Avril Lav­i­gne: Good­bye Lul­laby

Townsville Bulletin - - Savvy - – KAREN TYE

It’s been five years since the last Avril Lav­i­gne record, mainly due to pushed-back re­lease dates as there was much de­lib­er­a­tion that went into cre­at­ing her fourth al­bum. It seems Lav­i­gne hoped to recre­ate the chart suc­cess of Girl­friend and the boost it pro­vided for record sales of 2007’ s The Best Damn Thing with ra­dio-friendly first sin­gle What the Hell, which has bratty lyrics on top of an overly boppy melody. How­ever, the song packs less punch than its pre­de­ces­sor and lulls lis­ten­ers in to a false sense of se­cu­rity that the rest of the al­bum will be in the same vein. Which it isn’t, of course. The al­bum is far from disas­ter, yet also miles from mem­o­rable.

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