Friday, January 14, 2011

Best. Pop. Song. EVER. (Rec of the Week post)

Quick Update: My friend has been noticing a lot of teachers resemble celebrities. For instance, her old math teacher looks like Bobby Monyham's bald twin.

Song Stuck in My Head: "Arms of an Angel" by Sarah McLachlan. Mostly because we were talking about persuasive ads in literature, and my teacher mentioned the depressing commercial of cats and dogs in Humanes Society pounds.

Okay. You've been warned. It's time to release the fangirl on -

Avril Lavigne.

She's mostly known for being some teen, pop/rock Canadian who emerged in 2002 with songs like "I'm With You" and "Complicated". By 2007, she'd become a sort of punky pop goddess. Never a fan of autotune or having songs written for her, Avril is a converse-wearing, tie-loving, raccoon-eyed rocker with a sweet and outrageously "innocent" voice, despite the tattoo of the F word on her ribcage.

And had it not been for hearing her guitar-heavy hit "Sk8r Boi" back whenI was a big-eyed and music-clueless tween, I would not care for the heavy or alternative rock I love today. So, pretty much, I'm eternally grateful to Avril.

Well, her fourth album, "Goodbye Lullaby", is due in March and the early listeners of it rave about how it's very anti-pop, and full of acoustic and piano ballads. Except the first single off the album, of course. A single that's already #2 on the Itunes charts, after being debuted on Dick Clark's Rockin New Years special.

It's synthy, entergetic, brutally honest, feisty, and demanding to be sung along to. It's fun, with lyrics like "I'd rather rage" and "I'm messing with your head". It's a testament of independence - independence against the media, who still think of her as some punk teenager even though she's 26 now, and independence against her first marriage, to Sum 41 lead singer Deryck Whibley. It's "What the Hell".

I don't usually like pop melodies, but Avril tends to be the main excption. I absolutely adore this song. And, as a writer and not fangirl speaking, it's suitable for a rebellious character or a goody-goody about to take an epic journey to the wild side. *wink*

Okay, going back to reading blogs now. Have a good weekend guys!


  1. Ooh, thanks for posting! I'm a huge Avril fangirl, and I've been wondering when her next album comes out. I'm excited to hear it'll have a lot of acoustic songs and balalds. Yay!

  2. Avril has had numerous songs co-written, all you need to do is check the linear notes in Let Go to see that she wrote several songs with her producer, Clif Magness. She's also had help writing with Chantal Kreviazuk, Evan Taubenfeld (her guitarist), Ben Moody, Kara Dioguardi, Butch Walker...

  3. lol, I'm not really an Avril fan...I used to be though, when I was still just beginning to find my style of music.
    she's 26??? whoa, she looks like fifteen. that's supposed to be a complement... take care

  4. @SandyWilliams Coolio. And I'm glad I spread the news. I've been sort of worshiping her fansite for a while now.

    @Brad I'm guessing you're a fan? LOL. Apparently she wrote a few of the songs on this album alone, which I'm proud of.

    @LittleBrokenHeart Yeah, her voice gets younger each year too, I'm starting to think she's related to Benjamin Button.