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Avril Lavigne: Let Go 10th anniversary

It’s been a decade since a then 17-year-old Avril Lavigne released her debut album Let Go (June 4, 2002).

Let Go was certified six times platinum in the US and has sold over 16 million copies worldwide. The album really stands up ten years after its release, and it’s rightly her highest selling album to date.

Her three albums after Let Go have been disappointing. For the most part, this later music is dumbed down, lyrically simplified, and paradoxically less mature than the songs on the first album, which had a richness and variety of expression. Here’s a look at the tracks that comprised Let Go, before fashion and perfume lines distracted from the music.

Of course, “Complicated” and, to a lesser degree, “Sk8er Boi” were the standout songs. At its core, “Complicated” is an attack on hypocrisy and dishonesty in how one presents oneself to the world. “Sk8er Boi” is a fun yet authentic story-song about music, with a surprise twist at the end when we learn how the narrator fits into the story.

The slower, more dramatic songs “I’m With You,” “Tomorrow,” and “Too Much To Ask” provide a nice balance to the energy of a song like “Sk8er Boi.”

“Anything But Ordinary” and the semi-autobiographical “My World” are about being exceptional, seeking something more for yourself, and wanting to escape small town ennui. “Anything But Ordinary” also works as a personal artistic statement – In 2002 and 2003, Avril Lavigne was different; there was no one else like her on the scene.

Including “Nobody’s Fool” was slightly risky – it doesn’t sound like any other song on the album. The half-speaking half-singing during the verses works brilliantly, though. It’s like a teen girl Linkin Park song.

“Things I’ll Never Say” is strong enough to have been a single. It’s definitely for a young audience — it’s a nice, very catchy middle school anthem.

The least effective songs were the angrier, mid-teen angst tracks “Losing Grip” and “Unwanted,” the latter of which also hints thematically at the struggle of staying true to oneself in the face of record label image issues.

Unfortunately, the second album headed in this gothic, angsty direction, while the third and fourth albums alternate between upbeat yet ultimately insubstantial songs like “Girlfriend” and ballads that are boring and sound too similar to one another (“When You’re Gone,” “Keep Holding On,” “Innocence”).

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New Ways to Listen to Old Songs

Sometimes it’s fun to listen to songs you like in new ways. In addition to listening to live versions of songs you already like, you can also use YouTube to find slowed down or sped up (chipmunk) songs, reversed songs, 8-bit songs, remixes, changed pitch songs, and demos. For example…

8-bit song – “Recently Distressed” by Phantom Planet:

Slowed down song – “Nobody’s Home” by Avril Lavigne:

Sped up (chipmunk) song – “Self Machine” by I Blame Coco:

Reversed song – “Make Some Noise” by Hannah Montana:

Remix song – “Bed Intruder Song”:

Changed pitch song – “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles:

Demo – “Sweetness” by Jimmy Eat World:

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Who Are They Now Game: Answers

If you played the “Who Are They Now” Game and couldn’t figure out who all of the 8 kids were, here are the answers:

Child #1 is Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet):

Child #2 is Avril Lavigne:

Child #3 is Ben Lee:

Child #4 is Blake Sennett (Rilo Kiley):

Child #5 is Joe Jonas:

Child #6 is Jenny Lewis:

Child #7 is Lady Gaga:

Child #8 is Scarlett Johannson:

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5 Songs About Paparazzi

These 5 songs are all about the harm done by paparazzi. Of the songs by The Cranberries, Avril Lavigne, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and Lindsay Lohan, ATS votes “Paparazzi” by Lady Gaga the best of the five.

“Paparazzi” by Lady Gaga:

“Take It” by Avril Lavigne:

“Rumors” by Lindsay Lohan:

“Fly on the Wall” by Miley Cyrus and “Paparazzi on Mopeds” by The Cranberries are also decent.

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Best of…Concert Posters

Due to the popularity of After The Show’s Best of…Band Fan Sites, here are the nominations for the 10 Best Tour/Concert Posters in recent years:

1. Rooney and The Bridges

Rooney and The Bridges

2. Ben Kweller and Death Cab for Cutie

Ben Kweller & Death Cab for Cutie Concert Poster

3. Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne Concert Poster

4. Uh Huh Her

UHH Concert Poster

5. Rilo Kiley

Rilo Kiley Concert Poster

6. Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor Concert Poster

7. Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara Concert Poster

8. Ben Lee

Ben Lee Concert Poster

9. Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift Concert Poster

10. Johnathan Rice and Maria Taylor

Johnathan Rice & Maria Taylor Concert Poster

If you want, vote for your top 3 posters by leaving a comment.

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The Best of…Band Fan Sites

Here are some great websites focusing on some great bands.

Although these sites are not official/run by the artist or management, they are a great source of news, photos, videos, and forums.

Rilo Kiley

RiloKiley.net

Rilo Kiley

The Like

ILiketheLike.com

Rooney

Mastedonia.com

Rooney Band Photo

Uh Huh Her

UhHuhHerFan.com

Leisha

Avril Lavigne

AvrilBandaids.com

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