Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Let Me Go | Avril Lavigne featuring Chad Kroeger

Rating: ★★★★☆

After releasing "Rock N Roll" at the end August, Avril Lavigne has been quite the hot topic. Although the single flopped on the charts, the music video was able to generate a buzz on social media sites, and now Lavigne is coming back... in a much more mature and dark manner with "Let Me Go."

This song is a big change of pace from the last two singles lifted from Lavigne's upcoming album. "Here's To Never Growing Up" and "Rock N Roll" both took a pop direction, with only former being the only one to chart within the scope of the upper half of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number twenty and certifying Platinum. 


Meanwhile, "Let Me Go" takes a harder approach, targeting  the jugular of contemporary radio stations. It builds up from a basic piano line to a forest of drum and string lines, then back down to end on a few notes of the piano, giving me some vibes of some select Evanescence pieces with a production style similar to Nickelback.

The song also features Lavigne's new husband, Chad Kroeger, whose voice is extremely annoying; I can't think of him outside of his awful work with Nickelback. As expected, his solo verse is no different and is just as annoying as ever, but when Lavigne sang the lead with Kroeger singing the harmonies underneath, the sound was immaculate. The blend between the two of them is amazing; I would have never expected the two to sound so well together.

At first, I thought Avril Lavigne was going to be filled with catchy pop tunes, but now I have different views; I feel like this could be quite similar to Goodbye Lullaby, but better. With all three singles being amazing at this point, I'm gladly going to pick the new album when it's released on November 5.

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