Give You What You Like

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"Give You What You Like"
Give You What You Like by Avril.png
Single by Avril Lavigne
from the album Avril Lavigne
Released March 30, 2015[1]
Format
Recorded 2013
Genre Folk pop
Length 3:45
Label Epic
Songwriter(s)
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Chad Kroeger
  • David Hodges
Producer(s)
Avril Lavigne singles chronology
"Hello Kitty"
(2014)
"Give You What You Like"
(2015)
"Fly"
(2015)

"Hello Kitty"
(2014)
"Give You What You Like"
(2015)
"Fly"
(2015)
Music video
"Give You What You Like" on YouTube

"Give You What You Like" is a song recorded by Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne from her self-titled fifth studio album released in 2013. It was written by Lavigne with her husband Chad Kroeger and David Hodges. The song has been praised by critics for expanding Lavigne's musical diversity and exposing her to new genres of music and is the sixth track on the album. Musically, "Give You What You Like" is a folk-pop song with lyrics that describe combating loneliness through swapping sex.[3][4]

On 30 March 2014, Lavigne confirmed that "Give You What You Like" would be released as the album's fifth single. It would be released exclusively to North America and Europe, while "Hello Kitty" was released as the album's fourth single exclusively to Asia.[5] After nearly one year, Lavigne posted the song's single artwork on Twitter and confirmed that it would be featured in the Lifetime TV movie Babysitter's Black Book.[6] The song was released to the radio by Epic Records on 30 March 2015 as the album's fifth single.[1]

Background[edit]

Prior to the album's release, snippets of three of the album's tracks were posted online for a short time by Lavigne's record label: "Let Me Go", "Sippin' On Sunshine", and "Give You What You Like". Upon the album's release, Lavigne revealed on Twitter that "Give You What You Like" was one of her favorite songs from the album, and she is considering releasing it as the fourth single from the album, with the other option being "Hello Kitty".[5] She told Idolator that "Give You What You Like", along with "Hello Kitty", "Bad Girl", and "Hush Hush", were her favorite songs from the album.[7] The song has been described as "sexual" by many of its critics and listeners, with many agreeing that the new sound Lavigne has on this song in particular shows a very dark and mature side of her. Lavigne later confirmed that she was hungover when she recorded the song, "One day I was hungover, tired, vulnerable, and didn't want to sing, but he (Chad Kroeger) made me go in on 'Give You What You Like,' and do it anyway. The rawness of my vocals comes across in the song, which made it better. I'd have to do harmonies sometimes, and I'd start whining, and he'd want me to do 10 takes of vocals."[8]

Critical reception[edit]

"Give You What You Like" garnered critical acclaim from critics, who complimented the mature sound that Lavigne showed on the song and praised its equally matured themes. Jason Lipshutz of Billboard wrote that "the bright-eyed innocence of '17' and 'Bitchin' Summer' has vanished on 'Give You What You Like'". He further called it "a harrowing glimpse inside the exchange of physical pleasures to combat loneliness" but criticized the song's production. He ended his review by comparing Lavigne's vocals in the song to those of her 2002 hit, "I'm with You".[9]

Allan Raible of ABC News also praised the song, writing, "As the tempos slow down, things get less juvenile and slightly more interesting. 'Give You What You Like' begins with the words, 'Please wrap your drunken arms around me.' (At last, darker material!) This is a rather sleazy song, but it is way more interesting than the shallow stabs at teen pop. At least there is some sort of grit. It's not just a middle finger (referencing the album's opening track, "Rock n Roll")."[10]

Lavigne in the video.

Sam Lansky of Idolator called the middle of the album (including "Give You What You Like") "less-effective", but praised "Let Me Go" and "Give You What You Like", writing that while "Let Me Go" was the superior track, "Give You What You Like" is "a fantastically eerie paean to a miserable one-night stand."[11]

Music video[edit]

A trailer of "Give You What You Like" was first released on Lavigne's official Vevo on 2 February 2015 at a total length of thirty seconds.[12] The full music video was released on her official Vevo on 10 February 2015.[13] The music video includes footage from the Lifetime TV movie Babysitter's Black Book, which was released on February 21, 2015.[14]

Chart[edit]

Chart (2013-2015) Peak
position
South Korea (Gaon International Chart)[15] 55

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States 30 March 2015 Hot adult contemporary radio Epic [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Hot/Modern/AC Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on February 27, 2015.
  2. ^ "Avril Lavigne - Give You What You Like (CD) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  3. ^ Villa, Lucas (February 19, 2015). "Review: Avril Lavigne aims to please on 'Give You What You Like'". AXS. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  4. ^ Rheubottom, Robert (February 11, 2015). "Avril Lavigne debuts video for new single 'Give You What You Like'". AXS. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Lavigne, Avril (27 February 2014). "@avrilbandaidsIT: Wich song would U love the most to be the next single? Include #3daysuntilavrillavigne HELLO KITTY or GIVE U WHAT U LIKE". Twitter.
  6. ^ "Avril Lavigne Teases New Music Video Following Undisclosed Illness". Billboard. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  7. ^ Sam Lansky (November 6, 2013). "Avril Lavigne Talks New Album, High-Profile Collaborations & Her Eye Makeup: Watch". Idolator. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  8. ^ Mickey Woods (November 6, 2013). "Avril Lavigne Chats With Us About Her New Album (Out Now!) and Her Obsessions". Glamour.com. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Avril Lavigne, 'Avril Lavigne': Track-By-Track Review". Billboard. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  10. ^ Allan Raible (November 9, 2013). "Music Reviews: The Latest From Eminem, MIA, Avril Lavigne and More". Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  11. ^ Sam Lansky (November 5, 2013). "Avril Lavigne's 'Avril Lavigne': Album Review". Idolator. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  12. ^ Bradley Stern (3 February 2015). "Avril Lavigne Teases "Give You What You Like" Video: Watch". Idolator. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  13. ^ "Avril Lavigne - Give You What You Like". YouTube. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Babysitter's Black Book (2015)". Imdb.com. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Gaon Chart" (2013, week 46 Digital Chart). Gaon. Retrieved 7 February 2015.

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