Rolling Stone - p.843.5 stars out of 5
- "What hasn't changed is her meticulous deliver....No one conjures up bored teenage blankness like Avril Lavigne."
Q - p.1034 stars out of 5
- "UNDER MY SKIN doesn't disappoint..."
Personnel: Avril Lavigne (vocals); Raine Maida (guitar, keyboards); Ben Moody, Phil X. (guitar); Butch Walker (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, keyboards, bass guitar, percussion, programming, background vocals); Sam Fisher, Mark Robertson , Samuel Formicola (violin); Shanti Randall (viola); Victor Lawrence (cello); Static, Jon O'Brien (keyboards, programming); Kenny Aronoff (drums, percussion); Bill Lefler, Kenny Cresswell (drums); Brian E. Garcia (percussion); Jason Lader (programming); Dan Chass (drum programming); Michael Ward (guitar); Evan Taubenfeld (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums, background vocals); Patrick Warren (strings, chamberlin, keyboards); Chantal Kreviazuk (piano, keyboards); Josh Freese, Brooks Wackerman (drums).
Audio Mixers: Randy Staub ; Tom Lord-Alge.
Editors: Dan Certa; Dan Certina.
Photographer: James Minchin.
While Avril Lavigne's 2002 debut, LET GO, arrived amidst a tidal wave of teen female performers, the 17-year-old Canadian singer/songwriter managed to distinguish herself with a punk-rock attitude tempered by a hooky pop sensibility. Lavigne's sound reached a remarkably wide audience, even inspiring indie-rock icon Liz Phair to openly pattern her next record after it.
With her 2004 follow-up, UNDER MY SKIN, Lavigne makes it clear which side of the pop-rock precipice she's standing on. Instead of pop producers such as the Matrix, Lavigne aligns herself with Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida and Linkin Park producer Don Gilmore. The result is a much more complex record--an angst-ridden, soul-searching album that rocks with fury without losing a keen ear for melody. This is clear from the outset with the brooding, lushly orchestrated, guitar-driven opening track "Take Me Away." However, while the music has significantly matured, Lavigne's lyrics still possess the same sense of teenage confusion and frustration so charming on her debut. UNDER MY SKIN is an impressive step for the young songwriter, and it effectively transcends the teen-pop label she inevitably received with her first record.