Fri, May 06, 2011 - Page 13 News List

All grown up?

By Noah Buchan  /  Staff Reporter

Photo Courtesy of Brokers Brothers Herald

Canadian pop/punk singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne will take to the stage at Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall (台北世界貿易中心南港展覽館) on May 13 for the Taipei leg of her 2011 Black Star Tour.

It’s the first time the diminutive rocker has played Taiwan and the concert should be heavy on tunes from her latest album, Goodbye, Lullaby, which was released in March.

Lavigne, 26, has grown up since she first stormed the music scene aged 17 in 2002 with her debut album Let Go. Well, kind of.

Hailed at the time as a fresh alternative to the glammy artifice of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, Lavigne’s tomboyish style and precocious lyrics about the trials and tribulations of adolescent life struck a chord with teenyboppers hankering for something they could relate to.

Let Go reached the top of the UK music charts — making her the youngest female soloist at the time to do so. She followed it up with Under My Skin (2004), an album full of dark melodies and angst-ridden lyrics suggestive of Courtney Love and Janis Joplin — two musical influences.

Her third album, The Best Damn Thing (2007), was a departure from her earlier somber work, both musically and lyrically. She described the pop album in an MTV interview as “fast, fun, young, bratty, rock, aggressive, confident, cocky in a playful way.”

With Goodbye, Lullaby, Lavigne returns to her introspective roots. Music critics, however, have responded somewhat lukewarmly to the album, with Allmusic saying that Lavigne “seems to be grappling with emotions beyond her reach.”

Others have written that the album is a combination of all the musical styles found on Lavigne’s earlier albums — suggesting that Goodbye, Lullaby is more a transitional work than anything else.

Performance Notes

What: Avril Lavigne: The Black Star Tour

When: May 13 at 8pm

Where: Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall (台北世界貿易中心南港展覽館), 1 Jingmao 2nd Rd, Taipei City (台北市經貿二路1號)

Tickets: NT$1,350 to NT$3,800, available through ERA ticketing. Call (02) 2341-9898 or visit

Still, fans in Taiwan don’t seem too concerned: 90 percent of tickets for next week’s show have already sold as of press time, according to the concert’s organizer.

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