2019 American Music Awards

Pop Single Review: "Here's to Never Growing Up" Avril Lavigne

Lavigne Still Refusing To 'Grow Up'

"We don't ever stop--and we're never gonna change," Lavigne gleefully intones during the first verse of her comeback single. But some things have indeed changed for her: Now engaged to Nickelback's Chad Kroeger, Lavigne has harnessed her fiancé's knack for brash, glass-raising hooks by recruiting him as co-writer on "Here's to Never Growing Up," an ode to the stubbornness of youthful irresponsibility. And unlike the songs from 2011's "Goodbye Lullaby," which too often strayed from the second part of Lavigne's "pop-rock" domain, her new single collects good favor through clean guitar chords and drum rolls. Still, Lavigne will always be renowned for her tongue-wagging punk sensibilities, and this track's bratty title fits her teenage worldview to a tee. The song immediately reintroduces the most enjoyable version of Lavigne, and never lets up.


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