Britney, Katy and Gaga might be the rage, and together they’ll keep battling to see who’ll be on top. Meanwhile, other viable talents wait in the wings asking, “What the hell?” Avril Lavigne is among them, but honestly, I don’t see her worrying about her peers.
Britney, Katy and Gaga might be the rage, and together they’ll keep battling to see who’ll be on top. Meanwhile, other viable talents wait in the wings asking, “What the hell?”
Avril Lavigne is among them, but honestly, I don’t see her worrying about her peers.
It’s complicated, you know. She just keeps holding on, making great songs as she goes.
Lavigne’s latest album, “Goodbye Lullaby,” is yet another solid set from the Canadian pop-punk songstress.
Leading the charge is the instant hit, “What The Hell,” produced by Max Martin. It’s the Avril we’ve come to know and love, but it’s also more. It goes to show that when you’ve found your signature self, go with it. She’s not a pretender, for sure.
Her previous albums, “Let Go,” “Under My Skin” and 2007’s “The Best Damn Thing,” set us up for the new single. It follows on the energetic heels of “Sk8er Boi” and “Girlfriend,” but it’s not the overall sentiment of the record. “Goodbye Lullaby” digs deeper than Lavigne has gone before.
Sure, “Complicated,” "I’m With You,” “My Happy Ending,” and “When You’re Gone” previously lead us down some darker roads, but her music clearly shows she’s behind the wheel.
Since her last album, Lavigne has grown both personally and in her music. Life has a way of doing that to a person and she’s no exception. In her case, she said it was her divorce from Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley. Ironically, Whibley co-produced the latter half of the new album.
“Goodbye Lullaby” opens with the subtle “Black Star,” which I was hoping could have been a full track. The soft piano and airy feeling caught me off-guard, but then the raved-up “What The Hell” brought me back to reality — it was Avril after all.
“Push” is the kind of song that could have come only from her recent experiences. It may be one of her best tracks to date.
She sings of the give and take in a relationship: “Baby, ‘cause this is love/And you know when push comes to shove/It’s gonna take the both of us/Baby this is love, love, love, love... .”
“Wish You Were Here” accentuates Lavigne’s softer side that sometimes gets lost under her angst-driven exterior. It’s a definite standout.
Other notable tracks include “I Love You,” Not Enough,” “4 Real,” “Goodbye,” and a hidden track titled “Alice.”
Some people say Taylor Swift is like the girl next door, when in actuality the girls next door today are a little more like Lavigne. They’re not afraid to say they don’t like your girlfriend, as opposed to sitting on the sidelines and thinking you belong to them.
Lavigne’s going to tell you the way it is.
Check out “Goodbye Lullaby” today and see for yourself.
David T. Farr is a Strugis, Mich., Journal correspondent. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.