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I love this album!
It may be a little offensive (with songs titled F*ck You!) but it's supposed to be tongue in cheek. It's supposed to be FUN. If you are likely to take offence then don't buy it, simple. It does have "Parental Advisory" stuck on the front of it!
The album contains Lily's number one hit "The Fear", in which Lily explores the celebrity world and her status. The song is supposed to be a pop song with the Lily twist. The great thing about this album is that it has the Lily Allen sound throughout. No other artist could copy her, no one could steal her style and the way she says things. Lily is VERY honest, which isn't a bad thing. I think it's good to say what you feel and this album expresses that. Throughout the album Lily doesn't hold back. She even slags off an ex-boyfriend for being cr*p in bed! I thought the song was really funny when I first heard it but the novelty soon wore off and I just imagined it to be like any other song after that. It's still good though, it's just a pity that radio stations censor it as it isn't THAT offensive and children wouldn't understand it anyway. Oh well. Trust radio stations to spoil a good song. "F*ck You" isn't that offensive despite the title. It was Lily's way of getting back at certain people. Anyone remember her spat with Cheryl Cole?
The album explores many themes including relationships, sex, drugs, alcohol abuse and the celebrity world. It's fun to listen to and it's really funky and fresh. I would describe it as a pop album with a touch of Ska.
A classic pop album that says it like it is!
The Lily Allen phenomenon personifies illuminating risk by daring to stand out from the pop world. The English pop-folk producer, fashion designer and actress style of music strongly appeals to my tastes directly because there is nothing pretentious about her music. She tells it as it is with some degree of spectacular persuasion that does not intend to offend anyone, but the effect is to take the excessive need for politeness out of everything even though this doesn't always get delivered.
Although her sound is of a reggae-quality for which she is renowned, she mixes it fantastically well with a variety of background sounds without it dominating the main emphasis of her vocals as the central feature of all her music. Initially, I was thrown when the release of her second major album, its not me, it's you which saw a dramatic shift in her style and approached a new type of electro-pop genre that gave her own sound a much needed character boost that saw the album shoot to number 1 on the UK and Australian albums charts. 'The Fear', is definitely about the irony of consumption which makes it a remarkable piece of skilled art and appeals directly to anyone who is seduced by the celebrity lifestyle. The song itself is brutally honest as well as exposes the vulnerability of a person easily lulled by the falsity of material existence. Despite the fact that it is essentially a political campaign material: it is inviting listening with simple vocals and gentle guitar in the background, then suddenly explodes into heightened chorus as the song progresses with the addition of electro-pop.
Ever since then, she has grown to be far more experimental in her own productions without compromising her original sound and is such an enormous success for this reason alone. However, I initially disliked the impact of her earlier recordings merely because I felt that she was too polite however stunningly versed she was. Perhaps because I assumed them to be soft-punk in some way is unclear now, but back in 2005/6 she was marginally less confident than now but has proved herself exceptionally mature in her music within the last few years. Her earlier and very popular hit song "Smile" that received multiple nominations, did little to inspire me to buy her sound, but as her ambitions to experiment increased: it produced far more exciting listening.
Her other co-written hit single, "Fuck You" begins with a Carpenter's sound from the "Close to you" song then proceeds to use a full combination of metro-synthesis; electric keyboard; light drum and bass so it's hard to describe this song's originality of production in summary when it is just so unique. Originally the song appeared on Lily's My Space page in 2008 alongside "I could say" and "I Don't Know" (now known as the "Fear") under the title "Guess Who Batman" which has been subject to much scrutiny by some magazine reviews. For example; according to NME and Rolling Stone magazines "the song is an anti-George W. Bush protest, while another source the Urban Review states that it was originally inspired by the right-wing British National Party" - The accuracy of truth is not really known, although it is well publiscised in places that Lilly Allen agrees with many of the BNP policies which may influence her songs is arguable when a majority are quite personal as oppossed to political.
Inevitably she is one of the few artists to have plugged away as a marketable asset but since her recent announcement in 2009 that "she sees no way that she could ever make a profit making new records, said that she has no plans to make another album and she is not renewing her record contract" implies that financial excess (not success) has more of an important place in her life that leaves her fans somewhat bewildered because they assume her to be one of the few singers who isn't out for grandeur. She has made a fortune from her sales, so I am also left wondering about her statement that seems to contradict what her brand is meant to be about?
I am left feeling pretty disappointed by her sudden abandonment to produce more music just as it is becoming more intriguing and exciting. Instead, she has successfully fallen into the celebrity lifestyle most of us hadn't expected from her and so this does affect the way in which her songs convey themselves. It is only natural that she wants to evolve into other business ventures but not at the expense of giving up on her music career.
I'm not really a fan on Lily Allen , although I will admit that I do like one or two of her songs including 'Littlest Things' and 'Oh My God'. My friend on the other hand is a massive fan of Lily's and insisted that I borrowed her copy of her most recent album.
It's Not Me , It's You is the second album from Lily Allen and was released in the United Kingdom on 9th February 2009. The album comes under the pop and alternative genres , and consists of twelve songs including ; The Fear and It's Not Fair. The CD is available to buy from Amazon for a price of £3.99 which I think is fantastic value.
If I'm honest I wasn't expecting much from this album when I first heard about. She just struck me as the kind of artist who would have 'boring' albums but kinda good singles (no offence!) and because I have never owned a Lily Allen album , I was unsure as to what to expect. However , I was pleasantly suprised as there is a lot of good songs on this album ; much to my suprise. The songs which stand out the most for me are 'It's Not Fair' and '22' , although I can't fault any of the tracks , as they each bring something to the album. There are some very catchy tunes on here which will stay in your head for hours. This definately isn't an album for children (or the easily offended ) as there is quite a lot of swearing including a song called 'f**k you!' , which I could not believe ; surely they could have come up with a more polite title?!
Apart from all the swearing (there is a lot , and it does get really annoying after a while) , I did enjoy listening to the lyrics as they were really interested and in most of the songs Lily gives her opinionon this , that or the other , and it's nice to have a change from the usual artists who just sing about 'love' and relationships.
Lily proves on this album that she can actually sing. I had originally thought that all she did was talk along to the beat (like a kind of rap , yet different). She has got quite a good , and if I say so quite a sweet little voice. She's very different and unique to other artists , but I think it would be nice if she did sing a bit more than 'talk' in her songs , after all , shes' got talent , so why not use it ?!
I didn't think I'd hear myself say (or see myself write in this case) this , but I would definately recommend this Lily Allen! It certainly suprised me , and I will be looking out for her future hits (if she returns to the music scene!)
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April 16th 2010
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I feel no shame in admitting it but I like Lily Allen albums, this is the second and I now own both of them and I like them, it also earns me father points with my daughter who always moans that I rarely seem to have any female vocalists in my music collection, for some reason she does not count the blues singers such as Billy Holliday that I have which is a shame for her but maybe she will learn to appreciate them in time.
In her second album we get a more mature Lily, she is not quite so "chavtastic" as her earlier work, sure there is still a bit of swearing and some rather suspect sexual lyrics but her image for this album is reflected in the more classy and sexual persona that she presents, she appears much more confident in her body and in her career and as her lyrics often reflect the state of her personal life and hence her mental state there is some more maturity shown. Cynics will always suggest that she is a manufactured artist having got a leg up from the celebrity father and step father and in this album she appears less apologetic for that fact and more accepting.
There are a few reasons why I like this album. The first is the fact that her vocals are always very clear and the lyrics nice and simple, this makes it good sing along material while driving in the car, ok I may sound a bit camp when singing lines that bemoan the fact that I spent "ages giving head" but in the cocoon of my own car I care little. The songs are also quite upbeat and unashamedly pop in style and this is exemplified by two of the earlier tracks, The Fear and 22, both of which were released as singles and talk about the vacuous nature of fame. The Fear is a super track with some soft almost talky vocals at the outset and then a nice string movement in the middle of the song when the tempo builds. 22 is also a nice upbeat sort of track that hides the rather sad lyrics being sung, sort of similar to the way The Beautiful South used to construct their songs.
A second reason why I like the album is that she has incorporated a wide range of musical styles within the album, they do not all work but I like the variety, for example you get the country and western influenced Not Fair where she talks about the almost perfect boyfriend except for the fact that he is crap in bed. No doubt a lyric that resonates with some of her female audience, again I like this track, the driving country and western guitar in the song gives it a nice tempo and the lyrics are softly delivered with a sense of frustration also shown in the delivery. Never Gonna Happen also marks a different style with a sort of French Europhile come gypsy influence in the way it starts almost as a chant and then evolves into a rather brutal admittance that someone in love with her has no hopes and she has just used them for sex. It again has a nice breezy feel to the song and a rousing chorus that is perfect for singing along to. As I said all of the musical styles do not work for me, some of the harder more dance influenced tracks are for me not so strong, I find I Could Say to be a rather bland song where the techno beat adds little and it is the track I'm most likely to skip past on the album.
I must admit Ms Allen has been looking rather fine and appealing on some of her videos, the classier gowns and more flattering styling are the sign of a more sexual character, she also has that Spice Girl quality about her that she is accessible to Joe average (men will know what I mean) however the downside to having a relationship with her is that when it goes pear shaped you are likely to be slated in a song, her first album was littered with such lyrics and this album has the odd example however when we get to two consecutive ballads in the album Who'd Have Known and Chinese we get to a loved up Lily and I like both of these songs for their simple rather endearing lyrics and gentle melodies. The first tracks is about falling in love with a close friend and the second sort of takes the relationship on to the next stage and a comfortable rather un-celebrity existence. Both are good tracks and work well with regards to the rest of the album.
Finally and more variable in quality you have the slightly tongue in cheek songs. He Wasn't There has a nice swing feel to it with the snare drum providing the beat and the vocals having a soft retro feel to them, just like in the first album the last track was about her brother well this one is about her Dad, continuing the family theme so when album three comes out look out mum, this one however is quite positive about her relationship with Dad. I like this song however I cannot say the same about the eight track on the album which entitled with a fairly standard bit of Anglo Saxon sexual language (the F word if the first bit is too subtle for you) it has a bright cheery beat and then the work repeated throughout the chorus which I just find a bit sad as if it is just there for shock value.
Despite a couple of deficiencies this is a good solid pop album and an improvement on her first effort. I doubt very much that it is an album I will listen to much now that it has been relegated from my car cd collection but it was enjoyable and lasted for about three months which is not bad going. I have not covered every track, I do not do playlist style album reviews, but rest assured those tracks not covered are perfectly ok in my book and that includes the rather preachy drug song opener Everyone's At It which is a good track. As for Ms Allen well if I was a guessing man I would say she probably has at least one more album in her before changing career direction in favour of TV or film but then what do I know I though Danni Minogue would be bigger musically than Kylie instead she just went for bigger boobs.
You can pick the album up for £3.99 on Amazon which is a good price I reckon and from £2.00 in the used section.
Thanks for reading and rating my review and apologies if any of the content offends or alternatively see track 8.
I was never really a Lily Allen fan, until this album was released. I thought she was a good singer, but her songs slightly annoyed me, and her voice even more, so when I first heard the song, the fear, I wasn't expecting to go ahead and listen to the whole album on spotify, therefore wasn't planning on ever buying it.
This review is going to be for the newer, most recent version of this album the special edition, as it has more songs on it and I can review it better as I dont have the original.
To start with here is the track listing
1. everyones at it
2. the fear
3. not fair
5. i could say
6. back to the start
7. never gonna happen
8. f**k you
9. who'd have known
12. he wasn't there
13. the fear (acoustic)
14. 22 (acoustic)
15. who'd have known (acoustic)
16. he wasn't there (acoustic)
17. i could say (acoustic)
18. womanizer (acoustic)
19. mr blue sky
20. the count (aka herve) and lily face the fear
21. not fair (style of eye remix)
22. f**k you (annie nightingale and far too loud remix)
23. 22 (the big pink remix)
All of these are labeled as explicit but some of them are not quite as bad others.
Of all of these tracks I think my favourite still has to be the original of the fear, as the tune is just a nice little pop melody and the lyrics are good and easy to sing along to. I have to say that the acoustic version is still just as good as the original but I think because there isn't anything going on in the background, apart from the piano, which makes it that little bit less interesting!
The last four tracks on this album are of a very differen't style to the rest of the album, they are all remixes, and therefore more in the style of dance music than pop. First off, I can't stand dance music, by this I mean music that you will find in most dance clubc, so personally these four songs just dont ionterest me at all, so I dotend to switchthe album off when it gets these.
All of the acoustic songs, are good, even if they all seem to lack something about them. But at the same time there something quite satisfying about acoustic songs, maybe it's just me but I tend to listen more intently to the instruments when the song is acoustic.
Overall, this is a very good album. I cant compare it to her first as I have not actually listened to that one before, and I dont intend to. You might want to skip a couple of the tracks if you are listening to it with relatives (f**k you) but overall good listening. I got this for £7.99 from amazon, which for 23 tracks is a bargain, go out and buy it now.
After her million-selling debut, "Alright, Still," Lily Allen has returned with yet another great album. Her sophomore effort, "It's Not Me, It's You," continues in the much the same vein as the aforementioned release. The cheeky lyrics are still prominent, as best exemplified in second single "Not Fair": 'As I lie here in the wet patch in the middle of the bed / I'm feeling pretty damn hard done by / I spent ages giving head'.
Furthermore, the production values have definitely stayed consistent. The electro-magnetism of "Back To The Start" and "Everyone's At It" prove that Lily's new producer Greg Kurstin is every bit as exciting as previous chum Mark Ronson.
Additionally, the subject matter on the album is surprisingly diverse. Issues ranging from substance abuse ("Everyone's At It"), to celebrity culture ("The Fear"), to ageism ("22"), to politics ("F**k You"), to religion ("Him") are explored throughout the 12 track set.
Likewise, another pleasantly surprising aspect of "It's Not Me, It's You" is the overall quality of the tracks--there is no filler here. Many people could argue that after "The Fear" and "Not Fair" two of the worst tracks on the album, "22" and "Who'd Have Known," were released. For me, personally, "I Could Say" is the highlight of the whole album.
One of the reasons I first started to listen to and like Lily Allen's music was because she is slightly different and doesnt have songs that are just like everything else out there. I thoroughly enjoyed her first album and I was really looking forward to hearing her latest offering, and I was not disappointed. Now I don't think Lily Allen is the greatest singer in the world and I'm sure she would probably agree but she is unique and seems to record one catchy song after another and that's what makes her so popular in my opinion.
Some Track + My Opinions:
F**k You & Never Gonna Happen:
I put the opinions of these two tracks together because they are in my opinion very similar.
I think Lily did actually come out and say these particular songs were written about and ex boyfriend although she declined to say who. I like both of these songs they are very tongue-in-cheek and humorous which in turn make them incredible catchy and stick in your head for hours after you have heard them! Both songs = 5/5
This song again is written about someone Lily knows, in this case Amy Winehouse. Its about a girl who at 22 had everything money, happiness and fame but now at 30 she is looking back on her life wondering what the hell happened. I think this song is quite thought provoking and really does make you think about what you want to be like at 22, well it did for me anyway and because of that I liked the song even more. 5/5
Its Not Fair:
As with the rest of the songs on the album this is another humorous offering. Lily herself said that she wrote this about and ex boyfriend who failed to return sexual pleasure! Bet he wasn't pleased when he heard this lol. I on the other hand thought it was hilarious and if I remember it became quite a big hit earlier this year so others must have agreed with me. 4.5/5
Another track from the album that received a massive success when it was released earlier this year. The song is written about these so called celebrity's that are famous for absolutely nothing.... *Cough* Paris Hilton *Cough* and people like that who give children the wrong idea and very low aspirations in life. This is a song of two halves because the message is very clear but Lily tries to get her point across in a funny way. 4.5/5
This songs I feel shows a softer more romantic side to Lily because its not a piss take jokey song like so many other of her hits but a slower song about love and relationships.
I think this track more than any shows how much she has matured since her last album and how much her music and voice has grown as a result. Catchy song 5/5
Towards the second half of the album the songs get a lot softer and slower in order to show us a different side to her vocals. And I think this was the right thing to do. I think Lily does a good job on this song in which she sings about religion and what would god say if he could see all the stupid things we do. Again quite a thought provoking track. 4.5/5
Other Tracks From The Album: Everyone's At It, I Could Say, Go Back To The Start, Who'd've Known & He Wasn't There. I would say the tracks I didnt mention are all great with the exception of He Wasn't There which didnt really appeal to me at all.
After listening to this album it is clear to see how much Lily has grown and matured since her first album offering. Some of the tracks were obviously included as a bit of a gamble as they are not her usual style at all but for me I think the gamble payed off and Lily ended up showing everyone a totally different quality to her voice.Ive heard on TV shows and other things lately that Lily is giving up singing for a while to pursue an acting career and I must say after hearing that and then this album I was really disappointed because I was looking forward to hearing her funny songs for years to come yet.
This album is definitely a hit for me and one I will continue listening to for some time because the songs are just so damn catchy.I highly recommend this to people right from very young right up to very old. Although your granny might be a bit surprised by some of the words hehe.
You can get this CD for around £5 on amazon.co.uk or play.com (not including P&P)
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Lily Allen - Its not you its me
Who is Lily Allen?
When Lily Allen first came onto the scene, l don't think l really took her seriously. I thought she would be a one hit wonder. But her music was catchy and rather likeable and soon she became a household name for her pop music.
What is great about Lily Allen, is that she doesn't conform to general stereotypes. She is her own person, who does her own thing. Lily Allen is Someone who doesn't appear to have had an easy life, but she is someone who gets up and gives it her best shot.
She is a bit of a livewire, perhaps sometimes has too much to say and who wears outrageous clothes, but if you accept this as part of who she is, you will actually see that underneath she is just a normal 20 something having fun.
Born in 1985 to actor and musician Keith Allen, and film producer Alison Owen, Lily Allen is a star in her own right now. She has even tried her hand at TV with her own show - Lily Allen and friends and recently made an appearance on the Aussie soap Neighbours.
The hit 'Smile' was Lily Allens first Uk number one. Lily Allen has since become known for her witty lyrics and her unique style, a pop star and song writer with a difference.
Myspace the social networking website, seems to have been influential in her success and in her ability to become recognised.
The album- Its not me its you
This particular album was released in February 2009.
What is noticeable about this second album is that there is a completely new flavour to this album, with new influences and styles throughout.
Lily Allen has grown up, and her music has matured with this second album. Don't get me wrong, this is still Lily Allen. Many of the lyrics are still 'extreme' 'explicit' and controversial. On the album cover there is a parental advisory sticker, because of the nature of the lyrics in her songs. So this is an indication of the adult themes the album covers.
Sometimes you find yourself listening to the lyrics and thinking, 'l cant believe she just said that'. It seems Lily Allen dares to venture on territory that other artists steer away from. Perhaps this is one reason her music is different from other pop stars.
Her lyrics are actually even 'funny' or at least amusing at times.
However her music, old and new, will not appeal to everyone. For some she may offend, and it might not be music you would want your children listening too.
Lily Allen co writes this album with Greg Kurstin. Except for the track 'who'd have known' which is written by Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Mark Owen, Howard Donald, Steve Robson, Lily Allen and Greg Kurstin. Apparently there were some issues about whether she would be able to include this song as the chorus is similar to Take That's Shine, but with their permission, she was able to.
There are twelve tracks on the album.
1) Everyone's at it
Straight away, from this first track, you notice that her music has changed. It's a nice track to begin the album with. You notice that she seems to be 'singing' more in this track than on her previous debut album.
I like the instrumentals in this track. It's a nice track, easy to listen to, and fun.
2) The Fear
One of my favourites tracks on the album. Probably a song you have heard, as it was released as a single. This song didn't instantly appeal when l first heard it, but it's a song that grows on you.
Its noticeable that these songs are more dance inducing, as she intended to make an album which was more dancey, so that her gigs were a little more 'fun'.
3) Not Fair
This song is catchy, although possibly not a song you might like to be singing down the high street. It talks about issues in the bedroom. Her lyrics are never going to be inspirational... but they are catchy. I notice the elements of country that she has added to the album in this track. Its not hugely obvious, but if you listen out carefully you can hear it.
Another nice song. Catchy and easy to listen to.
5) I could say
A nice track. Its okay, l find it a bit bland. Its listenable, but quite dull really. Lyrically l quite like this track.
6) Back to the start
I like this song, its quite a fun, dancey, lively track. Possibly another favourite on the album.
7) Never gunna happen
This song reminds me of tracks on her previous album. But its catchy like many of her songs are.
The instrumentals are quite different in this track, but other than that this track offers the listener nothing new.
8) F*** you
Is it wrong to like this song? I think this song works quite well. The main lines seem to be 'f**k you', but it's a nice song. I think its one of those songs, when her voice actually really comes through.
Again this song is annoyingly catchy. Apparently its an anti George Bush song.
9) Who'd have known
This is the song which caused a bit of a fuss with legalities. It is pretty obvious that the chorus sounds like Take Thats song 'Shine', but it's a nice song and she sings it well.
When Lily Allen sings properly she has got a really sweet and gentle voice.
Quite a nice chorus to this song. I didn't really like the intro, but when it gets going it gets better.
A track l like. In the second half of this album I've noticed the songs have been 'quieter' and softer. I think this suits Lily Allens voice well, and this is one of her typically quieter tracks.
12) He wasn't there
I don't like this song at all. I think this song has elements of jazz, and l don't think it works at all. Possibly the song l like least on the album.
Well the album seems to start quite differently, but then you notice that the album hasn't lost the old Lily Allen. The second half of the album is quieter and less dancey. I really like some of the livelier songs.
What l notice about this album is that it's a really nice album. Its not an album that l would say l love, but its nice.
Its nice to see Lily Allen bringing different styles into her music, and trying new things - some of which seem to work, others dont. I really liked Lily Allens first album, but l do think she needed some different ideas if she was to continue her success. She seems to have achieved that with this album.
Unfortunately some of the songs are a bit samey, and don't really have the ability to be instantly recognisable unless you have listened to the album quite a bit.
I think this album probably takes a bit of getting used to. You need to listen to it a fair few times before you enjoy the album to its full capability.
I like this album, and l would recommend it to those of you who liked the first album, l think you would like this one too.
The difficult second album? I rarely buy current music, Lily Allen is one of my only exceptions to this habit. I loved "Alright Still" and wasn't really expecting much from "Its not you, its me". I thought I'd find it a bit samey.
But following a bit of a crazy year, Lily Allen has had to grow up, and I think her music has done the same. This album doesn't feel as cheesey, or chavvy as her first album at all. The music is diverse, the songs seem to suit me a little more.
This album feels quite storytelling-esque, and thats not a bad thing. One of my favourite songs on the album is "22" which tells the story of a girl at the end of her 20's, who feels as though her life is slipping away from her, that she's not made anything of her life and that she's waiting for a man to make it right for her. The story sounds familiar to my friends, and to a certain extent me.
The whole album looks at life in quite a light-hearted manner, whilst looking at some deeper issues such as consumerism, depression, racism and love (naturally) as well as some others, sex, drugs, etc.
Lily Allen is the daughter of comedian Keith Allen & she follows her extremely popular debut album "Alright Still" with this her second offeing.
Alright Still was a very strong debut album with a number of highlights mostly songs about getting revenge on past boyfriends & teaching them a lesson, you really wouldn't want to mess with her.
It's Not Me It's You is far more mature follow up. It's almost like Lily has grown up more as a person as this album seems to be far deeper. But this doesn't mean that the songs on offer are any less catchier than we used to from the songstress. You will find the singles "The Fear", "Not Fair" and the newest release "21" as well as numerous other highlights. My favourite tracks on the album has to be "Who'd Have Known" where Lily sings about one of the loves of her life, although unlike her it's actually a new song about a guy for a change.
I think this is a great album for the car, you'll be singing along to all the tracks in no time with their infectious lyrics. We all love her attitude & personaliy but with this offering, Lily once again confirms that she can produce some top quality pop songs. This is a great addition to any music collection!
After such a popular and somewhat controversial debut album, it was hard to imagine Lily Allen being able to come back with anything as fresh sounding, exciting and down right likable as this new one has turned out to be! 'It's Not Me It's You' is just as charming as the first album in Lily's unique way. Although i imagine this album is going to be more popular among a female audience i personally loved this album. From start to finish this album full of upbeat catchy pop greatness. Lily's wit and ability to find the funny side of all kinds of situations not only remains on this record but if anything, she's stepped it up to a whole new level . This time round tackling the subjects of the media, relationships and even the big man upstairs ! I would have picked out a few of the highlights from the album to tell you about, but in my opinion there are no weak parts to this album so i will just say buy it and hear it for yourself.
With a lazy smile on her face and a fag in her hand, Lily Allen has done it again. It seems effortless, and 2009's "Its Not Me Its You" presents Allen with more hits, more fans and more oppertunities to swear about boys. Warning, explicit lyrics, it says. That label against a baby pink background is definitly different- but thats just her...successful and arguably talented, this second studio album from the 24 year old Londoner.
With a slamming comeback, "The Fear" and "Not fair" are good, catchy pop records, and whatever side of the Marmite debate you take, you have to admit...shes one in a million. I found this 12-track CD just that; and if you enjoyed her previous work, or artists such as Kate Nash and The Kooks, its definitly worth a listen.
It is her best. Including her recent hits; its bouncy but feminist, opinionated and strong, bringing across her personality as well as her love of music. In big demand, a new, stylish Lily Allen carries her old chav-pop through at £8.98 at amazon
When Lily Allen first came about I didn't enjoy her music and dismissed her completly. Now I know I was wrong to do so.
Her lyrics on this album are witty, realistic, to the point and at times realistically romantic. From smash hit 'The Fear' - a wry insight into the world of celebrity "Everything's cool as long as I'm getting thinner," through to feel good break up tune "I could say" this is a sing along album that I can see having many female fans.
My personal favourite songs on the album are "Him" a song apparently penned for her father, "Chinese" a cute romantic song about returning home to someone and the everyday comfortable normality of a relationship and the spin around whislt getting ready for a date song "Who'd have known" which chronically follows a realtionship from first date to awkward unspoken (often the case) transition to relationship with a chirpy chorus I can't help but smile at.
All in all this is one of my favourite driving C.Ds as it's got a full range with every song sounding different, almost with a different version of Miss Allen writing each. Even my dad likes this!
The language on it could be offensive to some, especially track number 8 whose name I am not going to write down - it is a very intelligent track though about small minded individuals such as racists and homophobes.
Oh and I personally think the album title is genius.
Lily Allen, one of our generations singer-songwriters, stands out from the bunch with her witty, earthy lyrics, all written by her herself. Her social commentary is a time biting and at others pain-stakingly true, but the upbeat tone of the album adds almost an irony to her words.At 23, Lily's voice is remarkable and the 12 song album really showcases her talent, as well as her sparkling personality.
Coverart: Simple yet cool, the pink and black are striking and the big L stylish, yet not showy. 'It's not me, it's you', the title is a witty take on the popular phrase.
Songs: There isn't a bad song on this album, as Lily experiments with different styles, incorportating even country! 'Not Fair' and the brilliant 'F*ck you' are fabulously outrageous, while 'Chinese' is sweet and gently romantic and '22' upbeat and chirpy despite it's somewhat sadly true subject matter. Loving her first album, I was nervous about her second, but Lily has excelled herself here.
I'm strangely drawn to Lily Allen's style, a lot of people have knocked her ability to converse through song but I actually enjoy listening to it. It's a simple yet at times a comedic way of conveying life experiences that a lot of people can relate to.
Not only is she very talented with her delivery but she has a gifted voice to, one that draws the listener like a hypnotist with a broken watch - you're not sure whats going on but you can't turn away.
The straight-forward no nonsense approach in track 3's Not Fair, separates her from the nearly made-it's of her generation.
Right from the off, Lily sets her stall out and has done well not to divert from her obvious individual style.
I would fully recommend this album to anyone, and existing Lily Allen fans would not be let down, she's still throwing all the right punches.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Everyone's At It
3 Not Fair
5 I Could Say
6 Back To The Start
7 Never Gonna Happen
8 Fuck You
9 Who'd Have Known
12 He Wasn't There