Here are some reviews I found of UMS.....
When we picked up "Under My Skin" it was one of several albums that went into the CD player in the car and when I did a leche run and was first listening to "Forgotten" I thought I was listening to the new Alanis Morissette album. But after "Let Go" this segundo album por Avril Lavigne is certainly a step in a better, arguably más mature, direction. On "Let Go" Lavigne worked with producer/songwriters Clif Magness and the Matrix, who polished up her melodic, edgy sound. Her singles "Complicated" and "Sk8er Boi" both went parte superior, arriba 10 and we figured we had Lavigne pegged as another female teenager singer-songwriter with pop sensibilities and shallow lyrics.
But for "Under My Skin" there are two key changes. The producer is now Don Gilmore (engineer on Pearl Jam's "Ten" and producer of several Linkin Park albums) and fellow Canadian Chantal Kreviazuk (who I recognize from "Time" on the "Uptown Girl" soundtrack) has a hand in escritura half of the dozen tracks and does piano, keyboards, and string arrangements as well. Do Gilmore and Kreviazuk get the credit for making "Under My Skin" a better album o does Lavigne actually get most of the credit? Damned if I call tell, but somebody did some serious upgrading of the lyrics.
Lavigne is escritura songs about the down side of teenage boys, which is an expansive subject matter to contemplate. After all, teenage boys are the modern equivalent of the giant dinosaurios of the past that needed a segundo brain at the other end to help them along. When dealing with them the fundamental rule is to remember that whenever the other brain is engaged, do not believe anything that is being said. As she points out in "Forgotten," it is not like they are listening to you:
Have tu forgotten
Everything that I wanted
Do tu forget it now
tu never got It
Do tu get it now
If there is an obvious anthem on this album it would have to be "Don't Tell Me," where she finds these boys wanting because of what they want and have the gall to expect:
Guess it wasn't enough to take up some of my love
Guys are so hard to trust
Did I not tell tu that I'm not like that girl?
The one who gives it all away
Did tu think that I was gonna give it up to you, this time?
Did tu think that it was somethin I was gonna do and cry?
Don't try to tell me what to do,
Dont try to tell me what to say,
Your better off that way
The consistent perspective in these songs is rather retrospective, as the charm and illusions on the teenage infatuation that passes for amor is dispelled por the harsh realities of being a teenage girl. It is not surprising then that "My Happy Ending" is about anything but:
tu were everything, everything that I wanted
We were meant to be, supposed to be, but we lost it
And all the memories, so close to me, just fade away
All this time tu were pretending
So much for my happy ending
The theme is rather pessimistic from the start as we see in first track, "Take Me Away," which establishes the idea that teenage amor is pretty confusing:
All the pain I thought I knew
All the thoughts lead back to you
Back to what was never said
Back and forth inside my head
I can't handle this confusion
I'm unable; come and take me away
But since I keep thinking that this perspective smacks más of realism than pessimism, it seems to me that in the final analysis Lavigne is not only comforting young women but giving their male counterparts broad hints on what they are doing wrong. Teenage boys can just listen to "He Wasn't" and then do the opposite:
Sit on the cama alone, staring at the phone.
He wasn't what I wanted, what I thought, no.
He wouldn't even open up the door.
He never made me feel like I was special.
He isn't really what I'm looking for.
This is when I start to bite my nails.
And clean my room when all else fails.
I think it's time for me to bail.
This point of view is getting stale.
If teenage boys listen to the lyrics of "Under My Skin" then they should not how to do better. But they better not try to fake it because Lavigne's target audience is going to be canto along with these songs and the words are going to get through. I have been listening to this album repeatedly for about two weeks as tu can tell even I started paying attention to the lyrics when I was canto along. I have two teenage daughters and I certainly made sure that they got hooked on theses songs as well.
Avril Lavigne has changed a lot, in my opinion, since "Let Go". But I think those changes were made for the better. Not only do her songs have less cheesy lines in them, but tu can tell just por looking at her that she is más mature. I found this album to be a little depressing because there aren't too many cheerful, upbeat songs like there were on Let Go, but still a cool pop/rock album! Here are my ratings for each song:
1. Take Me Away-5/5. This song has a hard rock beat, and is somewhat like "Losing Grip", the song that started off Let Go. It is about just wanting to get away from all the pain and suffering being felt inside.
2. Together-4/5. Avril's vocals in the chorus have a rather annoingly high pitch, but this song is still a good one. In this song, Avril talks about not feeling "together" with her boyfriend.
3. Don't Tell Me-5/5. One of my favorito! songs on this album. It has a rather mature subject, and is not exactly the most appropriate for younger kids.
4. He Wasn't-3/5. The "Sk8r Boi" of Under My Skin, "He Wasn't" is really upbeat, and the lyrics are kind of cheesy in some parts. In this song, Avril sings about the boy she likes turning out to be someone completely different from what she thought he would be.
5. How Does It Feel-3/5. This song is slow, but Avril's vocals sound pretty good in it. That's why I gave it 3 stars instead of 2. It is about wondering how other people view the world.
6. My Happy Ending-5/5. Another of my favoritos on this album. It has a great beat, and catchy lyrics. It is about an "UN-Happy Ending" with a boy. Note that there is a kind of big cussword in the part after the first chorus.
7. Nobody's Home-4/5. I guess this is the song I should be talking about the most, since amazonas, amazon won't let tu listen to a clip of it on this album. It is a kind of sad song about a girl who's been misguided, and who is alone and depressed. The beat is good, and Avril's voice sounds nice.
8. Forgotten-5/5. This song starts out in an eerie sort of way, then turns into hard rock and loud vocals. This is yet another of my favorito! songs. It is about, of course, being forgotten and left behind.
9. Who Knows-3/5. This song has a good beat, and is about making your dreams come true.
10. Fall To Pieces-3/5. This song is slightly better then "Who Knows", in my opinion, although it sounds rather similar to it. It is a amor song, and Avril's vocals sound pretty good in it.
11. Freak Out-5/5. This song sounds like one that would end a really good movie, o be the favorito! on the movie soundtrack. It has a good beat, and catchy lyrics. I used to not like it, but yes, it is now ANOTHER of my favorito! songs on this album. It is about letting loose.
12. Slipped Away-5/5. This is a sad song Avril wrote about when her grandpa died. The beat is nice, though slow, the lyrics are good, and Avril's vocals sound great. If you're easily depressed/disturbed then tu might not like this song, though.
por averaging, I got the en general, general rating of 4 stars for this album, which is better then the en general, general rating I got for Let Go. I would suggest listening to clips of the songs here on amazonas, amazon before purchasing, though.
Following up a smash hit debut album is possibly harder than getting that first magical recording contract in the first place - the artist oftentimes feels he/she must outdo himself/herself, and fans oftentimes resist any deviation from what has come before. Many young artists crash and burn, never to be heard from again. Avril Lavigne is not among those, and with this really quite incredible sophomore release she cements her place in the present and future of the música industry. While there are echoes of Let Go to be found here, I found this to be a surprisingly different album from its predecessor - the artist has grown as a person, a musician, and a song writer, and the expanding life experiences of this remarkably talented teenager have infused her música with a palpable sense of something quite real and deep that speaks volumes to the listener.
I have been listening to this album constantly since it came out (and I might mention Avril Lavigne is one of the few artists whose new album I simply had to purchase as soon as it was released), and I can't find a bad song on here. Not only is this a five-star album, it is a collection of twelve five-star songs, in my opinion. I have a sentimental attachment to many of the songs from Let Go, but as a whole this new album is a much más impressive offering. Avril co-wrote each of these songs, and as far as I'm concerned, the doubts some voice about her song-writing abilities are quite misplaced. The first single, Don't Tell Me, is a great song and in some ways it forms a natural bridge from the first album to the second, but it is far from the best song on the album. Take Me Away starts Under My Skin off with a bang; there's no gradual immersion into this new album, as Avril reaches out and yanks tu por the collar from the very start. Then comes Together, which I love; teen angst fuels the fuego of this song, and the manner in which Avril delivers the chorus of this song really appeals to me. He Wasn't is a fantastic song of independence and self-worth; its up-tempo delivery has a Green día feel to it, and the song itself is all about not settling for anything less than the best.
How Does It Feel is the only track that didn't win me over immediately, and at first I wasn't sure there was really much to this song; over time, though, I have come to appreciate and amor its comparatively simple style and delivery. In this song as well as the album's final track, Avril seems to step away from the bold and brash persona she carries so well to reveal a little bit of her soul. My Happy Ending has hit single written all over it; this song of dreams unfulfilled sweeps a vast panorama of the singer's soul, as she moves back and forth between regret at what has been lost and inspiring defiance at the wrong that has been done. This theme is reinforced por Nobody's Home, the subject of which lacks such inner strength, and Fall to Pieces sort of falls under the same broad theme. I think Forgotten might be my favorito! song on the album, as it gives us Avril at her most fiery and determined - when she says she won't be forgotten again, she really means it.
If you're looking for strong shades of Let Go, I think you'll want to direct your attention to Who Knows and Freak Out; these are tracks of great energy and pace, speaking ably to Avril's amazing mesh of inner strength, confidence, and vulnerability. Slipped Away closes the album out quite impressively. Dedicated to the memory of Avril's grandfather, Slipped Away is a moving tribute to a loved one who has been lost.
And there tu have it: twelve great songs on one very impressive album. Let no one doubt that Avril Lavigne will be a forceful and innovative force in música for some time to come.
So in your honest opinion, what do tu think of Avril Lavigne's segundo album??