Avril Lavigne, 'Goodbye Lullaby' (RCA)

Goodbye Lullaby
Critical Mass
Release Date: March 8, 2011
Label: RCA

by Mikael Wood

You know you're in trouble when Avril Lavigne starts sharing song titles with R.E.M. and Pink Floyd. Yet if "Everybody Hurts" and "Wish You Were Here" find the former brat-punk princess in dreary woe-is-me mode (inspired, one presumes, by her recent divorce from Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley), Goodbye Lullaby isn't entirely free of the singer's shallow-end sass: On the Max Martin-produced "What the Hell," she tries to shake the breakup blues over an organ-driven robo-garage groove. "I'd rather rage than sit around and wait all day," Lavigne proclaims, and she's not the only one.

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