Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Rock N Roll | Avril Lavigne

Rating: ★★★★☆

After the moderate success of "Here's To Never Growing Up," Avril Lavigne is ready to continue on with the promotion of her upcoming untitled album by releasing a second second single. Earlier this week, she released the entirety of "Rock N Roll" on YouTube and I'm actually pretty impressed.

Like what happened with "Here's To Never Growing Up," Lavigne is once again trying to market herself to the audience she once did with Let Go with her faux-punk lyrics and attitude. However, she's also trying to aim for high positions on the music charts with rather recognizable beats from Max Martin. 

Speaking of Martin, I'm proud that he went outside of his generic pop bubble a bit for this song, sampling beats of Queen's "We Will Rock You" and giving the song the illusion of being a heavier song than it actually is. The production isn't exemplary when compared to some other producers out there, but it's one of Martin's bests attempts in my book.

Although I did like the production of the song, I instantly found a problem with the lyrics: they're censored. I'm praying that an explicit version of the song will be available soon enough. Lavigne tries to make a reference to her previous single "Girlfriend" by once again declaring herself a "motherfucking princess," but in this song, it censored to "motherfreaking princess." Really, Lavigne? Really? If you want the punk-rock attitude, don't be afraid to let the curse words roll on out.

Other than the censored lyrics, I have nothing to complain about on this song, and as strange as it sounds, I actually like where Lavigne's going with this album. If both "Here's To Never Growing Up" and "Rock N Roll" represent the upcoming album appropriately, I can already make a prediction that this album may be my favorite album from Lavigne to date. I know she's had a messy past of trying to find out which group of fans she's trying to cater to, but it is quite evident with "Rock N Roll" that she may have finally hit her sweet spot between Let Go and The Best Damn Thing.

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