Goodbye Lullaby

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  • Summary: A divorce and two-year break left Lavigne with plenty to ponder, and her newest album is one of her most personal and introspective albums to date.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
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  1. Mar 8, 2011
    70
    Goodbye Lullaby seems as much about the singer-songwriter's self-examination - she co-wrote all the tracks and is the sole author on many - as about any outward relationships.
  2. 70
    It's the pop-factory material, not Ms. Lavigne's own presumably more personal songs, that offers details, humor and a sense of letting go. Her grown-up seriousness could use a little more of them.
  3. Mar 4, 2011
    69
    Consider it easing into the topic at hand, which turns out to be the songstress' most intimate and soul-baring set to date.
  4. Mar 7, 2011
    60
    Lavigne once again seems to be grappling with emotions just beyond her reach, never articulating her angst or crafting a melancholy melody, making Goodbye Lullaby feel affected, not genuine.
  5. Mar 7, 2011
    60
    Whether Goodbye Lullaby was all a tad over thought, or whether she's just holding back, the finished product falls significantly short of Avril Lavigne's own capabilities.
  6. Mar 16, 2011
    50
    If you wanna know how NOT to do it, listen to the last five tracks on Goodbye Lullaby. Avril wrote them all herself, and let's just say she's an artist who benefits from collaboration.
  7. Mar 15, 2011
    40
    Faced with competing for "pop" ambitions this "rock" wannabe never really had, she instead strides toward brunette-dom on the new, stalwartly unfun Goodbye Lullaby, which--if you couldn't tell from the piano on the cover-means Vanessa Carlton and Michelle Branch. This is the death of Auto-Tune, moment of silence. Except, you know, for the single.

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  1. Oct 16, 2015
    10
    o galero doro esse album mentira nunca ouvi inteiro kk vamo ajuda a Jessinha q nunca saiu do amarelo tour?//////////////????o galero doro esse album mentira nunca ouvi inteiro kk vamo ajuda a Jessinha q nunca saiu do amarelo tour?//////////////???? OKOKKKKOKKOKOKOOKOKOKOKOKOK xx Expand
  2. Apr 14, 2011
    10
    Avril Lavigne is authentic in her album's, and goodbye lullaby is a mature process of her career, she back to her old times with this album,Avril Lavigne is authentic in her album's, and goodbye lullaby is a mature process of her career, she back to her old times with this album, this is not a funny album, is more emotional, deeper, is Avril in the best essence, finally one album where the electropop not appears! Thanks God! Expand
  3. Mar 8, 2011
    10
    Good Album, but a little too dull in the middle, anyway it's still a gd album and she finally put her own feelings in the album, well done,Good Album, but a little too dull in the middle, anyway it's still a gd album and she finally put her own feelings in the album, well done, Avril!! Keep Going, this is ur best album!!~ Expand
  4. Nov 12, 2013
    9
    Before I start, I need to say that I'm reviewing the 'deluxe version.' I'm not reviewing the 'bonus version' as I haven't listened to thatBefore I start, I need to say that I'm reviewing the 'deluxe version.' I'm not reviewing the 'bonus version' as I haven't listened to that one.

    This is most definitely my favorite album out of all of Avril's albums. In this album, most of the songs have taken to a mellow sound. However, many also include either a 'heartache' feel or Avril's 'goofing about' style. There are also a few songs that she sings about being in love which really sweetens the sound of the record. So, there is plenty of variety here!

    I'm going to split all of her songs into categories here. These will range from 'mellow', 'goofing about' 'heartache', and 'I love you.' There is also one extra category but this only has one song in it, so I'll just talk about that one song instead of putting it into a category.

    Okay, for 'mellow' there are 'Black Star', 'Wish You Were Here' (this could also go into the 'heartache category but it isn't raw heartache like other ones.) There's also 'Everybody Hurts', '4 Real', and 'Darlin. These five songs all have a very different feel. My personal favorite in this category just has to be 'Everybody Hurts.' It's got some priceless lyrics, it is very relate-able and it is catchy. I really feel that this is where you begin to feel Avril's pain.

    The next category, which is 'goofing about' only has two songs. These consist of 'What the Hell' and 'Smile.' Both of these are very energetic and fun to listen to. They have both got some crazy lyrics. However, 'Smile' which is my favorite isn't as crazy. In the verses Avril is acting all crazy but in the chorus there really is some meaning in there. Singing about why someone you love makes you smile is just beautiful, yet it is still incredibly catchy. So, don't let that put you off!

    The next category which is 'heartache' includes 'Not Enough', 'Remember When' and 'Goodbye'. These three songs, yet all in the same category sound different. My favorite out of this category is probably 'Not Enough' because, well it is very relate-able for me and Avril's vocals just shine here. In this song, you can really hear the pain in her voice. The way she belts out the chorus, yet sings softly on the verses are just beautiful. There is also a very nice use of giving effect in this song where she adds even more pain at the end just by simply humming as the song slowly fades out; beautiful!

    The next category which is 'I love you' consists of 'Push', 'Stop Standing There' and 'I Love You.' These songs are a beautiful mix. All reflecting the same emotion but in different ways. For example, 'Push' doesn't reflect the love that is in 'I Love You as in 'Push' it's about the peaks and troughs in a relationship. In 'I Love You' it's about why the person in the relationship still loves their partner and more importantly why. I can't really name a favorite in this category. So, I will just explain the last one as I have already explained the other two. 'Stop Standing There' is about the person who is in love with someone but doesn't know if the other person feels the same way as the person feels. It's about why does he just stand there. Does he feel the same way the person feels. It's a very beautiful song, so I reckon you will like it. This category is a lovely category, filled with beautiful and meaningful lyrics which will really bring a smile to your face.

    The last category but very small category which is called 'inner strength' is consisted of one song which is called 'Alice.' 'Alice' is a song that Avril made for, you guessed it 'Alice In Wonderland.' This song is basically about the ups and downs of the film but how strong the character is. ''I...I won't cry' is one of the lyrics in the chorus. This song can either be perceived as just for the film or inner strength for you. Maybe you have had a bad day, maybe you have just dealt with a 'heart stabbing' breakup. Whatever it is, it's a nice song to listen to. It's right at the end, so it can be missed if you're not paying attention.

    To wrap my review up, I leave you with my recommendations and of course, my verdict. My score is 9/10 because Avril did an amazing job on this album but what knocked down the score was the very short song 'Black Star' and that's really all that knocked it down. That song didn't really mean anything to me, was it supposed to mean anything? Well, I don't know. Knowing Avril, it probably was but it didn't come off as that for me. It probably did for other people but hey that's just me.

    I highly recommend this album, it has a lovely mix of moods styles. The people I recommend this to are: Avril Lavigne fans, people who love beautiful lyrics or are dealing with a harsh breakup. Last but not least, people who are having a tough time for whatever reason. I believe this album will help you get through your tough time. Why? This album has helped me loads with my struggles and has really cheered me up or made me feel 'I'm not alone here.'

    Thanks for reading and I hope this helped you
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  5. Feb 16, 2013
    7
    Definitely Avril declined sharply with her ​​new album 'Goodbye Lullaby' is nothing more than childish lyrics, simple chords and littleDefinitely Avril declined sharply with her ​​new album 'Goodbye Lullaby' is nothing more than childish lyrics, simple chords and little variation. But, the great voice of this little girl, makes the album stand at least bearable. Expand
  6. Feb 16, 2014
    6
    Avril Lavigne's fourth offering, 'Goodbye Lullaby', aimed to show a more personal side to the singer, released after a four-year absence. WithAvril Lavigne's fourth offering, 'Goodbye Lullaby', aimed to show a more personal side to the singer, released after a four-year absence. With 'The Best Damn Thing' still fresh in people's minds, it could be forgiven that fans wanted, and expected, more of the same infectious songs that emanated from her 2007 release. I am an Avril Lavigne fan, verging on being a 'Little Black Star', and I respect and admire her music and her work. This particular album was a dramatic change from anything she had released before, stripping her songs of the production make-up, instead bringing her voice to the forefront, and here is the biggest compliment within this review: Avril Lavigne's voice is beautiful. From the very first track, 'Black Star', Avril's voice demands, and captures, your attention. The lead single, 'What the Hell', continues this trend, albeit matched with many various instruments. What is undeniable, as the chorus begins, lies in her dramatic vocal range, soaring through the octaves as if it was a simple vocal exercise. 'Wish You Were Here' too, provides the highest vocal register on the entire album, adding an exclamation mark to the fearsome wish to be with the love of her life. As we delve further into the album, 'I Love You', 'Push' and 'Goodbye' showcases the raw emotion Avril was aiming to deliver, showcasing her diversity when it comes to providing many different versions of a single theme, similar to 'Under my Skin'. But from here, things begin to stabilize. That's not to say anything she provides is terrible, or even bad, but little flaws take the shine off an otherwise great album. The lyrics for 'Stop Standing There', for example, are the weakest within the entire album, it's introduction doing little to attract the listener in, even if the chorus is satisfactory. Once again arriving at 'Black Star', it comes as a disappointment that this song was not developed beyond an introduction. To me, this song provided the most potential, yet the repetitive lyrics and it's stunted growth worked against it, even if Avril's voice complimented it's composition perfectly. 'Wish You Were Here', meanwhile, would have benefited greatly if it was arranged differently when it came to instrumentation. The lyrics and voice were exceptional, but it was what they were wrapped in that made the song a little stale. 'Goodbye' picks the album up, removing any flaws that had been previously mentioned, while 'Alice', the hidden track, shows just how temporary this album's flaws are, increasing it's standard dramatically, even if technically it belongs more within 'Almost Alice' than it does within 'Goodbye Lullaby'.

    This album, then, is far from perfect. There are problems, both in production and in lyrics, that hinder it's popularity, and yet, it's high notes just about make up for them. Avril Lavigne's most personal album yet will make a worthy addition to anyone's collection, but there are more expressive, better crafted albums out there, including Lavigne's own work, that fulfill the same brief.
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  7. Apr 25, 2014
    0
    I'll always respect Lavigne as an artist, and I hope that she'll eventually find her "true self". But Goodbye Lullaby is conflicted betweenI'll always respect Lavigne as an artist, and I hope that she'll eventually find her "true self". But Goodbye Lullaby is conflicted between sounding mainstream and alternative. I'd prefer Lavigne to find her old roots, and possibly express them in a newer way. But Goodbye Lullaby is the "same ol', same ol'". Expand

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