Arista - 2002 - 48 minutes

"When I get upset and really need to get it out of me I go to my guitar. Sometimes I feel like my guitar is my therapist" - Avril Lavigne

Yes folks. We've got another troubled artist on our hands here. There's a hint of Pink's aggression and Ms Morissette's frustration in young Canadian rocker Avril Lavigne. But isn't that a good thing? I mean, who needs another Celine Dion?

The best thing about this album is the quality of the production. There are heavy guitars competing against her angry-but-balanced voice, but it works perfectly. The tunes are catchy, especially the first single, 'Complicated', and the high-speed 'Sk8er Boi'. There are moments of ease here too, and the soft Lavigne is evident in more than a few tracks.

What is disappointing is that there is nothing here we haven't heard before - Lavigne is just a younger, fresher model. Furthermore, there's the ever-predictable lyrics about relationships, ex-boyfriends and the like. In the way young Americans relate to teenage heartbreak in 'Dawson's Creek', Arista boss LA Reid must have seen the same opportunity with Lavigne. In other words, the dollar signs were flashing.

On the other hand, if there's a market for it, flaunt it. As Lavigne herself states, she's 'Nobody's Fool' so, on her own merit, she will succeed in convincing us of her talent for singing and songwriting. A little more attitude and diversity would take her to the premier league of female artists. But what's the hurry?

David Byrne

Tracklisting: Losing Grip - Complicated - Sk8er Boi - I'm With You - Mobile - Unwanted - Tomorrow - Anything But Ordinary - Things I'll Never Say - My World - Nobody's Fool - Too Much To Ask - Naked