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Avril Lavigne - Head Above Water (2019) Published: February 15/19 Released: February 15/19 albumPop12 Tracks • 41 Minutes
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52%
    SELECTED LINE: ‘Head Above Water’ isn’t her most banging album, but it is a deeply honest one that sounds a lot like growing up gracefully. -New Musical Express (NME)
    Head Above Water is the sixth studio album by Avril Lavigne, released by Avril Lavigne Music & Entertainment under exclusive license to BMG on February 15, 2019.
    Preview
    1. Head Above Water3:40
    2. Birdie3:35
    3. I Fell in Love with the Devil4:15
    4. Tell Me It's Over3:08
    5. Dumb Blonde (feat. Nicki Minaj)3:34
    6. It Was in Me3:43
    7. Souvenir2:57
    8. Crush3:33
    9. Goddess3:41
    10. Bigger Wow2:55
    11. Love Me Insane3:00
    12. Warrior3:45
℗ 2018 Avril Lavigne Music & Entertainment under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
Critic Reviews (27)

If you’re looking for a bigger wow, look no further than Avril Lavigne’s phenomenal new album ‘Head Above Water’.

1 day ago

CelebMix CelebMix

Whereas once Lavigne had a refreshing way of breezing through her radio-friendly pop-rock landscape, now she sings oddly clunky phrases as though trying to batter her way back into the charts.

40% 2 days ago

Financial Times Financial Times (TOP)

A powerful voice that brings powerful and hopeful songs with a good portion of drama.

70% 2 days ago

Dansende Beren Dansende Beren

The album represents another baffling step taken in her career — a hard 180 away from the garishness of her last few albums and toward weighty balladry.

2 days ago

Vulture Vulture

I am left feeling like I too, had wanted “A Bigger Wow”.

40% 2 days ago

theartsdesk.com theartsdesk.com

These slightly above average hooks/melodies deserve better.

44% 2 days ago

Sputnikmusic Sputnikmusic

Rarely has anyone sounded both as wrecked and rejuvenated over the course of the same record as on Head Above Water, which is an ongoing mood swing set to music.

50% 2 days ago


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

70% 2 days ago

AllMusic AllMusic

It’s just a shame that such an eagerly awaited return has produced such an inconsistent result.

60% 2 days ago

Rock Sins Rock Sins

The album’s enervating emotional drama makes this comeback heavy going.

40% 2 days ago

Evening Standard Evening Standard

Avril Lavigne definitely brings a more mature sound and her vocals sound more powerful than ever.

2 days ago

A Bit of Pop Music A Bit of Pop Music

Head Above Water shows fans Lavigne won’t ever let anything stop her, and she’s ready to take on the world even stronger.

80% 2 days ago

CrypticRock.com CrypticRock.com

She always writes about life with such a passion so her fans can always relate.

2 days ago

Music Existence Music Existence

The title track is poignant and powerful; it sets the tone immediately, and you realise you're hearing from a very different Avril.

80% 3 days ago

Belfast Telegraph Belfast Telegraph

Even though an emotional background carries the album, Avril Lavigne does not convey it believably.

40% 3 days ago

lautde lautde

Everything about the record is meant to represent growth and fights won.

70% 3 days ago

Clash Music Clash Music

Avril Lavigne’s banal balladry makes you miss her punk-pop days.

40% 3 days ago

The Times of London The Times of London (TOP)

It was a long road to get here, but Head Above Water is Lavigne’s best album to date.

3 days ago

STACK STACK

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

60% 3 days ago

The Independent (UK) The Independent (UK) (TOP)

It becomes a demonstration of an artist that either refuses to, or is unable, to evolve.

50% 4 days ago

X-Press Magazine (AU) X-Press Magazine (AU)

You struggle to identify exactly what she’s bringing to the party beyond a knowledge of which way the commercial wind is blowing.

20% 4 days ago


The fact that easily addressed things were left in means Lavigne likely wanted them that way, leaving her comeback slightly short of where it could have gone.

63% 4 days ago

Newsday Newsday

Head Above Water is twelve tracks of sincere and motivational music that fans have patiently waited the past six years to hear.

80% 5 days ago

Punknews.org (Staff) Punknews.org (Staff)

Head Above Water took as many creative risks as the “8” in ‘Sk8er Boi’, with no payoff.

20% 5 days ago

Beat Magazine Beat Magazine

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

60% 5 days ago

Exclaim Exclaim

This album covers all the classic modern pop bases - shiny, digitally rendered funk ("Birdie", "Crush"), huge power ballads ("Head Above Water", "It was in Me") and even a bit of gospel, namely "Tell Me It's Over".

60% 5 days ago

Punknews.org (Staff) Punknews.org (Staff)

‘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% 5 days ago

New Musical Express (NME) New Musical Express (NME) (TOP)
User Reviews (5)

Dksweb1 month ago
Yes she is back New sound or not I am happy she is strong and healthy. Just glad to have this talent back. She has been missed!!!

TheLokiLover1 month ago
Beautiful! Shut up haters! This is Avril’s best album yet!

KBKing022 months ago
Listen up guys Every artist goes through a time where their trying to find their voice. Yup, this isn’t like the crazy rockstar we’re used to but hey, she can always go back to her original music. I believe this album is more of a “This is me” moment when she battled through limes disease so, don’t give someone a hard time for opening up. Keep moving forward Doll!❤️

Armijito2 months ago
A Lost Angel Who’s Not Ready To Go Home Avril Lavigne tells her brave story in “Head Above Water” as she beautifully sings about her fight with lyme disease. The album echoes her angst, desperation, hopelessness; and shelters an emotional plea to survive. Avril’s condition was so bad, she came to terms with succumbing on the threshold of God’s grace. Lyme disease left her crushed, bedridden, and weakened; but her voice became her driving force as it grew stronger and powerful. Her raw, epic, unique and haunting vocals shine through this amazing body of work and serve as a reminder of why Lavigne continues to have a strong impact in the music industry (even 16 years after her legendary introduction). After a 5 year hiatus, Avril Lavigne has made a triumphant return to music with arguably her best and most personal album to date. Welcome back, you have been terribly missed.

runhideduck1 month ago
Avril got me thru my combat tours! I been a fan since the beginning. On my 1st deployment to Iraq in ‘03 I had a mini disc player full of her music and it would calm my anxiety and let me relax in those moments I could listen to her! She has grown with every album and this one is sure to be the best! Thank You Avril for your gift of music to us faithful fans! We love you so much! Your a fighter just like me and I’m thankful you have fought thru lime disease! Your an inspiration to all! 🤟🤟🤟🙌🙌
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