Headstrong and fiercely independent, 17-year-old Avril Lavigne makes a huge splash with her debut LET GO, a collection of confessional songs with attitude reminiscent of fellow prodigy/Canuck Alanis Morissette. Collaborating with producer/songwriter Clif Magness, Lavigne avoids the credibility pitfalls plaguing the brigade of bubble-gum divas that ruled the charts in the late '90s and early millennium by penning her own material.
Blessed with a voice that makes her sound ten years older, the self-professed tomboy assuredly asserts herself in relationships (the sing-along breakout hit "Complicated"), admits to emotional vulnerability (a stark "Naked"), and delivers a breezy summation of her life and dreams (the pop manna "My World"). Aided by a simple three-piece back-up band Lavigne and her stellar debut could very well end up picking up where Alanis and JAGGED LITTLE PILL left off.
Rolling Stone (12/26/02, p.104) - Ranked #3 in Rolling Stone's list of 2002's "10 Best Debuts"
Rolling Stone (7/25/02, p.75) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A dozen infectious hymns of TOTAL REQUEST angst...none of which would matter if Lavigne didn't have a voice, equal parts baby girl and husky siren..."
Q (9/02, p.109) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The missing link between Britney Spears and Blink-182..."
Uncut (10/02, p.108) - 2 stars out of 5 - "It's a polished collection of songsof teenage angst full of guitar-driven hooks...between Nelly Furtado and Alanis Morissette."