The Problem With... Avril Lavigne's "What the Hell"


Man, just seeing the name Avril Lavigne on the charts again takes me back to my teenage years. Back then, I loathed her singles "Complicated" and "Sk8er Boi" for their obvious pretense toward skater punks. Seems little has changed.

Today, as I look back at Avril's career, it seems she was always misbranded as a skater punk. Her songs were more poppy than anything -- with even maybe a little country-pop thrown in.

And yet, while Avril has branched out her talents since her 2002 debut Let Go -- she even performed duets with fellow Canadians Sarah McLachlan and Alanis Morissette -- she's still dragging around that bratty punk brand. We can see as much with Avril's latest single "What the Hell," a cotton-candy, Disney Channel-like pop track with some indie-pop influences.

Surely, at this very moment, Miley Cyrus must be raging red as she shouts, "What the hell?! That's my sound!"

Except that, well, this has always been Lavigne's sound. This song's beat sounds like it was essentially recycled from her single "Girlfriend" from a couple of years back. And the chords at the chorus, while catchy enough, seem recycled, too -- they're suspiciously similar to the chords from Miike Snow's "Animal."

So the sound hasn't really changed. But what about the subject matter? Uh, sorry, folks.

Once again, Lavigne's bitching about a controlling-yet-open boyfriend here. Which is it? Hmmm. Does it matter? Either way, there is a gross lack of communication in this relationship. Seems that Avril needs to make up her mind -- maybe's she's to blame for everything in her life being so compli-cay-ted.

Get with it, Avril! You're about the same age as I am. And I've learned some stuff in my years, I like to think.

It's clear, though: You have not.

What the hell?

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Ialiveayoua
Ialiveayoua

Funny, when I first heard this one I thought, "What the hell?" Maybe she's going for the Miley Approach and sticking to her ever loyal tween fan crowd for the sake of selling a few more records.

Giuggiu6
Giuggiu6

Fuck you Avril's The best singer!!!!Miley Cirus Is a BITCH!!!

MattL1
MattL1

I can't speak to the merits of the WHOLE song, but the minute-or-so of it that I could take before turning it off was pretty horrible. But you're right, that chord progression is from "Animal".

Squirrelly
Squirrelly

she sucks

just another pre fabricated pop idol for the tone deaf masses

Steve
Steve

"What the Hell" is the song RCA wanted Avril Lavigne to do... not Avril herself.That song was a concession by her so that the album could *finally* be released - RCA wanted a song that would get lots of radio play, and so essentially forced her to do it. This may also explain why Lavigne gave it away for free on Facebook, etc.

She has stated quite often that the rest of the songs are more personal and not "pop" tunes like this one is, so critics should hold judgment until one or two more get released.

TareG
TareG

I'm glad she didn't go for a style that wasn't hers. Result: I love WTH :D Can't stop listening to it.

I'm pretty sure she'll have slow gems in her album, but WTH was a success, and I loved it :)

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Pretty! This was a really wonderful post.. Thanks once again for the push!

Nigga
Nigga

Maybe y'all would be a better author if y'all is 26

Serious
Serious

Millions of people liking something doesn't make it good.

Neely
Neely

It's "good" like food poisoning and getting dumped.

alex
alex

one person bitching about it doesn't make it bad either...

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