another thing that I absolutely love is the tiny bit of auto tune put in to make her voice almost a little bit raspy…great combination!

After doing some research, Avril’s definition of the song was about previous boyfriends or just in general, how fake people could be. While recording this song she actually said “People sometimes bother me how they’re not real and how they’re just, like, putting on a face and being two-faced”. Being that Avril dropped out of high school only 1-2 years ago to pursue her music career, she was definitely not a stranger to the cliques, “fakeness”, and drama throughout high school, which was a strong motivating factor for this song to be written. Looking through the internet, this song received a huge amount of awards. Not only that, but it was used in various movie soundtracks, video games, parodies and covers. Looks like everyone in some way made a connection to this song! No surprise that this song was one of her singles. Complicated definitely sums up the entire album.

Despite my connection and reaction to this song being pretty negative, it just makes me think of how far I have come with my friend. We have both known each other since we were crawling around in diapers, not being able to talk. The song just makes me see how much good and bad we have went through, but no matter what we’ll always be friends. And for the people in this world, there is always going to be fake and two-faced people. In the words of Avril,“Life’s like this”. ;P

Song gets a rating of 4.5 out of 5!

Sources:

http://searchwithstoryoftheyear.swagbucks.com/p/prize/27385/Avril-Lavigne-Complicated-MP3-Single

http://www.radaronline.com/photos/image/121978/2011/03/stars-who-never-graduate-high-school

http://www.metrolyrics.com/complicated-lyrics-avril-lavigne.html

#1: Why I Chose Avril Lavigne’s “Let Go”

The album I chose to do for the personal album choice was Avril Lavigne’s “Let Go”. I am not very fond of these solo girl bands, however as soon as I saw the album title, I had a little flash of my childhood return to me. Throwback!!! It made me think of so many memories, both good and bad. The album came out in 2002, made me realize that I was only eight years old. Since I was in third grade at this time (WOW), it just reminded me of how awkward of a child I was and how awkward I probably looked when I listened to Avril Lavigne on my CD player. I wasn’t aware of that I guess, but I didn’t care; Avril was like a god to me at that age (I didn’t know better). I certainly did not realize how much of a pain in the ass I was when I would ask my dad to play the CD in the car every single time.

In my opinion, this was the best of all of Avril’s albums. The combination of punk, rock, pop, and country is great! Looks like the audiences agree with me because this was Avril’s most selling album, 19 million copies were sold worldwide! By this time, probably even more copies were sold. Not only that, but making a high spot on the billboard charts. Avril was struggling at this time to “find” herself, the album goes exactly with her style, image, etc. At this time, Avril was very similar to Pink in my opinion. Funny how someone in a review said Avril is “ borrowing Pink’s “tough girl” image” because that is one of the reasons why I chose this album. Despite their huge similarities, Avril strongly distinguishes herself. In her album, Avril wasn’t pretending to be something she’s not (at that time), which most artists do now-a-days just to make money. However, despite Avril being older and more mature, I think she is unfortunately a sell out and pretends too much now that she is so famous. Lastly, the reason why I chose this album was because of the fact that Avril Lavigne writes all her lyrics herself, that distinguishes her from other artists as well as shows how real the experiences and situations in her songs really are. I find it pretty amazing how creative and talented she is for her age at the time, she was only seventeen when this album was recorded. The album gets a rating of 4.5 out of 5!

Sources:

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/5250/Avril-Lavigne-Let-Go/

 http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/let-go-20020702