Following her comeback anthem, “Head Above Water,” earlier this fall, Avril Lavigne is back with an all-new single ahead of her long-awaited 6th album. “Tell Me It’s Over” pushes Avril into a soulful new direction. Over a jazzy, Motown-inspired track, Avril shows off the best vocals of her career thus far. The retro song starts slow and low, Avril crooning softly over a bittersweet instrumental before reaching a big, belted chorus. Avril masterfully channels 1960s divas like Aretha Franklin, but updated with just enough modernity to keep it fresh. “Tell Me It’s Over” would fit right in on Kelly Clarkson’s 2017 album Meaning Of Life or on any of Lana Del Rey’s releases.
Lyrically, “Tell Me It’s Over” describes a toxic on-and-off relationship that’s destined to fail. Avril is no stranger to breakup anthems, but this one is more complex and mature than her earlier material. She illuminates the emotions behind the ups and downs of a troubled relationship with poetic lyrics. Those words come to life with her impassioned vocals.
In a statement, Avril Lavigne shared the inspiration behind “Tell Me It’s Over”:
I feel like I’ve really opened up on this record more than I ever have before. Each song tells a story that will hopefully inspire others to believe in themselves and stand up for what they know is right and what they truly deserve! Tell Me It’s Over is an anthem about being strong and finally putting your foot down and closing the door on a relationship that you know is wrong after time and time again of falling for their games. If someone doesn’t treat you the way you deserve to be treated, don’t put up with it. It’s understandably so hard because in the past every time you saw them, they sucked you in and you fell right back into their web. But not anymore starting now!
The vocals and the lyrics are very vulnerable which is reflective of the feelings I got in relationships like these. I wanted to write something classic. I have been inspired by some of the timeless queens I listen to every day at home, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin and Etta James. They represent women who stand up for women and aren’t going to put up with a man’s bullshit anymore!!
The music video for “Tell Me It’s Over” follows the relationship of a couple on the verge of a breakup. Avril and her boyfriend have wonderful memories together – dancing in front of a Christmas tree, cuddling on their front porch – but bad ones, too. The fights weigh down their relationship. By the end of the video, Avril must choose whether it ends here. It’s a simple but effective clip. Erica Silverman directed the video, which was filmed in late November.
Watch the new music video for “Tell Me It’s Over” below:
“Tell Me It’s Over” appears on Avril Lavigne’s upcoming 6th album, Head Above Water. Featuring 12 new songs, the album will be out on February 15th. Pre-order it now to get instant downloads of both “Head Above Water” and “Tell Me It’s Over.” Find streaming, digital, and physical options here. Avril’s official site also includes several merch bundles. Target will also release a CD with two exclusive bonus tracks; the names of those songs are not yet known.
While we await the full album, you can also stream “Tell Me It’s Over” on Spotify.
Both “Head Above Water” and “Tell Me It’s Over” have proven to be some of Avril’s best singles in years. They promise a stunning new album that is at once personal and emotional, yet also experimental, diverse, and impressive.
Get ready to hear all of Head Above Water on February 15th. While we count down the days until its release, catch up on all that went into making the comeback album. Keep checking back here for all the latest Avril Lavigne music news.