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My Happy Ending Single, Maxi, Import

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A couple of live accoustic tracks from Avril Lavigne Aug. 31 2004
By Lawrance Bernabo - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The CD single performs a different function that the 45's of our youth, which makes a big assumption that Avril Lavigne's fans are old enough to remember when 45's were still made (they should: the mass production of 45's ended circa 1990, but they are still made in limited quantities for jukebox operators who have not upgraded to newer CD jukeboxes). In the old days the purpose of the single was to give you a taste of what could be found on an album and you could have the hottest single without having to pay for the entire album. But from time to time you could find some songs on the "B" side that you were not going to find on an album, such as the Beatle's "You Know My Name, Look Up My Number" and Fleetwood Mac's "Silver Springs." That is why the chief attraction on the "My Happy Ending" CD-Single from Avril Lavigne is not the title song, but the two live acoustic versions of that song and "Take Me Away," along with the previously unreleased "Take It."

With her sophomore album, "Under My Skin," Lavigne (who may well be the second most hated artist on Amazon after Charlotte Church), heads off in a more mature and arguably better direction. After her singles "Complicated" and "Sk8er Boi" both went top 10 I had Lavigne pegged as another female teenager singer-songwriter with pop sensibilities and shallow lyrics. But for "Under My Skin" there are two key changes. The producer is now Don Gilmore (engineer on Pearl Jam's "Ten" and producer of several Linkin Park albums) and fellow Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk (who I recognize from "Time" on the "Uptown Girl" soundtrack) has a hand in writing half of the dozen tracks and does piano, keyboards, and string arrangements as well. Do Gilmore and Kreviazuk get the credit for making "Under My Skin" a better album or does Lavigne actually get most of the credit? Damned if I call tell, but somebody did some serious upgrading of the lyrics.

Lavigne is writing songs about the down side of teenage boys, which is an expansive subject matter to contemplate. After all, teenage boys are the modern equivalent of the giant dinosaurs of the past that needed a second brain at the other end to help them along. When dealing with them the fundamental rule is to remember that whenever the other brain is engaged, do not believe anything that is being said. The consistent perspective in these songs is rather retrospective, as the charm and illusions on the teenage infatuation that passes for love is dispelled by the harsh realities of being a teenage girl. It is not surprising then that "My Happy Ending" is about anything but:

You were everything, everything that I wanted
We were meant to be, supposed to be, but we lost it
And all the memories, so close to me, just fade away
All this time you were pretending
So much for my happy ending

The theme is rather pessimistic from the start as we see in first track, "Take Me Away," which establishes the idea that teenage love is pretty confusing:

All the pain I thought I knew
All the thoughts lead back to you
Back to what was never said
Back and forth inside my head
I can't handle this confusion
I'm unable; come and take me away

But since I keep thinking that this perspective smacks more of realism than pessimism, it seems to me that in the final analysis Lavigne is not only comforting young women but giving their male counterparts broad hints on what they are doing wrong. If there is anything to be pessimistic about it is that teenage boys will get the point, no matter how sharply it is made or how nice the vocal harmonies. Too bad, because the teenage girls that know these lyrics by heart are going to give them some rude awakenings (see: "Don't Tell Me").

Anyhow, after watching the DVD of Lavigne in concert, where she looks totally bored while singing her songs, these acoustic versions stand out because there actually seems to be some passion and purpose to her singing. There are at least four most live acoustic tracks by Lavigne out there, especially if you happen to frequent a certain "French" department store, but with "My Happy Ending" and "Take Me Away" you would already have the best pair of the bunch, plus the unreleased "Take It." With only one actual track from "Under My Skin" this is a pretty good CD-Single for Lavigne's fans to pick up.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Really good... Nov. 24 2004
By lindsirae - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I really like "My Happy Ending." The only problem is that I've heard it so many times online or on the radio, it's almost not worth it. However, the song is really good. Avril's new album is definitely more for older kids, around my age. My Happy Ending is much more mature than songs like Sk8er Boi and Complicated. Here are the lyrics for the first verse and the chours:

Let's talk this over

It's not like we're dead

Was it something I did

Was it something you said

Don't leave me hanging

In a city so dead

Held up so high

On a breakable thread

You were all the things I thought I knew

And I thought we could be

You were everything, everything I wanted

We were meant to be, supposed to be but we lost it

All the memories so close to me just fade away

All this time you were pretending

So much for my happy ending

As you can see, it is quite a bit more realistic. It proves one important point: perfect love stories aren't real. People don't meet and it's all like love at first sight and everything and blah blah blah. They seem good for a while, but then, of course, they all turn bad eventually. The song is really good, with a good melody, though, like I said, for older listeners. There is some stuff younger children wouldn't really get. I like Avril because her music is all about the negative side of teenage boys, while most songs are all about how the person's boyfriendis so perfect, always there for them, blah blah blah. I definitely recommend this album if you are a fan of Avril, or like the style of punk/rock she uses. Four stars for a great album.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good Single! July 27 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The second single off the ever popular, Under My Skin. Avril shows over her vocal range in "My Happy Ending". The song is quickly climbing up charts giving "Don't Tell Me" a run for its money! Avril cleverly combines the beats of rock/pop and punk to fit like a glove in this wonderful written song with a good message. I can't wait for her next single, "Take Me Away" to drop!
Great!! Oct. 17 2007
By Matt W - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great song, but cd was not exact as described on amazon. It only had one extra song. Still love it though!!
1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Pretty Good Oct. 16 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Okay I admit I don't have the CD. But I have listened to all the songs a million times on the internet and at my friends house. Anyway this CD is pretty good.

But a little grown up for some younger adiences. So I would recommened it for 14 and up. The best song on this CD is My happy ending.

I think her first CD was better and more appropiate for younger adiences. But if you want to buy it. Buy this CD!