AOTY 2019

Head Above Water

Avril Lavigne - Head Above Water
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2019 Ratings: #596 / 606
User Score
Based on 329 ratings
2019 Ratings: #1089
February 15, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

70
AllMusic

Considering that half-decade gap and all the personal turmoil the singer endured, it scans that Head Above Water unveils a different Avril Lavigne, one who proudly bears her scars and is eager to share her journey.

70
Clash

Overall, ‘Head Above Water’ is a collection of eclectic tracks and done well this could make for an element of surprise that keeps your ears perked in anticipation. Here, however, it makes for sonic inconsistencies that leaves you dissatisfied, wanting the bigger and better things that Avril is definitely capable of.

60
Exclaim!

Head Above Water feels like the most honest representation of Lavigne since her debut.

60
NME

‘Head Above Water’ isn’t her most banging album, but it is a deeply honest one that sounds a lot like growing up gracefully.

60
The Independent

Lavigne might not have found a musical identity that truly becomes her, but Head Above Water is an effective, and occasionally affecting, album.

55
Pitchfork

Though an interesting showcase of her powerful and newfound voice, the Canadian pop star’s comeback too often lapses into the rote, the stale, or the uninspired.

50
Rolling Stone

You hate to tell someone to stay distraught, but turmoil really suits her.

44
Sputnikmusic

The whole “maturity” shtick feels entirely disingenuous when Lavigne can’t muster anything better than the drivel you just read, and when she continues to relapse by agreeing to allow songs as abhorrently juvenile as ‘Dumb Blonde’ to appear on her records.

40
The Guardian

The end result isn’t bad, but it is uneven. For all the talk of Lavigne finally writing her life and telling her story it’s hard not to come away thinking that her heart lies more with the power ballads than the lunges for commercial contemporaneity.

40
The Skinny

An unfortunate, pretty bog-standard collection of pop songs fails to help Avril Lavigne stay afloat on her first record in five years.

40
NOW Magazine

With much remorse, I have to say our pop punk princess plays it painfully safe. She’s become her own worst nightmare – boring.

MezernikSu
45
Listening to this album is like being in a relationship, where you know u felt something long time ago, so u try rlly hard to fall in love again, but it's just not happening.
ColinAndrews
31
I just really didn't like this album at all, and maybe that's due to my lack of affinity with Avril, but i really don't think it is. There is just such a blatant tonal inconsistency on this project, even more so than thank u, next. This album views itself as so incredibly self important, when the lyrics never dive deeper than slightly below the surface.

Also, the messages that Avril sends on multiple tracks conflict with each other.. and I don't know how she's going to put down Barbies... on a ... read more
ACreativeName
30
(feat. Nicki Minaj)
lil_sas
30
im bored, 90% of the songs follows the popular formula of calm verses + intense choruses to create a cheap emotional atmosphere. And the few songs that have a different structure don't really stand out

Goddess has one of the most annoying and unappealing choruses i've heard in a while

best: i don't really care for any of the songs

worst: goddess; i fell in love with the devil; dumb blonde
distraughtonaut
20
So basically it's christian pop rock with a 20 second Nicki Minaj feature.
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Track List

  1. Head Above Water
  2. Birdie
  3. I Fell in Love with the Devil
  4. Tell Me It's Over
  5. Dumb Blonde
  6. It Was in Me
  7. Souvenir
  8. Crush
  9. Goddess
  10. Bigger Wow
  11. Love Me Insane
  12. Warrior
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