This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Personnel: Avril Lavigne (vocals, guitar); Evan Taubenfeld (guitar); Mark Spicoluk (bass); Matthew Brann (drums).
Producers: Clif Magness, The Matrix, Curt Frasca, Peter Zizzo.
"I'm With You" was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Awards for Song Of The Year and for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. "Losing Grip" was nominated for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
Headstrong and fiercely independent, 17-year-old Avril Lavigne makes a huge splash with her debut LET GO, a collection of confessional songs with attitude reminiscent of fellow prodigy/Canuck Alanis Morissette. Collaborating with producer/songwriter Clif Magness, Lavigne avoids the credibility pitfalls plaguing the brigade of bubble-gum divas that ruled the charts in the late '90s and early millennium by penning her own material.
Blessed with a voice that makes her sound ten years older, the self-professed tomboy assuredly asserts herself in relationships (the sing-along breakout hit "Complicated"), admits to emotional vulnerability (a stark "Naked"), and delivers a breezy summation of her life and dreams (the pop manna "My World"). Aided by a simple three-piece back-up band Lavigne and her stellar debut could very well end up picking up where Alanis and JAGGED LITTLE PILL left off.
Rolling Stone (12/26/02, p.104) - Ranked #3 in Rolling Stone's list of 2002's "10 Best Debuts"
Rolling Stone (7/25/02, p.75) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A dozen infectious hymns of TOTAL REQUEST angst...none of which would matter if Lavigne didn't have a voice, equal parts baby girl and husky siren..."
Q (9/02, p.109) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The missing link between Britney Spears and Blink-182..."
Uncut (10/02, p.108) - 2 stars out of 5 - "It's a polished collection of songsof teenage angst full of guitar-driven hooks...between Nelly Furtado and Alanis Morissette."