Avril Lavigne’s Head Above Water - What You Need To Know
It’s been six years since we last had a full-length effort for Canadian pop empress Avril Lavigne, but she returns today with new album Head Above Water. Here is everything you need to know about it...
A little background…
For the first 11 years of her career, Avril Lavigne’s work ethic was relentless, delivering five full-length studio albums, numerous world tours and even the occasional dabble in acting. But, at the tail end of 2014, that all had to slow right down.
Lavigne was diagnosed with Lyme disease, a debilitating condition that affects the whole body, causing joint pain, swelling and intense tiredness. A relatively new discovery, the disease’s treatment path is still being worked on and treatment is tough.
Recovery naturally slowed down Lavigne’s progress. And, to make matters worse, her marriage to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger broke down at the end of 2015. For the next two years, she worked on the album slowly, eventually completing record in 2018. Now she’s ready to return.
Who’s producing it?
Lavigne’s comeback comes packed with production talent. A large chunk of the album has been overseen by Lauren Christy, part of the songwriting superstars The Matrix and Johan Carlsson of Carolina Liar fame.
Also included are Stephen Moccio, who helped The Weeknd write ‘Earned It’ and Miley Cyrus pen ‘Wrecking Ball’ and J.R Rotem, whose credits include Rihanna, Britney Spears and Pitbull.
There’s even a track co-written with Kroeger, Lavigne’s ex-husband.
Any special guests?
Just the one, but she’s a pretty big deal. It’s Nicki Minaj and she helps Lavigne out on the punchy ‘Dumb Blonde’.
What does it sound like?
Lavigne’s time away hasn’t resulted in a radical sonic reinvention. Head Above Water keeps to the formula that she has deployed on all her recent records, mixing bouncy pop songs with huge choruses with weighty piano ballads. That mix is still in place on this new album and no one will be complaining about that.
Does it deliver?
The gap in time hasn’t affected Lavigne’s love for bouncy pop rock and big piano ballads. Or her gift for a big chorus. For fans old and new, this album will do just fine.
Avril Lavigne’s new album Head Above Water is out now and will be in hmv stores from Monday (February 18th).