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Head Above Water

Avril Lavigne

Head Above Water

Sixth studio album from the Canadian singer, drawing inspiration from her battle with Lyme disease

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  1. 8.0 |   Punk News

    Head Above Water is set to earn a very warm place in fan’s hearts
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  2. 7.0 |   All Music

    The album is designed to offer solace while also being a rallying call. Inspirational music, in other words
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  3. 7.0 |   Clash

    A collection of eclectic tracks
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  4. 6.0 |   NME

    An album that sounds a lot like growing up gracefully
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  5. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    Sincerity suits Lavigne
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  6. 6.0 |   The Independent

    Promises authenticity but suffers from an inconsistent tracklist
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  7. 5.5 |   Pitchfork

    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
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  8. 5.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The Lavigne heard at the beginning of the record is almost an entirely different person by the end; the hard part is figuring out which part you like more
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  9. 4.4 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    It’s definitely catchier than most of Lavigne’s self-titled album, and by any other standards it should at least be critically received as an average mainstream record. However, the whole “maturity” shtick feels entirely disingenuous
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  10. 4.0 |   The Skinny

    An unfortunate, pretty bog-standard collection of pop songs
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  11. 4.0 |   NOW

    She deserves to be anything but ordinary – and that’s what this album is
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  12. 4.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Capped up with a strong piano ballad, the title track, which looks like a shift into realms of real life
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  13. 4.0 |   Evening Standard

    The album’s enervating emotional drama makes this comeback heavy going
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  14. 4.0 |   The Guardian

    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
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