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June 8, 2011

Goodbye Lullaby by Avril Lavigne

 Lately, I've been immersing myself with Avril Lavigne's fourth and latest studio album, Goodbye Lullaby... 



As mentioned in one of my previous posts, I've been a fan of Avril since the release of her first hit single, Complicated, from her very first album, Let Go, in 2002... Through out the years, I cannot deny that because of her change in style from rock to slutty, my support for her was going up and down the hill but her fourth album somehow brought me back the strong feeling of admiration towards her...



Believe me when I say my eyes were teary after I found out that she wouldn't be coming to Malaysia for her 2011 Asia tour... She's definitely on the top of my list of people I must see performing on stage before I die besides Hayley Williams of Paramore and the guys from My Chemical Romance...


Here is the track list of Goodbye Lullaby


1. "Black Star"  


2. "What the Hell"  


3. "Push"  


4. "Wish You Were Here"  


5. "Smile"  


6. "Stop Standing There"  


7. "I Love You"  


8. "Everybody Hurts"  


9. "Not Enough"  


10. "4 Real"  


11. "Darlin"  


12. "Remember When"  


13. "Goodbye"  


14. "Alice" (extended version)



Most of the songs are filled with wonderful piano sound... For example, try listening to the first track, Black Star, which is quite short but elaborated in terms of the lyrics... It serves as a great introduction to the whole album as it prepares fellow listeners on what to expect from the most of the songs...


"Black Star" is actually the name of fragrance by Avril Lavigne...


Next on the list is the first single of the album, What the Hell... When I first listened to the track on the radio, I had some doubts about how great the whole album would be... I thought that it would be as cheerleader-ish kinda album like The Best Damn Thing... Therefore, I tend to be a bit skeptical... However, the song grew into me and I found myself liking it more than I thought I could...


As u can see in the video, there are so many product placements of Avril's fragrance and clothing line, Abbey Dawn... One thing I must say is her acting as a girly girl kinda suck... Though I appreciate her effort of showing off an amount of her skin... She's so cute and petite... Kinda my type... Teehee...

What the Hell is like the more rebellious sister to Avril's Girlfriend of the third album, The Best Damn Thing... It has that bitchy tone but the lyrics are more towards I couldn't care less kinda attitude... However, even though it's the first single, the song doesn't represent the whole album at all because other tracks are more sappy and lovey dovey kind of songs - hence the name Goodbye Lullaby...

The third track, Push, brings back the pace brought by Black Star as the tune set the audience into ballad mode... Basically, all of the tracks inside the album except What the Hell are ballads... However, each one of them is unique from each other...

I Love You is a very simple and direct love song with a slow rhythm whereas, Smile - the second single, is a bit fast paced and strong...


Stop Standing There is positively groovy... Wish You Were Here is kinda slow and emotional... Goodbye has its own sentimental values... and the list goes on... Each track has its own special features in terms of the lyrics, beat, music and style of singing...

The strong point of this album certainly doesn't lie on the lyrics, but more on Avril's amazing vocal and the wonderful sounds of piano and acoustic instrument... I adore Avril's ability to sing different types of tones and levels of pitch and combine them to create a wonderful symphony of her voice... Besides that, I love the part when she sorta yodel at the end of certain lines in most of her songs... So pump up the volume to the max when u're listening to the songs and try to focus on Avril's combination of tones and the wonderful beat of the drums, piano and guitar...

All in all, I'm very satisfied with this album... It strengthen my believe that Avril is simply amazing in terms of her singing and song writing...

For more insight on the album, click here...

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