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Music Review: Avril Lavigne – Goodbye Lullaby

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The punk princess is back. Avril Lavigne’s new album, Goodbye Lullaby, comes out March 8, 2011 after a long two-year hiatus. Lavigne is known for her edgy love songs, like “When You’re Gone,” “My Happy Ending,” “I’m With You” and “Girlfriend.” There is no shortage of that on Goodbye Lullaby, but Lavigne also shows us happier songs with her signature punk spin.

The singer already has us bopping our heads to the radio-friendly Avril Lavigne “What The Hell,” the first single off the album, and it’s a fun, upbeat tune. It’s also a freedom anthem and the beginning of Lavigne’s transition. She officially divorced her husband, Deryck Whibley (even though he was a collaborator on Goodbye Lullaby) last year and started dating reality star (and step-brother to Kim Kardashian) Brody Jenner.

Avril Lavigne is in love, and you can see that in “Smile.” If you can get past some of the cursing, you will see that she spills her heart to her new love and just wants to smile: “You’re the reason I smile” she sings, and she talks about her new tattoo (which she got with Jenner).

“Stop Standing There” has an interesting ’50s-’60s vibe, with clapping included. The song shows Lavigne growing up and expanding her opportunities to share herself in her relationship. And “I Love You” just seems like a sweet ode and lullaby to her new man: “I like the way you are such a star.” She calls him beautiful and loves him because of him. It’s very touching for such an edgy girl.

But Avril Lavigne is not all about lovey dovey moments. In “Not Enough,” she sings over a guitar about the end of a relationship. Love just isn’t enough sometimes and “I think it’s time to give this up” sums it up. “Remember When” sweetly describes feelings of emptiness and the loss, while “Goodbye” ends the album with an almost angelic serenade. It concludes not just the end of the album, but of a relationship.

The singer added an extended version of the song “Alice” to her album—the song was originally on the soundtrack for Alice In Wonderland. “Alice” captures exactly what Alice is going through, as she falls through the rabbit hole. And Lavigne is perfect for this mystical story, as Alice triumphs.

Avril is back! She brings it with tons of fun songs to suit your mood, in love and out of love!

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