I listened to Avril Lavigne’s Goodbye Lullaby again this week, and although it’s not the first go-to Avril Lavigne album I’d choose, I realized, as I was listening to it, that it was the most even album she had ever made (this was her fourth studio album). With even, I mean, even though the songs in it did not become big #1 songs, they were pretty likeable, and these are songs I can sing along to when I’m driving or just joyriding. No wonder, I have great memories of her Black Star Tour show here in Manila, because most of the songs she sang there, came from this album! When I was listening to this album, I had faint recollections of singing along with them – and since the song “Black Star” was here – I realized that this was the album that had those songs! Chart-wise, this album only had one US top 20 hit for Avril, in “What The Hell”, which peaked at #11 – a far cry from her other albums which produced either a #1 song, or multiple top 10 songs. Nevertheless, personally, I love this album more than her other releases because I think at this stage in her career, Avril was able to get it together – to put all her best ideas from her past albums and re-apply it here with more confidence and maturity. The first five songs are great, beginning with “Black Star” through “What The Hell” and “Smile”. But the fun doesn’t end there, as Avril continues to make good music from the sixth song to the last song in the album – the song she gave to the Alice in Wonderland movie soundtrack (aptly entitled “Alice”).