Avril Lavigne – Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne

Anyone still holding onto the idea that Avril Lavigne‘s music might mature probably won’t be surprised to learn that it hasn’t – not quite.

The lead single to the 29-year-old’s fifth album, which is self-titled, says so as she chants about “never growing up” before she gets nostalgic and retreats to her days as a rebellious young’n in the songs 17, when she was “living so wild and free,” Bitchin’ Summer and the Katy Perry-esque Sippin’ On Sunshine.

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Gavin DeGraw – Make A Move

Gavin DeGraw - Make A Move

The roaring intro of the opening track from Make A Move gives an indication of the change in direction Gavin DeGraw has taken with his fifth record.

Drums take the lead as the album’s slick production is the priority for each of the songs, all of which have co-writers. Gavin’s first album to do so, where all of his prior records were predominately written solo.

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Patty Griffin – Silver Bell

Patty Griffin - Silver Bell

Despite only just becoming available for the first time, Patty Griffin‘s record Silver Bell already boasts a richer history than most. Originally intended for release in 2000, record label politics kept it at bay until finally receiving a release last month.

That didn’t stop songs from being bootlegged and eventually making their way out in other forms. Songs from Silver Bell would go on to be covered by the Wreckers (One More Girl), Joan Osborne (What You Are) and, most notably, the Dixie Chicks, who named a tour and live album after Top Of The World (they also recorded Truth #2). Earlier this year, DCX singer Natalie Maines recorded Silver Bell for her first solo album Mother.

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Katy Perry – Prism

Katy Perry - Prism

Prior to the release of Roar, the first single from Katy Perry‘s new album Prism, she released a series of short videos depicting what most presumed to be a change of direction in her sound. It was a great way to build hype and excitement leading up to the new album, yet also a sense of deception.

The first single Roar was released shortly after and was an immediate success. Instantly catchy ear candy made of Katy’s perfected brand of pop music that fit in just enough for today’s pop music landscape. It utilizes overdone themes and masters cliches but does it so effortlessly.

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