It's Not Me, It's You, is the follow-up to Lily Allen's critically acclaimed 2007 debut, Alright, Still. The album finds Lily in top form, creating a record Blender's recent "In The Studio" feature described as "part God, … see full wiki
Three long years after the massively successful debut album "Alright, Still" Lily Allen returns with her deceptively beautiful voice, and erudite commentary on todays youth society to make yet another massively successful album. I must tell the truth from the get go and say that from the beginning I absolutely despised Lily Allen. I found her vulgar and crass and saw her as the personification of the ill respectful chav culture. This idea was of course before I became familiar with the girl and the music she presents to the world.
Throughout the last 3 years I have become aware that there's much more of a charming and wonderful character behind some of the foul language and the hate filled rants against her fellow celebrities. She is someone who is in reality quite a frail person and that is sometimes evident in her music, but she shows a genuine love for her family and her life at the same time. The song "Alfie" from "Alright, Still" presented a fun loving depiction of her younger brother which I'm sure he's still not too happy about.
Anyway, let's look at this album. So what's different? Well, Lily's 3 years older and much wiser because of the fact which has also led her to calm down a little. Two songs on this album really stand out from the crowd. They shout "THIS IS THE TRUTH ABOUT THE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE" which is especially in the case of the first single "The Fear." She sings about the youth culture and celebrity status and in a recent interview says that the recent rise of celebrities who are famous for being famous give children nothing to aspire for. This is surprising intelligence displayed by what many would consider to be quite a cliché pop singer (of course those who say that don't know her).
The other genuinely memorable song is the shockingly entitled "F**k You" which is her own farewell song to the man that is George Bush. Now it may be old news to us now, but I'm sure when she was writing it, Bush was at the height of his public idiocy. This song although a harsh commentary on the Bush years presents itself in a sarcastically upbeat tone.
She's a fantastic musician and although the majority of the album is an upbeat pop sounding album, to listen to the lyrics is to gain a wider education about ourselves and our society. Lily has had an eventful 3 year career in the public eye, some of it unfortunate, some of it joyful. What we need to be aware of is that she makes fantastic music which nobody should be ashamed of listening to although I can imagine many may be slightly embarassed to begin with.
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