Saturday, February 14, 2009

Lily Allen: It's Not Me, It's You

[AP Photo/EMI]

After undergoing much public scrutiny for her drunken soirees, filthy vernacular, unfortunate miscarriage, and rivalries with Amy Winehouse and Cheryl Tweedy, Lily Allen managed to write and record new music to grace us all with in the form of her sophomore effort "It's Not You, It's Me," which came out this past Tuesday, the 10th.

This time around Lily's ditched her reggae pop sound and traded it in for songs driven by toned down electro beats and pianos, but her cheekiness and wit are still present in her lyrics. 

Love in all its forms, like on her last album "Alright, Still," is a constant theme. The western tinged "Not Fair" laments about an almost perfect guy. His flaw? He can't make her scream in the sack. But she also touches on iffy subjects like God in "Him." Lily goes so far as to mention 9/11. "Ever since he can remember people have died in his good name/ Long before that September/ Long before hijacking planes/ He's lost the will he can't decide/ He doesn't know who's right or wrong." 

Another track worth mentioning is the oxymoronic "Fuck You" -- it's piano arrangement is super perky and Lily's vocals sound so adorable as she coos, "So you say/ It's not okay to be gay/ Well I think you're just evil/ You're just some racist/ Who can't tie my laces/ You're point of view is medieval." 

Lily's dodged the sophomore slump with "It's Not You, It's Me." It's worth a listen, plus right now it's only $3.99 on Amazon. Need more convincing? Check out the video to her first single "The Fear."

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