Complicated Avril Lavigne's not kidding about that title, "Complicated." This likable, if flyweight, number, another example of the new corporate female "rock" (Fiona Apple with "hard"… Complicated Avril Lavigne's not kidding about that title, "Complicated." This likable, if flyweight, number, another example of the new corporate female "rock" (Fiona Apple with "hard"… Avril Lavigne
Music Review

''Complicated''

Avril Lavigne | NOT SO 'COMPLICATED' Lavigne is the anti-Britney
Image credit: Avril Lavign: Stacia Molewski/Retna
NOT SO 'COMPLICATED' Lavigne is the anti-Britney
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Lead Performance: Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne's not kidding about that title, ''Complicated.'' This likable, if flyweight, number, another example of the new corporate female ''rock'' (Fiona Apple with ''hard'' guitars and all the weird, rough edges filed down), gets off to a perkier start than most of its competition.

It's usually grating to hear attention-seeking celebrities (or up-and-comers) complain about friends and lovers not acting like themselves, as Lavigne does here, but we'll cut her some slack given she's still in her teen years. Too bad the song is bogged down by the wordiest chorus in recent memory. The video, in which Lavigne is backed by boys who look like they yearn to be a blink-182 karaoke band, is, like Lavigne herself, the epitome of the blossoming anti-Britney movement.

Originally posted Aug 05, 2002 Published in issue #666 Aug 09, 2002 Order article reprints