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I absolutley love Lily Allen for her catchy pop songs, witty and tell all lyrics. But is that only a one or two song thing on her debut offering 'Alright, Still' - I can reveal it doesnt stop there! All of her songs on this 11 track album all have their own story behind them too which I love!
The opening track 'Smile' is an hilarious pop song detailing an ex-boyfriend of hers "f*****g that girl next door" and how he wants her back but shes just set on revenge. The beat is fantastic and I absolutley love the lyrics.
The second track 'Knock Em Out' is one of my favourites off the album, lyrically its about guys trying to pull her from a club and she keeps rejecting him. This is a song everyone can relate to whether your a boy or a girl. Vocals are brilliant too!
The third track 'LDN' (short for London, in case you're wondering) is another fantastic track off the album, another song with amazing lyrics and a good pop song!
The fourth track 'Everythings Just Wonderful' is another of my favourites from the album. Its a song about not being able to afford a house, and about weight issues. The beat is brilliant and so are the lyrics.
Fifth track 'Not Big' is a song about Lily's sex life, saying her partner didnt satisfy her sexual needs, and that he was generally just "not big". She sings this song like she is directly speaking to whom ever she wrote it about. A tongue in cheek, ballsy song young people in particular will love.
Sixth track 'Friday Night' is a song about going out to a club and women trying to intimidate her, she sure fires back in this song, the beats are mesmorising and she sings this in such a slow tempo way. It's a brilliant song.
Seventh track 'Shame For You' is, I assume about a scrounging ex partner who "wastes my time and wastes my money", its another ballsy song by Lily. Its quite a slow song and is probably the weakest song on the album, however, it is still brilliant!
Eighth track 'Littlest Things' is a slow pop/ballad song, and she sings that she loves the littlest things in life when she is in a relationship. Its another one of my favourites.
Ninth track 'Take What You Take' is a song encouraging people to forget everything and just do what you want do do as long as its real and who you are. Okay, its no Christina Aguilera's 'Beautiful' but its a softer song encouraging the same thing. Her voice is pretty good in this too!
Tenth track 'Friend of Mine' has a reggae feel to it as she sings "you're no friend of mine, and I've known it for a while". It leaves the idea of a friend changing into someone else because of drugs. Another fantastic song.
The eleventh track 'Alfie' is just the icing on the cake to this not enough songs album, its about her trying to convince her little brother into doing something good with his life and to stop lazying around. Unusual beats in a good way and her voice is very well suited to this kind of music. Love it!
The great thing about this album is that it's impossible to get bored of it. It's one of those albums that you can play over and over and never tire of, the songs simply are that catchy. The album is a pop album with a touch of RnB and Ska. The pop songs are songs like "Smile", which was Lily's debut single. An example of Ska would be "LDN", which is a tribute to the great place that is London, where Lily grew up. An example of RnB would be "Knock 'em Out", which took a while to grow on me but it's still a great tune. The other songs on the album follow the same route. There's a mixture of uptempo songs and upbeat songs. I like this in an album. Variety is good!
The album has a good beat to it and the eleven songs flow well. The album is mostly about relationships and fights with other girls, which I thought was pretty funny. Lily certainly doesn't hold back and that's another great thing about this album. It is very honest and frank. Some people may be offended by this but it does have "Parental Advisory" stuck onto the front of it. If you are easily offended don't buy this album. Simple!
The album was released back in 2006 but it's summery sound and fresh beats still make it sound fresh, funky and up-to-date. It's almost impossible not to play this album in the summer. It reminds me of summer holidays and discos in the sun. It has a real summery vibe to it that makes you feel happy. It certainly cheers me up anyway and Lily's lyrics will turn your frown around, guaranteed.
A great pop album from Lily.
Alright, Still by Lily Allen
Lily Allen is an English pop singer who started to make a name for herself in the singing industry in 2006 with her number one hit song "Smile" which is in this album. Alright, Still was Lily Allen's first album, it took a while to take off starting off on social internet sites such as myspace. However soon her album became increasingly popular and has sold 2.6 million copies worldwide.
I do like Lily Allen but I do think she is a pop singer who appeals to girls. Her songs are very catchy and are easy to listen to and sing along to. Her songs have a variety of themes, from boys to fights she covers a variety of normal problems that girls go through but almost makes them comical through her songs.
(If you do not wish to read about each track individually please skip to the next subheading titled Themes)
Not only is this the first track in the album but also this is the track that was released first and soon become number one in the UK. It was in the charts for many weeks and was very popular when it was released back in 2006. I did get a little annoyed with the song when it as overplayed on the radios but once they stopped playing it so much I reverted back to liking it again. The song is about splitting up with her boyfriend. The backing is simple but effective whilst the lyrics are catchy and in my opinion are a bit of fun. I choose these lyrics to be my favourite:
I couldn't stop laughing
Nah I just couldn't help myself
See you messed up my mental health
I was quite unwell
I would rate this song 9/10.
Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WxDrVUrSvI
Knock 'Em Out
This is a bit of a fun song and Lily Allen doesn't really sing it but rather speaks it. The backing track is a basic drum beat which the same piano tune playing with it. This song is about one of those dilemmas girls face. It's about a guy who wants her but she clearly doesn't want anything to do with him. The whole song is about making excuses so that he will leave her alone. The lyrics and whole feeling of the song is a bit of a laugh and a little bit of fun. The following lyrics are great because I'm sure every girl has been in that situation!
And no you can't have my number,
Because I lost my phone
I would rate this song 8/10.
Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEkglpOTVCw
This song, LDN (short for London) is about a bicycle ride through London and the sort of sites that can be seen in the city. She describes scenes set in London but then explains each one may have a darker side to what is actually being seen, thus not everything is what it seems. This gives the song a sense of seriousness but the tune in the background is light and cheery. The lyrics are catchy but I feel as though they have a deep meaning to them showing how we subconsciously choose to ignore what really is going on, whether Lily Allen meant for this is debateable. I like the opening lyrics to this song:
Riding through the city on my bike all day
Coz the filth took away my license
I give this song 9/10 for it's catchy tune but meaningful lyrics.
Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmYT79tPvLg&feature=related
Everything's Just Wonderful
This song is about how everything is not wonderful. It's about a variety of problems including money but Lily Allen sings that it's just the way life goes. The backing tune is lively but steady. The lyrics itself are quite repetitive and catchy. The following lyrics are my favourite as I think it's a good reflection of teenage girls these days:
I want to be able to get spaghetti bolognaise
And not feel bad about it for days and days and days
In the magazines they talk about weight loss
If buy those jeans I can look like Kate Moss
I give this song 8.5/10.
Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPmH1fzZ-zk
This song is all about boys. Basically her boyfriend has split up with her and this song is telling him all about how bad the relationship was how she is going to tell everyone about him. I think this song is actually showing how she is trying to get her own back on him for splitting up with her. The accompanying music is simple but effective and ensures Lily Allen's voice isn't clouded. The lyrics are quite good but rather crude in places. The lyrics needed to be taken with a bit of a sense of humour otherwise they sound very harsh! I like the following lines:
In the year and a half that we spent together,
Yeah, I never really had much fun.
I think this song is just a bit of fun so I would rate it 8.5/10.
Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zarl1kTCjco
This song is all about going out, drinking and what goes on when young girls have a little bit too much to drink. This includes fighting, trying to get boys and insulting other people. The backing music is constant and simple. The lyrics are a bit of fun in my opinion, I don't think the issues covered are meant in too much seriousness. I think it is just meant to represent a night out for a girl who has perhaps had a little bit too much to drink. I think the lyrics are quite funny rather than serious to be honest, I think the best lines that sum up this song are
Don't try and test me because you'll get a reaction
Another drink and I'm ready for action
I like this song, I think it's all of a bit of a laugh to be honest! So I would rate it 9/10.
Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0K5KjxVhEc
Shame For You
Another song about boys...This is about a boy who wants her but he's not up to her standards mainly because he sleeps around. She the goes on to explain if he keeps harassing her about continuing with the relationship then she will have to take further action. This song is quite slow compared to the others and a bit more laid back. The backing beat is much slower but like the others is simple and repetitive. The lyrics are also quite repetitive, but they are quite good. Shame there aren't more really. My favourite two lines are:
You'll be crying like a baby
A sea of tears they'll call the navy in.
This song is slightly different to the others in terms of the pace but the themes are quite similar throughout the album as you may have guessed! I don't think this song stands out either way, good or bad but I must admit I quite enjoy listening to it. I would give it 8/10.
Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrhjhAhw_bk
This song (surprisingly) is about a happy relationship, well it was until it ended. For once Lily Allen seems to regret that it ahs ended and wants to go back to the way it was. I think this song is a nice change to all the insulting songs we've had before! This is another slow song but it has a sad tune with it. The sad tune goes ironically with the happy memories making you feel somewhat slightly sorry for her for once.
I'd tell you sad stories about my childhood
I don't why I trusted you but I knew that I could
I think this song is quite cute, I would rate it 8/10.
Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Czm4qGZmC2Y
Take What You Take
This is my least played track from the album. This song isn't really about anything just a little bit of advice and insulting, I don't feel as though it really has a theme. It could be directed at someone in particular but I just felt as it was a track she had just randomly produced. I feel as although the backing is plain and the lyrics are as well. With the other tracks the lyrics were good which meant a plain backing was complementary. However I didn't really think these lyrics were interesting. After listening very carefully I decided my favourite lines were the opening ones.
A picture paints a thousand words,
As one door closes, another door opens,
And two wrongs don't make a right
This is definitely my least favourite track, however it's not terrible. It's listenable but I felt compared to the rest of the album it was a let down. 4/10.
Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRdUDdkZW-w
Friend Of Mine
This track, as you can probably guess about "friends" who turn out not be so friendly after all. The lyrics are quite catchy although they are fairly repetitive. The backing is simple, a steady drum base allows her voice to stand out and doesn't cloud the song. My favourite lines from this song were from the chorus,
Tell me what do you expect?
Have you got no self respect?
I enjoy listening to this song, not my favourite but it's quite good. It's not a track that can be listened to very often due to the lyrics being quite repetitive. I would give this track 6/10.
Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NROBm0FPxiE
This song is about her 'younger brother Alfie' who is growing up to be a slob. This song basically describes how he is taking drugs, unemployed and lies around all day. In my opinion the whole song is light-hearted and funny. It combines all the complaints the older generation seem to have about youths these days and puts them all on this kid Alfie. The whole song is fun and makes me laugh but my favourite lines are,
My little brother's in his bedroom smoking weed
I tell him he should get up because it's nearly half past three,
He can't be bothered because he's high on THC.
I like this track, although it may be unsuitable for younger audiences and others may frown about how readily she uses such issues in a song, I personally think it's not meant in all seriousness. I would give this track 9/10.
Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRX57zprNdw
As you've probably gathered from the individual tracks, there are many themes covered in Lily Allen's album. These include violence, drinking, sexual references and swearing. Although I don't think any of her songs are particularly explicit, they may not be suitable for younger audiences and I would recommend parents perhaps taking a listen to the album to decide whether they think their child should listen to it. Personally I think this album is suitable for children over the age of twelve. I would definitely say this album is more suited to girls rather than boys, in fact I haven't met a lad who readily admits they listen to Lily Allen.
I think this album is quite impressive from Lily Allen. Each individual song has something to offer, my only criticism would be some of the tracks are fairly similar and after a while may start to sounds too similar for my liking. But if you listen carefully each track does cover a slightly different theme. In this one album she has managed to cover some serious issues but more frequently has turned serious issues into laughable material which I think is great. This album was released back in 2006 and so is rather old now, however this means it is cheap to buy and can be found on amazon for as little as £3.98, a bargain if you consider how many good tracks there are on this album. So overall definitely recommended, especially to young teenage girls.
Thank you for reading.
When I first heard of the singer Lily Allen back in summer 2006, I thought she looked like a right chav with a gold jewellery, prom dress and trainers - I even thought she looked like an idiot walking out the house like that. But, now I feel bad of judging her, and learn my lesson that you should never judge people until you get to know them. I now think she's awesome as a singer and person. But when I heard her song 'smile' I thought 'This is a good song who sings it?' later I heard another track of hers 'LDN' and found out it was the same woman who sang smile. I love her songs on this album, I even have them all on my ipod so I can take this album any where I go on a bus, train or car journey, even for a bike or run run the block!
The tracks include:
3. Knock 'em out
4. every thing's just wonderful
5. Not big
6. Friday night
7. shame for you
8. Littlest things
9. Take what you take
10. Friend of mine
My favorite tracks are smile, LDN. Littles things, take what you take, knock 'em out and Alfie (cause of the music video as well as song!)
This album was number two in the UK Charts in 2006. The release date of the album was 17th July 2006.
It sold 2.6 million copies worldwide and won best album at the 50th Grammy awards! Well done Lily! A brilliant kick start to her career!
Even though your younger kids may like Lily Allen or heard of her, but some of the songs on her album are unsuitable for young children as it contains strong language and the videos for the songs contain adult themes.
I really like this album, i've listened to it so much that I even know the words to all of her songs as they are really catchy! So this is a huge must buy as this is Lily Allen's first album and she's done well and she was only twenty one when the album was released! Keep up the work Lily - can't wait to hear more of your future songs!
Why do you buy albums? Is it to 1) appreciate fine music? Or 2) is it to cement your place with what's 'in' at the moment, so that you can kick it with those funky ass kids in hoodies you get hanging around the sidewalk outside SPAR? If your answer is 1) well done, I like you. If your answer is 2) then shame on you, buy this album and go kick it.
That's quite a strong opening statement and I have to ask myself are things really that black and white with Lily Allen? Well, the answer is both yes and no. For on this debut album there are indeed songs derived from chart bothering rubbish, yet if you stick with it you will find that there are more good songs than there are bad ones.
Lead single Smile is easily the best the song on the album. It's exactly what hit singles should be like; the music is full of life, the tempo is bouncy and Allen's voice sounds great! However, I find it less than surprising to find it as the first track on the album. How many modern musicians place a concentration of great songs at the start of an LP and then forget about the rest of the album? While it is true that the first side of this album is indeed the stronger one, I am pleased to report that good songs can be found on both sides.
I have no shame in admitting that Knock 'em Out is funny. It's very reminiscent of The Streets, what with the efforts circling around a spoken story rather than singing. The dancing piano keys are also a nice touch which adds an air of playfulness to the track! LDN is a re-run of Smile, which manages to hold onto everything that made the latter a great single.
Everything's Just Wonderful isn't half bad either. The keyboards are great and the handclaps substituting drums are really well implemented. In addition to this the lyrics are witty and reflective which all contributes to it being one of the greatest songs on the LP.
Littlest Things is one of my favourite tracks; it's all rather delightful actually. The backing is almost a reimagining of a classic film noir soundtrack while Lily's sorrowful vocal delivery strikes quite a chord with me.
Now for the songs that either infuriate me or do very little to warrant a recommendation. I make no hesitation in making Not Big the first offender up against the wall. It's just not funny and what's even worse is that it thinks that it's hilarious! It tries to maintain a dark edge while being just about bouncy enough to keep the listener interested. To be honest Lily, I couldn't care less if you're a vindictive b*tch and your ex boyfriend has a small member!
Shame for You I'm pretty undecided on, with this kind of muddy squelching bass becoming the very backbone of the song. The lyrics are well below par and are cringe worthy to be quite frank, although Lily's background "uh, uh, uh" is inserted well as a link between the verses.
The closing song Alfie almost persuades me to use the CD as a tea coaster. If I hadn't paid £5 for it I might have considered it to become more than just a restless thought. I just hate her vocals and again, what are these lyrics? All of the singles are fantastic with the exception of Alfie.
As for what is left a lot of it is middle of the road and fairly inoffensive, Lily Allen mostly going down the path of spiteful wit. I look at it this way though; I have conversations this funny with my friends, and further more I don't have to download them for 79p from ITunes.
As a final comment, I really think that you will appreciate this more if you are female. Most of the songs centre around either getting your own back on the man that's wronged you, going out clubbing, regretting a relationship, or... No, that's it.
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Lily Allen as most of you will know is an English singer-songwriter from London. She is famed for her laid back attitude, strong opinions, tongue-in-cheek lyrics and of course, that wonderful cockney accent! The 23 year old has been in and out of the spotlight since 2005 with her eclectic collection of ska/pop/electro/ (the list could go on!). Music and performing have been a huge part of her life since a very young age, she was discovered (apparently) when a teacher over heard her singing and recognized the potential. The media seem to love Lily, she's in and out of the tabloids a lot, not always for good things but either way people still love to know what's going on in her world! Love her or hate her you've got to admit the girl has got guts and a lot of talent. So far she has recorded and released two studio albums:
Alright, Still.... (2006)
It's Not Me, It's You (2009)
2. Knock 'Em Out
4. Everything's Just Wonderful
5. Not Big
6. Friday Night
7. Shame For You
8. Littlest Things
9. Take What You Take
10. Friend Of Mine
One of the two tracks that gained Lily Allen huge fame, this track was brilliant the first 50 times I heard it but to be honest I'm not loving it anymore and I'm sure Lily must get bored of singing it now! It starts off with a reggae/ska beat with a nice background, it will definitely have you tapping your feet. Then comes the soft almost shy vocals of the verse before the chorus kicks in and Lily really shines. It's a great summer track but not one that I can listen to more than once in a day! 8/10.
2. Knock 'Em Out
This song shows another side to Lily's talent, it starts off with a fast solo on the keyboard then a beat that almost sounds like the start of a drum and bass track. This is something that I really wouldn't expect to work together but Lily pulls it off and it actually sounds really good. The only part of the song that I would complain about is the intro where Lily is talking, I just don't think the track needs it because it would be fine without it. 7/10.
This song, like 'Smile' has been played and performed too much now. Don't get me wrong, it's a brilliantly written track and the vocals are great but I think everyone has heard it a few too many times now! It's still a winner at festivals and a great summer song but don't listen too much because it would be a shame to end up not liking it! 6/10.
4. Everything's Just Wonderful
This song is brilliant, one of my favourites from the whole album. I like it because the lyrics are so real. They aren't about silly things but things that normal (meaning not famous) people would experience. I also love the sarcasm in the chorus "oh yes I'm fine, everything's just wonderful, I'm having the time of my life". 10/10.
5. Not Big
This track just screams revenge. I think it's about an ex boyfriend, one of those tongue in cheek tracks that is just getting back at someone. I think it's good, not great, but something that everyone can listen to. Maybe not younger children though because of some of the language used. Apart from that, it's a good song. 7/10.
6. Friday Night
I can't stand this track!!! I think that it'll probably be one that Lily Allen will look back and cringe! The lyrics and content just seem so immature. To be fair, she was young when it was written (20 I think), but it just sounds like nonsense to me! Lots of lyrics about fighting in clubs and such like, doesn't make a good song in my opinion. 2/10.
7. Shame For You
This track, like a few others, has a cool ska/reggae feel to it. You have to listen to it a few times to get a feel for the song so don't write it off immediately! I love Lily's vocals on this track because they go brilliantly with the backing music and her accent sounds great with it too! 10/10.
8. Littlest Thing
I think that this song shows a slightly more vulnerable side to Lily. The lyrics are quite solemn and the music is slow and not very up lifting. This is a great track if you like that sort of thing but I prefer the sarcastic, up beat songs that are on this album. Again, her accent sounds great! 7/10.
9. Take What You Take
I'm still undecided about this track. I really like the verses but I can't stand the chorus because it sounds almost like school girl pop, it doesn't suit Lily at all I don't think. This song would probably be a good one for younger teenagers but it doesn't appeal to me I'm afraid! I know that quite a lot of people do like it though so it just depends on your taste really. There is some bad language too so maybe not ideal for very young teens. 7/10.
10. Friend Of Mine
Another favourite of mine! When I first heard it, it reminded me so much of an ex-friend of mine, I think that's why I love it so much. It's a great track with brilliantly written lyrics. To me it's one of the best on the album so I'd definitely give it a try. 8/10.
I like the chorus but can't stand the verses. It's not the lyrics that I don't like but rather the backing music, I just don't think that it goes that well with the rest of the album. If you like Lily Allen then you will have heard this track so you can decide for yourself! 5/10.
My Overall Opinion
This album is good but I definitely prefer the new album. You can see the difference between the two and how Lily has matured in song writing and performing and how she has progressed musically. I would recommend buying this album but I would also recommend buying the latest to see the difference between the two. Overall I would rate this album 7/10.
Thanks For Reading!
Everybody and her sister has heard of Lily Allen; you would have to have been living in a coma for the past few years to avoid her. The daughter of comic actor Keith Allen (himself responsible for the single "Vindaloo"), she has managed to carve herself a very respectable career as a music artist, had a less-than-successful chat show on BBC3 and established for herslf a bit of a notoriety for slagging off her fellow celebs. There are a million and one reasons why I probably shouldn't like this album but, I am afraid to say, it has fast become one of my favourites after hearing it for the first time late last year.
The album begins with Smile; released as a single to much sucess, the song is a chirpy little number with a catchy chorus and lyrics that are oh-so-easy to the ear. This is one of my favourite tracks despite it's heavy commercialism and is a great choice to open with. It shows the versatility of Lilly's vocals and is a great showcase for what is to follow....
Which is Knock 'Em Out; a track that would not be out of place situated on a Streets album. It is very similar to the sort of material that Mike Skinner himself writes and has lead to Allen being labelled a female version of the urban poet, who became famous for writing lyrics about his everyday life. Again the song is extremely catching and injects a welcome portion of humour into the proceedings.
Track three is LDN- all about a walk on the wild side of London. Lily describes what she sees in her head as she walks through the streets on a bright, sunny day and compares it to the gritty reality that lies all around her. So far, Allen has established a precedent for cool, addictive melodies and this is no different. During the summer that this was released, it was available to hear all over the place and there were very few people who didn't find themself either humming the tune or not having the words on their lips. This is one of the strongest tracks on the album and again one of my favourites!
Everything Is Wonderful comprises track 4 and carries on with the familiar trend so far set. This track is a tad twee for my own personal taste but I absolutely love the line, "Oh Jesus Christ Almighty, Do I feel alright...no, not likely..." The wording of the lyrics are very apt in these times of recession and the credit crunch, making this song ever more topical.
The rest of the album continues in a similar vein; each successive track improving on the last with their funny witticisms and looks at an everyday life through the eyes of Lily Allen, Queen of the Chav Chic. Alfie, the closing track, was another hit single for Allen and discusses her stormy relationship with her brother with whom she shares sibling rivalry. Again, this is a great example of what the whole album is about: not taking things too seriously and poking a bit of fun at the things we normally take for granted. The whole album has a real feel-good factor and leaves the listener on a real positive note! There are plenty of opputunities to sing along either in the car or in the showrr and if, after a few listens, you are not singing the words almost without realising you are doing it then I will eat my hat.
Lilly Allen has just released her first single from her new album and, from first impressions, this promises to be every bit as good as this impressive debut. Whether the proof of the pudding is really in the eating remains to be seen but "Alright Now" continues to be one of my favourites in my collection.
Lily's second album has just been released, so I thought a reflective look back at her first offering was in order. The album contains some pop gems and a few tracks with attitude and swagger.
Who is she:
Bigmouthed daughter of comedian Keith Allen and sister of actor Alfie.
On this album:
The number one hit 'Smile' arrived from nowhere and notched up so much airplay it surged to number one effortlessly. Lily's vocals are playful and despite the lovely melody, the lyrics have a lot more bite than you might expect. If you listen carefully, it is rather evil little pop song and so much the better for it.
'LDN' was the followup, with a rich meldoy which intrigues, while Lily pays homage to her hometown.
I loved 'Littlest Things' which curiously samples music from the erotic films 'Emmanuelle'. It is an odd choice yet it works really well giving the track a haunting and unhinged feel, yet in the same breath it works with an understated magic. Lily's vocals are delicate here and have a sense of fragility about them. I rather liked 'Alfie' which pays tribute to her brother with some amusing lyrics and a nursery rhyme sort of tune.
Lily has her own style, she seems to drift in and out of genres and can't be pinned down. Yet the tracks are stylish and smart and sound very now.
Today i found myself for some reason re-listening to this that i heard a long time ago and i thought it deserved some praise! so hear it goes..
First of all i would like to say my original and initial opinion of Lilly Allen was quite negative - words i think i would have used to describe her would be slob, spoilt, rich, KeithAllen, chav i could go on....
Although...My opinion has changed i would now describe her as one of the most original young female solo artists in the UK right now. I was insanely hating Lilly especially when she was slating Girls Aloud in the press every day, and being a Girls Aloud addict i only listened to her song to check out the song ''Cheryl Tweedy'' and it was catchy, upbeat and stuck in my head until i found it wasn't meant in a positive way rather ironic instead!
I would say this is in my top couple of albums from last year, it's fun, original, it's not really singing but more talk-singing if you know what i mean but the songs are so brillant and i think so many teenagers would relate to feeling like this and relate to these situtations
whilst hundreds of rap artists like 50 Cent and Eminem continue to de-moralize society today using swearing and offensive and adult language!
Although Lilly sets a positive opinion to me, i think if Lilly was in my class it would be one of those over confident chavvy kid's i would hate although...Lily is quite inspiring, known as one of the finds from the internet i think the real reason she gets noticed is because she is Keith Allen's daughter.
The one thing i will say is that the choose the right 4 songs to release, basically they picked the 4 best songs and didnt release the average ones because this album does have some average songs. Smile is a brillant track did really well and its catchy but not one of my faves. My fave track on the whole album is Littlest Things i think it's fun, vibrant and i think it's mature and meaningful and i like that video alot. LDN is just quite simply summery fun and thats why it's so amazing. I think Shame For You is another stand out but does remind meof Will Young's Aint Such A Bad Place to Be abit but it is good. I thought Knock Em Out was a little weak.Everything's Just Wonderful is catchy and 4 minutes of pure bliss. Not Big i thought wasnt the best song and i wasn't that impressed with Friday Night.Take What You Take i thought made us see the bad side of Lilly so not a good thing. Friend Of Mine is really nice, and Alfie! what can i say that song is class and that video is funny (watch it on Youtube!)
This isn't a singers album and anyone buying it shouldn't expect it to be. It's fun and i love all the trendy artwork and i like the album name ALRIGHT, STILL so many people at college always say that! - The standouts are the singles, there are some other brill songs and some other average songs. No song here is bad all the songs are good. I like that it's a 11 track album not a 13.14 track album because filler normally ruins pop albums and it's rare to have one with just 11 on! - Vocally it's good with Lilly showing she can hold a tune on Littlest Things
This is probably been reduced to £4.99 now since it came out so long ago so for that price i think it's well worth it and i would buy an album like this over Miley Cyrus, Hillary Duff, Ashlee Simpson anyday because Lilly's smart and i think this is original - the style of singing is good. It's just fun! and it cheers you well up, the songs are really classy and i couldn't praise it more!
To end, i have to say this isn't just alright, this is amazing- even now after a year and a half of first hearing it - this is amazing, still.
Lily Allen made leaped onto the music scene last year with this album Alright Still. Making herself famous for her girly/chav dress sense, apparently catchy tunes, and her extreme honestness.
Lily Allen seems immature and will probably appeal alot more to teenager girls then to anybody else. This is clearly reflected by the music and lyrics. Lily writes about many a topics which all seem to reflect her honest attitude. Famous for slagging off other artists that are better at what they do definetly more talented and more famous such as Amy Winehouse and Madonna. Lily Allen does appear to be a little girl thinking she is better than she actually is. Nevertheless the album is still OK and many of the songs are good.
Track 1 - Smile
This is a very summery and happy song which is probably reflected in the title. If you have heard of Lily Allen you will have defintely have heard this song. The tune and melody of the song may be regarded as catchy and it is one will probably enjoy singing along to. Infact you could probably out sing Lily Allen if you did, this song does display how simple her voice really is. I think many people could do better. The lyrics can be quite amusing. Overall the song is a nice pick me up song but i dont expect it to be awarded with any prestigous awards for the singing.
Track 2 - Knock Them Out
At the beginning of this song you could be mistakened into expecting Nina Simone. However this moment is quickly spoilt with Allen speaking over the music. I dont think you could describe most of this song as being sang as many of it is spoken. If i could describe this song in one word i would choose chavtastic. The lyrics are about picking up guys in a nightclub and excuses you may use. To be honest its pretty lame. I can imagine young teenagers finding this hilarious, even more frightnening it wouldnt suprise me if two years time i was in a club and saw these 13 year old girls sneaking into clubs and using this song as a guide. What a disastourous thought. As you have probably guessed i dont like this song.
Track 3 - LDN
This song is quite sweet. Another simple summery pick me up song. The lyrics for once i can actually relate to, it describes the underlying problems of somewhere that you might not notice in your everyday routine. But if you look properly you can spot. Another one of Allens more famous songs. Voice as usual is simple and not exciting, thank goodness for the catchy beats otherwise this album would be seriously rubbish.
Track 4 - Everythings Just Wonderful
WOW finally a song where Lily Allen changes the pitch and tone of her voice, i think that alone deserves a round of applause. Very average not that exciting. Defintely a filler track used to bump up the album would never in a billion years make a single that would ever get in the top 50. Lyrics are bog standard actually that is probably the best way to describe this entire song.
Track 5 - Not Big
From the title of this song you can probably guess what the lyrics are about. Crikey i feel sorry for her exes. Yes its about a boyfriend that no longer is and his incapabilities and lacking in body parts when it comes to the bedroom. A very immature topic and lyrics, although humourous because of this. Note to all males out there do not cheat on Lily Allen i dread what songs there will be on her next album. You might enjoy this song - i especially recommend this after a break up! Might cheer you up singing this into a hairbrush after a bottle of wine. Yet again simple melody - starting to get a bit repetitive really.
Track 6 - Friday Night
Although it pains me to say it but i quite like this song. I dont think its anything to do with Allen though , i suspect it is the reggae beat throughout the track that has mad me fond of it. Lyrics are yet again about boyfriends and rival girls. Simple - O What A Suprise! but quite sweet.
Track 7 - Shame For You
By this point in the album i am starting to get a bit bored. Thank goodness for the more lively and catchy chorus - otherwise i would probably throw my stereo out the window. Poor Lyrics. Another filler track YAWN o well am getting used to this. Sweet might be nice to play this track along with the rest of the album while driving aloing on a summers day. Song doesnt appeal to me but other people may love it.
Track 8 - Littlest Things
This track is obviously about a break up, i think most people will be able to relate to the experiences described when she first starts dating this person. I like this song is really sweet, reminds me of when me and my boyfriend first started going out (obviously only some of them apply as we were 14! ) Its still a nice song though. In this song Allens very simple voice perfectly fits the topic and style of the song. Worth a listen but not one to follow "Not Big" might restore depressiveness after a break up.
Track 9 - Take What You Take
This song is annoyingly catchy for me. I end up humming the tune and miming the words for this song most of the day if i hear it in the morning. I dont even know why its not that great. A good beginning to the track though, with very catchy lyrics and music. OK is probably the best way to describe it.
Track 10 - Friend Of Mine
Unusual beginning which i like, sounds a bit reggae actually. Simplistic Track. Seems very sweet, thank goodness for the music otherwise this song would be the most annoying high pitched 3 minutes of your life! Lyrics are immature as usual but the song has a nice feel to it. Ok for a near end album song, better than a filler track but probably wouldnt make a great single.
Track 11 - Alfie
Oh dear alfie do i feel sorry for you. Yes this time Alfie, Lily Allens brother feels the wrath of her song writing. The beginning of this track makes it sound like it should it should be played at a circus or at least at a dodgy funfair. This song is about when Lilys teenage brother seemed to be wasting his life away in his bedroom smoking weed. Hmmm Ok then. Apparently she wrote this song because she cared and loved her brother - nothing to do with nationally humilating him but then i guess as his big sister it comes with the territory. I personally find this song hilarious the lyrics and topic are portrayed as very comical. It almost seems although lily allen is mnaking what should probably be a serious subject into a joke with the circus music. However the song is very catchy along with the words. Im sure this song will probably be back to haunt us at some point.
Track 1 - Smile - 3:15
Track 2 - Knock 'Em Out - 2:54
Track 3 - LDN - 3:10
Track 4 - Everythings Just Wonderful - 3:28
Track 5 - Not BIg - 3:16
Track 6 - Friday Night - 3:06
Track 7 - Shame For You - 4:12
Track 8 - Littlest Things - 3:02
Track 9 - Take What You Take - 4:06
Track 10 - Friend Of Mine - 3:57
Track 11 - Alfie - 2:43
Overall i would say the album is simple but lovely. I wouldnt ever nominate Lily Allen for best writer etc. But she does make a lovely pop act and at the end of the day i assume thats what she wants to do. One thing for sure is that she has coome a long way from her MySpace days (a social networking site ) Lily Allen first put some if her songs on this website and realised that people actually enjoyed them. Soon she was swamped with friends and this is how she got her music noticed. Good for her is all i say - i always feel alot more respect for people who have had an ambition and gone out there and done something about it.
Many people have also accused Lily Allen of playing off her Dad, Keith Allen. But to be fair when i first bought this album i didnt have a clue that this was her dad. I think its unfair to say this especially when she got out there and did it all for herself.
Bearing in mind her age and this being her frst album after being thrusted into the limelight. I assume there can only be more things to come, hopefully now with a mature twist which may appeal to a wider audience. This album i would never descibe as my favourite and no doubt it wont stay on my ipod forever. But it is really sweet and can be picked up cheaply now which makes it even better value for money. If you are into pop music and dont own this record i would recommend buying it. However if you are expecting groundbreaking music give it a miss , you will be left dissapointed.
Overall simple nice and a good first album.
I like Lily Allen's first album, Alright Still. It has a certain quality of Ian Dury about it, with dialogue rather than full-on singing. There is quite a bit of swearing in it, which I'm not keen on. Although I must admit in certain circumstances it adds to the lyrics, I am a bit of a prude!
A selection of the songs on the CD:
Smile is a very melodic song and Lily Allen's voice lends itself well to this type of composition. It is a very simple catchy tune and did well in the charts as a result.
Knock 'em out is a little more rappy in nature. Lily Allen does more talking on this track. I find the chorus quite dull and repetitive (not in a good way). Some of the lyrics are amusing though, especially, 'nah I've gotta go coz my house in on fire, I've got herpes, err no I've got syphilis'. Generally not a great track though.
Ldn is catchy and upbeat and light-hearted but with a social commentary to boot. Good track.
Everything's just wonderful is a really catchy tune with a great chorus and great lyrics, such as 'oh Jesus, Christ Almighty, do I feel alright, no not slightly' - VERY catchy and will go round and round in your head for a while!
Fright Night is my all time favourite on the album. Good strong music and brilliant lyrics that are not as repetitive as some others on the album. I am inspired by 'don't try and test me cos you'll get a reaction'. I might even make it my motto for life!!
The album is some great songs and some dull ones. There are certain tracks I always skip because they are just plain boring. But there are some great tracks too and overall I really do like the album.
Well I had obviously never heard of Lily Allen before her assault on the charts back in 2006. I mean with her big claim to fame being that her dad Keith Allen was responsible for that hideous 'Vindaloo' football anthem, I wasn't really that in awe of her.
'Alright Still' is her debut album featuring the big UK #1 'Smile' plus the other three tracks from the album that were released as singles. Lily Allen to use but a better phrase is 'as common as muck' and it shines through perfectly in the lyrics and vocals on this record. 'Alright Still' to me after listening to the whole CD seemed like the ultimate wet dream for chav girls nationwide. Not that I'm saying it's an awful album - I personally love the way Lily combines different genres such as ska and reggae and blends with her own unique brand of tongue in cheek pop.
Obviously the song that was going to start it off. What I like about the album is the brutal honesty displayed in the lyrics. It's pretty clear if you wrong this woman then you're in for it. 'Smile' has the perfect combination of catchy beats and a sing along chorus complete with playful lyrics
all delivered in a nice, little ditty that you can just imagine skipping down the street to on a summers day.
02 Knock Em Out
I have to say I think this track is brilliant. It screams 'chav bar' to me. Lily is great at getting to grips with the cheesy pick up lines and some of the excuses inbedded in the lyrics such as herpes or pregnancy are brilliant as are the various voices she uses to
portray the different people in the song. The melody itself could do with spicing up a little but this one is definately only good for comedic value.
Well I racked my brains for ages trying to figure out if LDN was a drug or something but apparently it's London abbreivated, which makes sense considering what she's singing about. It's yet another tongue in cheek track that you can just like skip through the park too.
The great thing about it is it has the feel of a child's nursery rhyme.
04 Everything's Just Wonderful
The bridge in this track is a lot stronger and defines the song a lot more than the weak chorus. Personally I didn't really 'feel' this track as much as some of the others and it's one that I'd definately skip when listening to the CD again.
It has a sort of laid back, mellow tone to it and her vocals just seem to stick out like a sore thumb.
05 Not Big
If anybody has ever heard Kelis' 'Trick Me', I am sure that the verses here are to the same beat as that track. It's yet another song directed at some poor guy who's done her wrong and as with the previous track the chorus is weak and limp [excuse the pun] compared to the rest of the track.
06 Friday Night
It's here that I feel like every song is starting to blur into one. The lyrics as always are very witty and clever but it's clear that she's running out of ideas fast as the entire structure of the song just screams 'train wreck'.
07 Shame For You
This has a sort of theatre-esque style it. It's something I can imagine being from an old black and white movie or something. Yet another track about a cheating lover, surrounded by a slow and seductive vocal and catchy, slow beats. The lyrics as always are class especially the lines 'Oh my gosh you must be joking me. If you think that you'll be poking me.'
08 Littlest Things
I must say I find this a standout track on an overall average record. It's probably the only real slow song and is actually the closest to a from the heart love song Lily can muster.
The lyrics again aren't those of some manufactured pop ballad but just honest and true and a real reflection of a relationship. The harmonies are brilliant and the song has that real, dated slow feel to it and like the previous track reminds me of a black and white movie.
09 Take What You Take
Another reggae-ska influenced track on the album that definately has a catchier chorus and more ear grabbing hook than most of the album.
10 Friend Of Mine
About a friend that obviously did something wrong... It's a bit on the bland side and possibly the worst track here.
A brilliant way to end an otherwise average album. 'Alfie' is written about her layabout brother and has a brilliant catchy, childlike chorus and rhyming style that is bound to stay in your head for days. It's just a sign of what great music could've filled the rest of the record.
Overall it's clear that Lily Allen's strength lies in her writing more than in the actual songs she produces. The cheeky lyrics and honest way in which she tackles everyday topics that her target audience are bound to relate to is what makes this album stand out though at times the 'common' delivery of her vocals can become a bit of an earsore, but overall the record is very weak due to that fact that only one or two of the tracks have the feel that they can stand the test of time and it doesn't bode well for her future career if she can't take a step forward from 'Alright Still'.
a really great album by a really unique singer. every track has a ska-pop feel to it and while some take a few listens to get used to, most of them are instantly addictive. the best song on the album is friday night because it keeps things simple and has a really catchy beat that you cant help but have a little bop to. the one thing i really like about the album, that i dont really look for in songs, is the lyrics. they talk about things that your average pop song does not. there seems to be a lot of heart felt honesty in some of the stories told through the songs. ldn is a great song for this time of year - really cool to listen to in the car with the windows down on a sunny day. this is a coffee table album - dont stick it on the shelf - leave it on the table for guests to see that you are happening!
It would be easy to say that Lily Allen was the first person to become famous through Myspace, that the way she build up an internet following meant that she had a fanbase who could support her once she moved from the world of demos to recording an album. That her wilful personality and sharp-tongued take on modern life is what defines her as a person and makes her so popular. That she is, in fact, a cult of personality which completely overshadows any music she makes. She is Lily Allen, an outspoken critic of modern celebrity culture who hates men and likes writing cheap pop songs where she over-inflates her cockney accent and criticises anyone she doesn't like. Apparently. It's very easy to make these assumptions, and to come to a conclusion on her music before you ever hear the chirpy trumpet sirens of "LDN" or the venomous backlash of "Smile". It's easy to make all these assumptions, but the annoying fact is that despite them all being true to some extent, the album itself is so entertaining you can't help but forget everything that you thought you knew about the girl. Alright, Still just so happens to be the very model of a big summer album, filled with witty, winning pop songs that evoke reggae and calypso themes on top of big band numbers and swirly synthy tracks, mixed in with some knee-slapping bar singalongs and camp anthems. Essentially, here, you have an entire mix of songs for the discerning female listener.
Allen's verbose style of nattering takes the fore quite often, making her music out in the same territory as that of Mike 'The Streets' Skinner, but yet spinning a more feminine angle on his boozy clubbing sagas. On "Knock 'em Out", she talks her way through the song, discussing the finer annoyances of being hit on by drunk people who you don't fancy. It's almost a duet of sorts, with Allen mixing and matching with another guy, taking it in turns to play the drunk or the victim. A honky-tonk sort of piano (I have no idea what honky-tonk actually means) plays and gives the song a feel like a western, while the equally compelling "Alfie" samples Sandie Shaw and gets away with it, as Allen liltingly laments her brother's varying issues. "I only say it cos I care/so please can you stop pulling me hair?" she asks in a light, floating voice which playfully works round the upbeat tone of the music behind her. Both songs are entertaining, but the novelty value does fade a little after a while. This is the problem with any sort of music which revolves around storytelling and characters - eventually, the stories will grow a bit tiresome. But, in this case, not too much.
The music - well put-together by a range of producers - is consistently a reason to keep on listening once Allen's words have started to lose their grip. "Everything's Just Wonderful" is one of those popcorn and confetti pop sounds that Annie tends to put together, with Allen moaning about various things that annoy her while elevator music and cheesy keyboards have fun around her, and a xylophone plays a little ditty overhead. There are few times when the music drops from anything less than fun, with only Mark Ronson's "Littlest Things" spoiling the mixture a little with a heavy-handed 1950's detective fiction piano dominating proceedings. Yes, that was convoluted, and I appreciate your concern - I'm fine, though. Allen has a very pretty little voice when she wants to, though, and her voice barely dips an octave as she sings about lost love. She pulls out the works for "Friend Of Mine" too, her reggae bass-line joining a chugging guitar as she goes into the high notes with relish.
"Smile" has been a little defaced after endless shunting by every radio station and TV channel known to man, but still has a little kick as it does a kiss-off shimmy. You can see here the debt Allen owes perhaps her single biggest influence - Squeeze. She gets the singing style and delivery straight from Difford and Tilbrook's lot, and "Smile" serves as a continuation of the very style of music they pioneered. "LDN" is even better, a seemingly invulnerable slice of calypso-based pop centring on a sampled brass riff taken from Tommy McCook and the Supersonics. A seemingly gentle song, it relies on the time-tested 'upbeat music, downbeat lyrics' school of song production, making the verses far more lyrically annoying than the chorus, which is sunny as anything. Allen flips from a scat singing style to a more poppy air between the two, demonstrating the versatility in her voice. It's a shame that this cannot save the two tracks "Take What You Take" and "Shame For You", which would have been certain hits if put in the hands of someone like Candie Payne, but instead are highly overshadowed when put against the other songs on the album. Not to say they aren't fun in their own right, but the whole vibe of the album grows a bit tiring after a while, and they just happen to appear at points in the album where you want to music to calm down a bit.
The overpowering pop works to elevate the jokey "Friday Night" more than the sum of a few disparate pieces, however, as a dark bass-beat sits alongside a lone trumpet in much the style of The Specials. With just the lyrics alone, a series of pot-shots at women in clubs ("don't try and test me 'cos you'll get a reaction/another drink and I'm ready for action" she warns) the song wouldn't stand up to much scrutiny, but the music backing her embodies the world of the song and takes the piss out of it at the same time, in a way which probably makes Jarvis Cocker smile a little. Whenever Allen's lyrics fall short, the music picks her up, and vice-versa, strengthening her album for her. And on "Not Big", she goes straight for the jugular, attacking the ex-boyfriend as a ska-beat tags along as her sidekick. There's a thump in the beat which Allen moulds her words around, structuring the song so her words echo the melody as the chorus slowly builds up. If there is any song which marries her lyrical awareness with an ear for a decent melody, it's this one.
Oh, uh, Mockney. I should probably mention that some of the voices she uses are cockney, so if you hate Londoners (and I'm right with you, brothers and sisters) you might want to skip. She swears on-and-off too, but there's nothing wrong with putting a little 'fuck'-ing into your work. All in all, 'Alright, Still' shows that there's life in pop music yet, and Allen stamps herself all over her debut. Personality overshadows ability nowadays, so it's a good thing Allen has enough of the latter to justify the former. A cracking album.
Alright Still is Lily Allens debut album. I love this album, and it's the best one I've brought recently! Although people I know are inclined to disagree!
1. Smile - This track is about how she gets revenge on her boyfriend that cheated on her and he gets beaten up. I wasn't too keen on this song, (before I brought the album) but it really grew on me. This is the song that has "explicit lyrics" in, which meant it was banned from MTV.
2. Knock 'em out. I hadn't heard this song before I brought them album. I LOVE this song, it's about getting rid of guys hitting on you, and some of the lyrics are hilarious! For example "can I have your number?" - "I lost my phone" or "I'm having a baby in 6 months".
3. LDN. I love this song as well! I liked it before I brought the album, although I didn't realise what it was, I had heard it in a club and alhtough I recognised it was clearly Lily Allen I didn't know what the song was. So when I put it in and played it, I was happy when I came across it! The song is about Lily Allen riding a bike through London, it appears to be cheery and very jolly/jaunty, but the lyrics have a darker emphasis, for example when she sees "a fella looking dapper sitting with his slapper" etc. But definately a little gem of a song!
4. Everythings just wonderful. This song doesn't really grab me like the others do. It's about how things go wrong, like she can't get a flat because she can't get a mortgage with bad credit etc.
5. Not big. I like this song, along with quite a lot of the songs, its cheerful sounding, but it's about her boyfriend where she sounds like she's trying to get back at him and how it's all his fault!
6. Friday Night. Again, this song is digging at people, this time, Lily is waiting to get into a club with a huge line and thinks they won't get in until quarter to two! The girl on the door gets on her wrong side by having security search her. I like this song as well!
7. Shame for you. This is another song digging at a boyfriend, who I'm assuming cheated on her, given the line "spreading your seed all over the town"! Personally I don't think this song is as good as the others on this album, although I'm sure it'll grow on me.
8. Littlest things. This song is about her relationship, but it contrasts quite a lot to the others about a relationship because it's about the good times, for example watching dvd's together, being someones missis and at the end of the song she is asking if it's the end. This song has grown on me, although I didn't hear it before I brought the album, and it didn't stand out to me before, but now it's very good.
9. Take what you take. I'm really not sure about this song! Again, the song is getting at someone for example "what the ____ do you know" and "who the hell are you though? I didn't ask for your advice etc" but I don't know why... Hmm...
10. Friend of mine. This song is getting at one of her girly friends, how the good old days have gone, and this girl is getting herself a bad reputation. Lily is questionning whether this girl even cares about what she's being called.
11. Alfie. This song is one of the reasons I brought this album! It was the first Lily Allen song I heard and I loved it straight away! It's about her brother Alfie and how he is a bit of a layabout, does nothing and needs to get a job! She's basically despairing of him.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Knock 'Em Out
4 Everything's Just Wonderful
5 Not Big
6 Friday Night
7 Shame For You
8 Littlest Things
9 Take What You Take
10 Friend Of Mine