Why'd you have to go and make things so complicated?
Avril Lavigne is one of the young teen stars to come out of the beginning of the 21st century. She tries to be tough and wild and badass while reviving the grunge rock of the early 1990s with an angsty feminine twist.
Avril Lavigne: My World is an up-front seat at the Try To Shut Me Up Tour performance in Buffalo, New York. The concert was okay; even though it isn't necessarily anything memorable, Avril and her band give a mildly decent performance. Her music sounds distinctly different live than it does on her prerecorded radio edits.
All of her songs lacked harmonies in the higher voice ranges, and I spent much of the concert wondering why anyone ever really played these songs on the radio in the first place. The DVD itself plays like a concert televised for VH-1: there is almost as much footage of the audience as there is of Avril and her band.
The Behind-the-Scenes footage, Avril's Cut, was amusing to watch for a little while. It showed her band running around, skateboarding, drinking beer, and just goofing around with performances of some of her songs interspersed in the middle. Video diaries can be interesting and fun, but Avril's Cut just didn't quite make the cut.
The photo gallery isn't much of an addition to the disc: it's a little slide show of 28 photos that you can manipulate with your remote control. The photo quality was clear and very true-to-life; however, I think a timed slide show with music in the background would have been a better presentation. The outtakes section is about two minutes of candid footage of Avril and her band. Although it's cute at times, it played like footage for VH-1 or MTV and, in general, seemed pointless.
In addition to all the extra features that appear in Avril Lavigne: My World, Avril was nice enough to include an Avril gear section on her DVD. She has a display of Avril Lavigne merchandise and ordering information, both online and by telephone.
Overall, the video transfer was excellent. Compositionally the concert was a little disconcerting to watch; I would have preferred to have seen more of what went on in the stage and less of what went on in the audience. The sound quality of the DVD and the accompanying audio CD was excellent too.
I'm not an Avril Lavigne fan; in fact, I'm not even really a popular music fan any more. I did manage to watch the whole concert, and even enjoyed some parts. I wouldn't recommend this as a purchase to anyone who isn't a die-hard Avril Lavigne fan. If you couldn't get concert tickets, save yourself some more money and rent this one.
The court is dismissed and Avril Lavigne: My World is free to go. Now, where is my Mozart?
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