Avril Lavigne | Love Sux Review
By Griff Stevens
Avril Lavigne is a pop-punk Canadian singer and songwriter that is a multi-platinum vocalist, songwriter, designer, and philanthropist. The eight-time GRAMMY Award-nominated Lavigne is now releasing her new album. Love Sux, via Travis Barker’s DTA Records. The album is Lavigne’s seventh studio album and features twelve tracks, and is the first new music to be released from the star since 2019. The album also features Lavigne collaborating with Machine Gun Kelly, Blackbear, and Mark Hoppus of Blink-182. Throughout the album, Lavigne sings of break-up and heartbreak but still keeps a positive message of self-worth and standing up for yourself.
Lavigne presents various styles on the album, from electro dance to hyper-pop and punk rock. “Love It When You Hate Me” falls into the later with its driving chorus after an electro-pop verse. The driving beat and steady guitars frame Lavigne’s vocals beautifully. In addition, Blackbear makes a guest appearance with rhythmic speak-singing with auto-tune, which is good if you are into that sort of thing. Either way, the chorus saves the day and brings us the Lavigne we all know and love from her earlier records. Also, be sure to listen to “Bite Me,” which has the same vibe and was the lead single from the album.
“Bois Lie” features Machine Gun Kelly and is the standout track from the ten. Lavigne’s vocals sound strong with unrelenting energy as she belts the chorus with passion and sings the verses with power and attitude. The thirty-seven-year-old Lavigne can still tap into the high school mentality and colloquialisms as the lyrics possess that type of energy and drama. This also shows that we all want to have some fun, regardless of age.
Love Sux is a successful outing for Lavigne as she takes from her past sounds and adds a fresh perspective. The upbeat nature of the music is a welcome highlight, and her singing is as strong as ever. She emerges stronger on Love Sux, backed by exciting guest artists and a robust set of co-song writers and the production magic of John Feldmann, Travis Barker, and Mod Sun. Lavigne is tapped into a creative source that yields her best work in years. Don’t miss this one!
Release Date: February 25, 2022
Label: DTA Records