Sound — 8
Avril is back with a new album, and it sounds awesome. Compared to her previous albums, The Best Damn Thing is much, much more upbeat. I would highly suggest you check out her other albums before you fall in love with/hate her because of this one. Like her previous albums, it's all pretty much rhythm guitar and drums. But this time, it's much more upbeat and exciting. You can dance to this CD. It's pop rock at its fullest.
Lyrics — 6
If you are a die-hard lyric fanatic, you will be disappointed, no doubt. The lyrics on the album are very "cat" and "hat" rhyming. Songs such as "Hot" and "Girlfriend" prove this. None the less, they are extremely upbeat and fun. I could see a lot of 8th-10th grade girls relating to these lyrics. While she claims to have been "a little tipsy" while writing a few songs, they seem to be pretty planned out and always fun. Like most of Avril's songs, the talent and melody itself is in the singing. She sounds great on the album. Avril has a voice that you want to hear again and again.
Overall Impression — 8
All in all, The Best Damn Thing proves to be just about Avril's best damn album yet. I am 110% positive that many fans will be afraid to touch this album, and for two reasons. One; the look. From the album cover to her blonde hair, Avril's impression has changed a ton. Two; the sound. I wouldn't dare trying to relate The Best Damn Thing to a Britney Spears' album, but the sound is a lot more upbeat and casual-listener friendly. She went from one extreme to the next. Buy this album. Love it. Hate it.