[artist id="1228637"]Avril Lavigne[/artist] has made a career out of jumpy, raucous pop-punk anthems like "Sk8er Boi" and "Girlfriend." But on her upcoming fourth album, slated for November release, she will be taking a completely different approach to her music.
"A lot of the songs are mainly the acoustic and my vocal," Lavigne told Billboard.com. "It's a lot different from anything I've done before. It's not a pop-rock record. This is more about emotion and feeling."
Though the album still doesn't have a title, it does have a producer: [artist id="960668"]Sum 41[/artist] frontman Deryck Whibley, who also happens to be Lavigne's husband. Whibley handles production on eight of the record's planned 12 tracks, with the remainder of the album helmed by frequent collaborator Butch Walker (the former Marvelous 3 frontman who has co-written Lavigne hits like "My Happy Ending" and "When You're Gone").
"I'm kind of just keeping it in the family with all of my close friends," she said. "I didn't work with a ton of people this time."
At least one of the songs from the album is already making the rounds, albeit in truncated form: "Black Star" scores the just-released ad for Lavigne's fragrance of the same name. She's also celebrating the one-year anniversary of the launch of her clothing line, Abbey Dawn.
To match the quieter, stripped-down tone of the album, Lavigne plans on going on a theater tour in support of it. "I feel it will really suit this record," she said.