Goodbye Lullaby

~ Release group by Avril Lavigne

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Goodbye Lullaby CD 15 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) SICP-2823 4547366056211
Goodbye Lullaby (Shokai Gentei‐ban) CD + DVD-Video 19 + 7 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) SICP-2821, SICP-2822 4547366056228
Goodbye Lullaby CD 19 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle)
Goodbye Lullaby CD 14 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) 88697848482 886978484826
Goodbye Lullaby CD 14 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) 88697558702 886975587025
Goodbye Lullaby CD 14 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) 88697-55870-2 886975587025
Goodbye Lullaby CD 18 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) 886978605528
Goodbye Lullaby Digital Media 19 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle)
Goodbye Lullaby CD + DVD-Video 18 + 7 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) 88697801972 886978019721
Goodbye Lullaby (special edition) CD 21 Epic SICP-3360, SICP-3361 4547366062700
Goodbye Lullaby CD 14 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle), Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified) 88697558702 886975587025
Goodbye Lullaby (Paper case with slider) CD 14 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) 88697848492 886978484925
Goodbye Lullaby (Special Edition) 2×Digital Media 21 + 11 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) [none]
Goodbye Lullaby CD 15 SICP-5209 4547366283884

Relationships

artist & repertoire support: Jeff Aldrich
Avril Lavigne
associated singles/EPs: Smile
What the Hell
Wish You Were Here
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/333338 [info]
Wikidata: Q206334 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Goodbye Lullaby [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/8h3q [info]
http://www.culturebully.com/avril-lavigne-goodbye-lullaby-album-review [info]
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/thesound/a307552/avril-lavigne-goodbye-lullaby.html [info]
http://www.popmatters.com/review/138231-avril-lavigne-goodbye-lullaby/ [info]

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From tomboy to rebel to self-proclaimed motherf***ing princess, it's perhaps unsurprising that album number four from Canada's kid sister Avril Lavigne sees her endeavour for maturity. In Goodbye Lullaby, however, she's overshot the runway just a tad.

Where third album The Best Damn Thing was a retrograde, even contradictory move - albeit with victorious results - the candyfloss-rock lead single What the Hell would suggest Goodbye Lullaby directly snatches the baton. Not so.

Aside from perhaps the spiky, unstable Smile, which shoehorns in more needless swear words than a week's worth of late-night Hollyoaks, the rest of Goodbye Lullaby takes a more self-effacing, earnest approach. It's all break-up lyrics and acoustic guitars and mid-tempo musings, whilst occasionally playing up to the lullaby aspect of the title, sprinkling the whole affair with ethereal twinkles and cutesy similes.

Her well-documented divorce from Sum 41's Deryck Whibley (incidentally, a key collaborator here) may play some part in such a development; or perhaps the sizeable dose of maturity is merely a bounce-back from the infantile inclinations of The Best Damn Thing. Either way, the theme, although well-defined, is executed with a disquieting flimsiness.

For such a laid-bare, personal album, very little of Goodbye Lullaby feels particularly authentic - plainly, there's zero grit. Considering the natural, gut-wrenching candour conveyed by Lavigne in I'm With You (at the age of 17, no less), it's disappointing stuff.

There are a few examples where Lavigne actually manages to communicate some real sentiment: Wish You Were Here is an unassuming strum-along, while the weighty licks and honest simplicity of Not Enough paints a picture of both its narrative and the capabilities of Lavigne as an artist.

But for the most part, the generic gushings about having you standing by my side or just wanting you to know or hearing you say goodbye could be lifted from a hundred thousand love songs by a hundred thousand singers. 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.