SINGLE REVIEW: “Bad Girl” – Avril Lavigne Ft. Marilyn Manson

Several days ago, former punk-princess Avril Lavigne debuted “Bad Girl,” a 3-minute pop-rock single featuring the always controversial Marilyn Manson.

Now, sometimes the stars align just right, and seemingly by fate, two artists who we think have nothing in common come together to create a truly wonderful collaborative work that defines a generation. Unfortunately, after several listens through, I can assure you that this is not one of those times.

First, I’ll begin with my opinion; the song’s only noteworthy aspect: it’s melody and chorus. For years, Lavigne’s consistently radio friendly hooks dominated pop culture, so it should come as no surprise that “Bad Girl” is tough to get out of your head. Hell, I just spent two paragraphs telling you that the song sucks, and I’m still humming the chorus. As such, I’m sure in the coming months the track will find its way onto both advertisements and popular sitcoms.

That being said however, the best part about “Bad Girl” is also its downfall. Yes, it’s catchy, but quite frankly, it doesn’t distinguish itself in any way from anything else one might stumble upon while skimming the airwaves. The song is structured as one would expect, closely following the standard verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus set-up, while the subject matter is painfully predictable, basically consisting of Lavigne trying to convince listeners that she is, you guessed it, a “bad girl.” Unfortunately, this claim is hard to get behind when one reflects on “Sk8er Boi.”

Additionally, fans of Manson will almost certainly be disappointed by the single, as, minus the instrumentation, he is virtually nowhere to be found on the track, apart from a very creepy voice-over in the song’s opening seconds, and the occasional background yelp during the chorus.

Still, I’ve been wrong before, so if you think I’m full of it, you can catch the track in its entirety below. If you feel differently, be sure to comment below and let us know what you think!

Kyle Florence
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