The Best D--n Thing
Songs warn a guy about a manipulative female ("One of Those Girls") and promise to support a friend going through rough times ("Keep Holding On").
The CD's title is a mere hint of the profanity to come. Right out of the gate an irate cheerleader says "m-----f---er" while lobbying to be a boy's "Girlfriend." That term shows up again—repeatedly—on "I Don't Have to Try," a narcissistic anthem full of hostility and contempt. The title track enumerates relational woes, such as a lover coming "home" smelling like an ex-girlfriend. On "Hot" a girl uses provocative language to praise and arouse a man. The angry kiss-off "Everything Back But You" finds the singer calling her ex's new flame "b--ch, slut, psycho babe." Hatred for another exiting boyfriend leads her to unleash a handful of s-words ("I Can Do Better"). A companion DVD shows Avril and Co. drinking during the recording session.
Lavigne's pop/punk cheers and tortured ballads are bathed in raw language, which reeks of desperation. Is this what it takes for a girl to play the rebel anymore? Her third album is so angry that Entertainment Weekly observed, "[She] morphs from sk8er outcast to punk Mean Girl." Not someone teens should hang with.