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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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    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 (48)

The pop-punk princess’s victorious return.

4 months ago

When The Horn Blows When The Horn Blows

For all she's been through and for as long as she's been away, and after building the legacy she did with Let Go some 17 years ago, you'd have hoped the warrior would have more fight.

50% 4 months ago

nzherald nzherald

Maybe 2000s Avril nostalgia is clouding my judgment, but she deserves to be anything but ordinary – and that’s what this album is.

40% 4 months ago

NOW Magazine NOW Magazine

Goddess occupies that banal no man’s land between contemporary country and R&B.

40% 4 months ago

The Scotsman The Scotsman

Avril Lavigne has sure had her fair share of battles and struggles, especially in recent years, but this record proves her impeccable talent and showcases a triumph of will and determination.

90% 4 months ago

DEAD PRESS! DEAD PRESS!

Head Above Water is a stunning album that provides relatable and uplifting messages.

75% 4 months ago

Fortitude Magazine Fortitude Magazine

Her techniques are very good, but it is certainly not the Avril of the past.

70% 4 months ago

Smash Press Smash Press

Say goodbye to Sk8er Boi Avril and hello to next-level lyrics and an album filled with new depths.

80% 4 months ago

HeraldScotland HeraldScotland

What could have been a restart mutates into a creaker.

40% 4 months ago

Plattentests.de Plattentests.de

I really wanted to love this comeback album and celebrate her strengths but instead all I want to do is listen to ‘Let Go’ again on repeat and think of the good old days.

4 months ago

Thomas Bleach Thomas Bleach

While it’s great to have Lavigne back, unfortunately Head Above Water doesn’t show her in her best light.

40% 4 months ago

The Skinny The Skinny

For Lavigne, the tightrope might be easier to walk if she shifted more towards rock, rather than try to recreate a pop sound that has long since left the arena.

4 months ago


Like so many veteran pop stars before her, she sounds like an artist at a crossroads, unsure about how to move into the future.

4 months ago

Stereogum Stereogum

A cohesive effort from Lavigne that in my opinion, stands as some of her best work to date.

4 months ago

setlist.fm setlist.fm

Unless you are in the same case and you are imprisoned in a bad nostalgia for the past, 'Head Above Water' is not your record.

40% 4 months ago

jenesaispop (ES) jenesaispop (ES)

Despite the abundance of proof that the former voice of Gamecube playing, smudged-eyeliner wearing teens has remained talented over all these years, the album ultimately falls flat.

4 months ago

POPDUST POPDUST

Head Above Water has many flaws, from its dated palette to the painful overproduction that proves both numbing and obnoxious simultaneously.

40% 4 months ago

411MANIA 411MANIA

Songs like “Birdie”, “Warrior” and the title track encapsulate her personal struggle, lending her music more of an inspirational quality than ever before.

80% 5 months ago

WHO Magazine WHO Magazine

Head Above Water’s momentum is torn asunder by both a lack of ideas and a decent way to utilise them.

40% 5 months ago

The Soundboard The Soundboard

Avril Lavigne stages a triumphant return with Head Above Water.

70% 5 months ago

Idolator Idolator

Lavigne could be forgiven for producing a conflicted record, one that displays potential but falls short of the statement it hoped to achieve.

55% 5 months ago


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

5 months 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% 5 months ago

Financial Times Financial Times (TOP)

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

70% 5 months 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.

5 months ago

Vulture Vulture

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

40% 5 months ago

theartsdesk.com theartsdesk.com

These slightly above average hooks/melodies deserve better.

44% 5 months 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% 5 months ago


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

70% 5 months ago

AllMusic AllMusic

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

60% 5 months ago

Rock Sins Rock Sins

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

40% 5 months ago

Evening Standard Evening Standard

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

5 months 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% 5 months ago

CrypticRock.com CrypticRock.com

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

5 months 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% 5 months ago

Belfast Telegraph Belfast Telegraph

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

40% 5 months ago

lautde lautde

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

70% 5 months ago

Clash Music Clash Music

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

40% 5 months 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.

5 months 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% 5 months 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% 5 months 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% 5 months 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% 5 months 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 months 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 months ago

Beat Magazine Beat Magazine

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

60% 5 months 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 months 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 months ago

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

Dksweb6 months 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!!!

TheLokiLover6 months ago
Beautiful! Shut up haters! This is Avril’s best album yet!

KBKing027 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!❤️

Armijito7 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.

runhideduck6 months 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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