Avril Lavigne’s “Alice (Underground)” Is Far From The Best Damn Thing

Girls_Models_Models_A_Avril_Lavigne_004604_Although we personally relished Avril Lavigne’s ruthless turn as a devil-horned guest judge on American Idol last night (what can we say, we like a bold and brash personality), the Canadian pop tart’s tunes are still up for debate. Surfacing today is “Alice (Underground),” written by Avril and Butch Walker for the Almost Alice soundtrack. Does it have more to say than 3OH!3’s lyrically incompetent contribution to the rock-lite compilation album? Take a jump down the rabbit hole and find out:
Avril Lavigne - Alice (Underground)

The last time we contemplated the “inspired by” soundtrack to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, we expressed the hope that Avril’s single would do away with the playground taunting 3OH!3 (and Avril herself) are typically fond of. Although “Alice (Underground),” Avril’s first single since 2008’s “The Best Damn Thing,” isn’t the second coming Leonard Cohen (not like we were expecting that on this album anyway), we’re happy to say the lyrics carry genuine sentiment and are much easier to swallow than “Follow me, fa la la la la la.”

“When the world’s crashing down, when I fall and hit the ground, I will turn myself around, don’t you try to stop me, I won’t cry,” sings Avril, and we’re sure many of her younger fans will resonate with those words of encouragement in their stressful teenage lives. (Either that, or they can wrap themselves up in an Abbey Dawn devil hoodie for protection from the outside world.) So lyrics? We give them a B+. Not too shabby.

As for the song itself, it starts with a slow, melodic build that creates some Wonderland-esque imagery. But the biggest problem with the song is that Lavigne, trying to come off like Amy Lee, is constantly screeching while attempting to hit those high notes. It’s difficult to enjoy a song while you’re wincing during the chorus. We’re sure Paramore’s Hayley Williams could knock this one out of the park, but alas, it’s Avril’s song. So why didn’t she write it with her own voice in mind?

After being dissapointed by the first two songs off the album, we’re beginning to wonder if any other artist can save this soundtrack. Robert Smith, can you please be our savior show all these youngin’s how it’s done?


  • Mike
    What the hell are you talking about? This is an AWESOME song! Go Avril!
  • Dee
    I liked the song and I think it fits the movie perfectly.
  • miker1986
    The Best Damn Thing was released in 2007. A five-second Google search would've revealed that, fucktard.
  • xs
    @ Miker1986: the SINGLE "The Best Damn Thing is the fourth and final single from Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne's third studio album The Best Damn Thing. It was first released on June 13, 2008."

    Lrn 2 read, fucktard.
  • Pam
    i'm sorry but whoever is writing these reviews dont know what they are talking about. these songs are really good.
  • not Butch... I swear...
    for the record... Avril wrote this song in it's ENTIRETY... Butch Walker just produced it. don't blame the producer for the lyrics....
  • avrilfan
    sorry guys, but i have to agree with some things... her voice... and this song...... together... well.... i really like her, but that's not the kind of music she can sing.
  • Avril Lavigne went on a girls-only trip to Las Vegas. The 'Girlfriend’ singer who filed for divorce from her estranged husband Deryck Whibley in October 2009 recently whisked away some of her closest female friends for a five-day break in 'Sin City’ to party and have fun.
  • Hails
    This is a great song!!! I love how it sounds. Something new and different.
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