As the cover of the Canadian punk/popster Avril Lavigne's fourth album shows, she's ditched the Converse, wears frilly dresses and likes pianos, but by golly she'll never lose the black nail varnish, OK? Now awkwardly straddling the teenage angst/adult divorcee markets, it seems the 26-year-old doesn't really know on which side to plant her once system-smashing feet. On one side you've got the pock (pop-rock?) of Smile, which needlessly shoehorns swearwords into a track already insulting enough, but then there's the string-laden awfulness of Goodbye. Perhaps the most telling indication of the strength of Lavigne's defiant take on the world is the opening track, Black Star - which just happens to be the name of her first fragrance. Rebel, yeah!
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