Under My Skin Campaign: Face-Off
How Does it Feel
What Members Should be Voting on;
Members should vote on which argument is best written. You should not be voting on which argument you agree with, but on which candidate wrote the best assignment. You should look at the following;
Following Avril Lavigne’s headstrong debut album ‘Let Go’ fans have been left depressed and flat with her second album ‘Under My Skin’. Almost as depressed and flat as her vocals; which range from drained and dull to pathetic and painful.
Her first album ‘Let Go’ showed us some expressive and energetic vocals from the likes of ‘Sk8r Boi’ and 'complicated', where she showed how colourful and powerful she and her vocals were. However the follow up album of ‘Under My Skin’ might as well be thrown in the trash as Lavigne’s vocals throughout the album make you want to almost cry with boredom, just about every track has the same droning vocals and there appears to be little or even no energy in her vocals! – Maybe she got bored of her new found fame and decided to bore her fans to death? If that’s the plan, then it would seem that she is succeeding…
Although some people would claim that the music produced from ‘Under My Skin’ is in their opinion “decent”, I would bet they haven’t really looked at her vocals and I would bet they haven't really noticed her non-existent energy levels throughout the entire album. It can be shown that she is hiding behind the strong instrumentals to cover up in the vocal department as she hasn't got enough zing in her vocals to make the tracks even remotely interesting without the help of a strong backing track. According to The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis the album is a “flesh eating virus” as “the music is so anodyne (pain-killing) that you don’t pay much attention to Lavigne. This proves to be a small mercy”. When listening to an acapella (vocals with no instrumental) you can clearly see what Petridis is saying, as her voice remains a similar level throughout each track, but the instrumentals appear to make her album seem more exciting that what it really is! Which goes to show that you don’t need a exceptional voice to be successful, you simply need a strong instrumental that will cover up your lack of vocals! - Point proven through Avril's example in this album.
It probably doesn’t help that tracks such as ‘How Does It Feel’ repeat the same lyrics over and over making her vocals go… well… over and over… so now not only does the listener suffer from her dull vocals but now they have to listen to those same dragging vocals in repetition?! Clearly ‘Under My Skin’ is a vocal disaster.
The whole album is just a weak drone of moaning and whining from Lavigne who strops that she never gets her happy ending, well maybe if she sang a with a bit more cheer and ambition she wouldn’t feel quite so low. The fact that she keeps up this boring and repetitive sound throughout the whole album is probably the only reason that she is popular among moody teenagers.
As I have clearly shown you from my argument the album ‘Under My Skin’ lacks in vocals and its actually just the ‘edgy’ music that picks up the money-making sound. The vocals are clearly weak and lacklustre without the backing music.
how does it feel
This is so exciting to be being considered as a Moderator for Avril Bandaids. I hope you will be able to read through my argument and consider me as your new moderator. It's been a really exciting experience and I'm so thankful to be being considered.
Avril Lavigne's vocal performance on 'Under My Skin' appears weak and lacklustre.
by how does it feel (Sam)
I'll be arguing against this point.
On 'Under My Skin', Avril Lavigne's vocal performance is anything but lacklustre. On this album, Avril is able to demonstrate an extremely wide range of vocal ability. Firstly, we must take into account how diverse Avril's vocal's are on this record. For example, she demonstrates more rock-like and raw vocals on tracks such as 'Take Me Away', and 'Forgotten'. She then displays more ethereal/gentle vocal's on Ballad's such as 'How Does It Feel' and 'Slipped Away', and finally; more Pop-like vocals on tracks such as 'Don't Tell Me' and 'He Wasn't'. 'Under My Skin' has been described as "Rock", "Pop" and "Post Grunge", any artist who is able to comfortably sing in these musical genres, as Avril does, must be a competent vocalist. Sanneh of "Rolling Stone" Magazine said this about her vocals:- "Whether it's a fit of faux punk or a maudlin ballad, she sings it all absolutely straight". This proves my point about the amount of diversity in Avril's vocals, and how she is able to excell in many different genres.
Secondly, Avril's vocals are very underproduced and organic, somthing that made 'Goodbye Lullaby' so attractive. Her vocals don't show many signs of being produced or autotuned, something 'Let Go' and 'The Best Damn Thing' are often critisized for. If you listen to tracks such as 'Nobody's Home' and 'Fall To Pieces', you can clearly hear how underproduced Avril's vocals are. The only additional editing and producing appears only when there's added harmonies or when sometimes vocals lap over (Like the end of 'Forgotten').
Most importantly, we need to acknowledge the fact that Avril Lavigne's performance on 'Under My Skin' has been compared to the likes of Amy Lee and Alanis Morissette, both of whom are strong female singers who are often noted for their singing abilities. For Avril to be compared to such artists, shows that she is certainly taken seriously as a vocalist on 'Under My Skin', and she is defiantly at the same level as her contemporaries. I also need to point out Avril's range on the album. For example, 'Forgotten' is a dark song set within the key of C Minor, then you have 'He Wasn't', which is set in the bright key of D. Avril uses different keys throughout the album, which makes the album interesting, not lacklustre; as it shows Avril was creative with her voice on the album, and she felt competent enough vocally to pull it off.
In conclusion, I disagree with calling the vocals on 'Under My Skin' lacklustre. Avril's voice is powerful throughout and belts some really impressive notes (note of the end of 'Take Me Away', and the bridge of 'My Happy Ending'). Her voice is organic and underproduced; which like I stated earlier, shows Avril is a natural singer who doesn't rely on auto=tune. 'Under My Skin' is anything but lackluster, Avril's voice is strong and through the use of different keys and textures, Avril is able to show her voice off in many different genres and sounds and convey a wide array of emotions through her voice.
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