Avril Lavigne - 'Hot'
You've got to love songs with tempo changes in. Even if the change is no cleverer than a sudden halving or doubling of speed, in an age when musical dynamics have been reduced to things either being louder or quieter, silent or deafening, it's really refreshing to hear someone abandon the tick-tock metronome for a bit and put some thought into the arrangement of the entire song, not just the opening bars.
Yup, I'm actually implying that Avril is some kind of musical genius at this point, which I would imagine is a fairly controversial point of view. So, in the interests of balance, I will also add that she's perhaps a little creepy when she's trying to be sexy. Not massively creepy, but any come hither-type song which contains the line "now you're in, you can't get out" is possibly crossing a line from 'passionate sexy talk' into 'scary stalking talk' (plus it's massively disturbing if you think about it too much).
Other than that, top marks for lyrical vividness, and for capturing something of the moment when you're so knocked out by your new kissyfriend that you are willing to talk endless streams of total sexcack, mainly because talking is all you're ready for.
This is why she can get away with a line like "I can make you say everything that you've never said", without raising giggles from smart-arses like...well...
... and jokes about what kind of stuff Avril could actually make you say that you've never said before. Maybe something like "Gravy AND custard on my crisps? Yes please!", or "I bet I could eat a whole steam-roller", or "hey, when's it going to be Chico time again?"...heh, that would be funny...
*comes to senses again*
So yeah, nice new-wave verses, nice enormous chorus - it's anthemic (and a little squeaky), and suits Avril's adenoidal rasp rather well. Docked one star for not being as brilliant as 'Girlfriend'. But then, very few things are.