It happens, you get acquainted with someone and totally hit it off. But something changes and you just drift off. You might wish them well and enjoy brief and irregular encounters, or attempt to rekindle the flame by looking back over better times, but it’s an uphill struggle.
This happened to me and Avril Lavigne (why do I want to call her April Lasagne? Where did I hear that?). In 2002/03 she was a massive new artist, with debut album “Let go” containing several brilliant singles that I’m still fond of, as well as being a solid pop album defining her artistic journey so far. Followup “Under my skin” was similarly fantastic, and it seemed that she wasn’t going to just be a flash in the pan.
But then she took a little time out – or at least from a UK perspective, “Let go” and “Under my skin” were little more than a year apart. Though I loved the singles from “The Best Damn Thing”, it didn’t quite have the same resonance. Maybe I moved on, it didn’t seem like she had particlarly. So another 4 years later, another album drifted by without me really paying attention. I think it’s time to set that straight. Continue reading