Snap judgment: Avril Lavigne's "Keep Holding On"

I’m not so above it all that I’ll deny tapping my foot when Avril Lavigne’s "Complicated" comes on the radio. But her new single, "Keep Holding On," is, quite simply, a heinoustry. Yes, I know that’s not a real word, but I don’t want to sully the adjective heinous — which has been quite good to me through the years, and deserves a special Emmy for its work in the opening credits of Law & Order: SVU — by associating it with this piece of dreck from the Eragon soundtrack. C’mon, say it with me, "heinoustry!" It’ll distract you from Avril’s lyrics, which (I kid you not) begin with the following words: "You’re not alone/ Together we stand/ I’ll be by your side/ You know I’ll take your hand." (OMG, I think she, like, totally stole that from my eighth-grade Trapper Keeper!) Even worse, Avril sings the word together like it’s pronounced "to-gah-thuh." Seriously, ugh, I have to go chug gin or dip a Q-Tip in Clorox right now and clean my ears till they bleed. And either way, that’s no way to start the morning. Don’t take my word for it, though. "Keep Holding On" is streaming right now at AOL Music. What think ye?


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  • Joe C

    I heard a little of the song the other day. I am not sure yet, Michael, although I DO like Miss Avril overall.

  • melissa

    omg that songs totally sucks. that is way below her talents as a singer. it sounds like she is a new singer trying to score a record deal. the whole song has to many gaps between the lyrics. i know she can do better then that. you nailed it when you used the word heinoustry. put this incredible word in the books…lol

  • Jordan R

    I actually like it! It sounds like some of her other work and I like the overall tune of the chorus. Not heinoustry by any means.

  • Eric

    I don’t know when or why this song was written but it was clearly selected for the Eragon soundtrack for it’s simplistic and non-descript lyrics. “Keep holding on”, “fight and defend” those lyrics fit the marketing tie in.
    Had it been about a heroin addicted stripper who was abused by her daddy, I doubt it would mesh well with (what looks like a terrible) medieval based fantasy dragon quest!
    And since it will only play over the final credits you know no one will ever hear it again.

  • jen

    It sounds like all her other stuff to me. Not that that is a good thing. Regarding the pronounciation of together: Have you never heard her sing anything else? She’s Canadian, dude. They sing weird.

  • Vicky

    It’s not terrible. I think they made her keep it simple for the kiddies. Tweeny girls need to be able to sing along with this song because the movie looks like it’s for kids anyway. I’ll wait for Avril’s new album. Hopefully that’ll be better.

  • H

    I haven’t heard the song yet so I can’t agree or disagree, but this post just made me laugh out loud (the trapper keeper line…still giggling). Way to be funny Slezack.

  • jason

    in it’s context it’s fine. it’s a soundtrack song for a family movie, what did you want? it’s not the worst song ever made. take it for what it’s worth.

  • ro

    It’s significantly better than the audio abortion that is Gwen Stefani’s “Wind It Up.”

  • jaime

    Avril loves Alanis. Remember last year when Alanis did “Wunderkind” for “Narnia”? Yeah, it was a much a better song, this seems like the poor man’s version of that.

  • Q-A

    I think it’s way ok. Heinoustry does not apply to this at all! I mean, Jason had a point, it’s for a family movie what were you expecting? Ring the Alarm 2?

  • Bill

    Wow – Avril is like, so punk and stuff.
    “Heinoustry” indeed.

  • jo

    It’s really not that bad–certainly better than that crappy Jill Sobule song you loved and posted earlier this week!

  • Stephanie M.

    That wasn’t too bad…..well- compared to the Taylor Hicks fiasco going on in another post…YIKES! Now thats AWFUL!

  • john

    This song is really good!!! This song was written for a movie not her record…. duh…
    Avril’s voice is amazing!

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