Let's toast to Avril's latest single!
Music video for Here's to Never Growing Up!
And so, we always knew Avril was coming back after the hit success of her singles What The Hell, Smile and Wish You Were Here. Though Goodbye Lullaby wasn't a mainstream album to be taken lightly, the reviews were still mainly average to positive. That was a winning point, and slowly paved the way for her fifth single after 13 years in the industry. Yep, she was only 14 when she made records (didn't Rihanna break that record? Who cares) and skyrocketed to fame with her first single, Complicated. Well, things have been less complicated after she's engaged to Nickelback front-man Chad Kroeger last August 2012. Nickelback jokes aside, I personally like the band and also was a big fan of Here And Now (mainly songs like Lullaby and When We Stand Together being the standout tracks) and their host of albums. Chad was a favourite writer that artists pursued for, so you're dumb jokes better start improving kids! Chavril might become more of a headline than anything else. A little point to note, Chad also helped in the writing of this song.
Anyways, as said, this is already 13 years in the industry and like the jokes about her age (27 while Adele is 22), she doesn't seem to be calling it quits any time soon. While her fifth album is still under production without a name yet, we will be expecting more from the singer, possibly even two more albums in the span of the next four years. This can be seen from Here's To Never Growing Up, showing no signs of stopping.
This is definitely home to all music fans; the summer music. The out pour of foot-stomping and hand-clapping music has begun to usher in the summer heat, all the good times also dancing their way through. The song starts off with the usual anthemic track that Avril's music has always been. All of it reminds me of the tune of Complicated, as she rewinds the clock, especially when she hits her first note in the verse. The catchy opening chorus lays out the song and you can hear Avril having a blast behind that microphone. All of these along with the guitar just makes it sound classic Avril Lavigne. The lyrics are also poppy enough for an Avril record.
Singing radiohead at the top of our lungs
Avril knows what her fans want, and she does it with remarkable enthusiasm. All of these wouldn't be possible without all Avril fans, and this is what makes artists with a career spanning 13 years should be like. With or without Rihanna in this industry, it matters not. Avril's here to take back her place. I'm guessing give this song 2 months. You know what? Let's give it 2 weeks to replace the top song on the Billboard Hot 100. That is because old fans never die.
ORIGINALITY: 9/10 - A little reference from her past hits never hurts anyone, especially die hard fans!
SOUND: 9/10 - Catchy and easy to fall in love with; this single is one of the best this summer.
LYRICS: 9/10 - Cheesy, classy Avril lines that we all adore.
OVERALL: 27/30 - This song easily tops my favourites for awhile. I'll be playing it for days alright, and watch this space as the song explodes onto your radio centers. Let's raise a toast cause' we're never growing up. Cheers!
Benny Ong: Just your regular guy who likes soccer more than most people, and also a little downtime is pretty nice.