The Bottom Line
A new album on its way by Avril Lavigne is certainly a pop music event. She has sold over 20 million albums worldwide with her first two releases. We will have a few more months to wait for the third collection, but this new song from the soundtrack to the movie Eragon is whetting our appetites. It may be simple, but it's classic Avril.
Listen to "Keep Holding On" via AOL Music
- Avril's slightly edgy voice
- Simple, uplifting lyrics
- Rousing, power-ballad arrangement
- Content is a bit shallow
- Soaring strings and chiming guitars
- Sweet vocals with a slight, raspy edge from Avril Lavigne
- Words of support, survival, perseverance, and personal power
Guide Review - Avril Lavigne - Keep Holding On
On first hearing "Keep Holding On," Avril Lavigne's theme from the adventure film Eragon, there is no mistaking the singer. She is delivering sweet, uplifting, supportive lyrics, but, as always, the slight edge in Lavigne's voice prevents the song from tipping into saccharine territory.
Utilizing production and songwriting talents of hitmaker Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, look for "Keep Holding On" to become another significant pop hit for Avril Lavigne. The song, with subject matter related to perseverance and surviving obstacles along the way, is instantly singable and will be accessible even to the youngest pop music fans. The content may seem a bit shallow, but complexity is not needed for an effective movie theme aimed at middle school age kids.
Avril Lavigne's next album is due in the first half of 2007 and Avril herself claims it will be her best yet. As a reminder of her instantly recognizable vocal skills and surehanded way with a melody, "Keep Holding On" will be effective in kicking off anticipation for this upcoming event.