Avril Lavign: Stacia Molewski/Retna
David Browne
August 05, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Complicated

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Avril Lavigne
Producers
Arista

We gave it an B-

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.

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