So I watched Wish You Were Here on YouTube today (can't stop watching it!) and then I watched When You're Gone for a little bit of a comparison.
Anyway, it got me to thinking...WYG reached #3 in the UK. I'm With You reached #4 in America and #7 in the UK. Keep Holding On reached the top 20 in both Canada and America. Even I Will Be is a popular B-side.
So why doesn't Goodbye Lullaby have any songs like these? Avril always said she didn't want massive production but since she was forced to have Max Martin material (who actually co-wrote I Will Be), why not go for some bigger, bolder ballads instead of WTH and Smile? Surely RCA would be happy for these since they still do pretty well in the charts?
WYWH and I Love You are certainly nice, sweet songs but they don't have that sweeping, emotional, sensitive feel to them. I love them both, but compare them to When You're Gone and you'll see what I mean.
I suppose RCA really wanted some more Girlfriend material? They really don't have any guts at all do they ):