Avril Lavgine's fourth studio album has such passion and emotion to it. Backed
with mostly acoustic instrumentals, such as piano and acoustic guitar, her
lyrics open a window into her soul. If you listen to the entire album, you can
gather some of what was going through her head. Goodbye Lullaby was
written over a time span of several years, and through her divorce with her now
ex-husband. You can tell that there were times when she missed her husband,
Deryck Whibley, times where she was happy about the times they had shared, and the times where she just anted to live life.
Songs of happiness, longing, heartbreak, and love are strew across the album. "Push", "Darlin'", and "I Love You", show just how much you can truely love someone, even if they aren't always happy. "Darlin'" is the oldest track on the album, which was written back when Avril was only fifteen years old. Its about someone you love who's upset. You want to help, but there's nothing you can do. So you just love them the best you can, hoping it'll make a difference.
My personal favorite, however, has to be the fourth track on the album, "Wish You Were Here." It is all about the memories of someone, wishing they were there even though things have changed between you two. Listening to this album, I found myself feeling as though she wrote the album about my personal feelings. Espeically on, "Wish You Were Here" and "Darlin'". I found myself in tears more than once listening to this album. The emotions that were poured into this album are very real, and everyone feels it sometimes.
Avril even says so herself in, "Everybody Hurts". You can tell she was trying to tell herself, and everyone else that its ok to feel your emotions. You're not the only one who's felt that way before, and because of their you're not alone. "Everybody hurts some days. Its ok to be afraid."
Of course, the
album isn't all damper, a few tracks on the album are really just about cutting
loose and having fun. "What The Hell", the first hit single on the ablum, shows
this very well. "Smile", also shows that you can be happy for what you had, even
if you're not happy that its gone.
This is, hands down, Avril's best album. Quite possibly the best album of 2011,
even. I for one, can not wait to hear what Avril will bring us in the future.
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