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Old 02-09-2009, 10:31 PM   #1
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Lily Allen - It's Not Me, It's You!

Hi friends. Let's talk about Lily. She's just come out with a brand new album called It's Not Me, It's You and, well, it's awesome. I've been listening to it a lot over the last few days and it's made of very good things.

Her debut album, Alright, Still, is one of the best pop albums of the decade, and the follow-up does not disappoint. It has a more mature and sophisticated feel to it overall than the debut did, still very melodic, with some new stylistic tricks thrown in there. And it's filled with Lily's trademark wit and observational lyric stuffs. And I love her voice. And she's really cute.

The lead single called The Fear is a huge hit in the UK already. Other standout tracks for me right now are Not Fair (future hit single), 22, Back To The Start, and Chinese. And there are some great tracks that made the album that have been floating around the interwebs for almost a year now...the gorgeous I Could Say and Everyone's At It, and the anti-bigot anthem Fuck You.

I really think you guys should check it out. Or, if you already have, please tell me what you think about it.
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:34 PM   #2
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Her debut had a few good songs (specifically the first three), but it hasn't aged well for me overall.

In any case, I'm looking forward to this new one. The Fear was solid.
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:34 PM   #3
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I'd hit it.
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I'm totally buying this tomorrow. Or whatever Tuesday it comes out this month.
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Her debut had a few good songs (specifically the first three), but it hasn't aged well for me overall.

In any case, I'm looking forward to this new one. The Fear was solid.
Coolness. Yeah, track one on the debut was Smile which was her big breakthrough hit and track three was LDN which is one of the greatest and most infectious pop songs I've ever heard.

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I'd hit it.
Ha, so would I! But she makes good music, too.

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I'm totally buying this tomorrow. Or whatever Tuesday it comes out this month.
Yes! Doooooooo it. It's tomorrow.
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LDN and Alfie were top tunes.

She's prettier now then she was a few years back I reckon, probably had all sorts of good make up work done, considering some of the shit she's been through.
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Good New Album
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Loving the new album I was a bit worried after I heard Everyone's At It and found it rather underwhelming and wasn't sure about Lily's new direction, but it grew on me and the album has much stronger songs. I like her mix of catchy tunes and sweet little voice and occasionally foul-mouthed and cutting lyrics.
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Oh the new album is great, I like it a lot more than the first one and I liked that a lot, too. I love Lily's lyrics, the girl tells it like it is
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I'm listening to her debut. "LDN" is indeed beautiful. Where's this girl been all my life? We'll see how I like the rest, then I'll move to the new one.
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Thisas been on rotation all week, and I love it everytime.
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Alright, after runs through both albums, I've noticed quite a few clunkers. I don't think the albums really work for me, but there are a handful of songs I really adore and can see myself coming back to.

I shouldn't have ended that sentence with a preposition at.
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Wow, it's actually better than Alright, Still. I'm stunned.

While it lacks a Smile or LDN, it's pretty clear that It's Not Me, It's You is a far more consistent, cohesive, and considered record. Unlike it's predecessor, it would be far easier for me to name off the tracks I didn't like from the album than it would be for me to name off my favorites, which are, for the record:

The Fear
I Could Say
Back To The Start

This album will likely occupy the same spot that She & Him did for me in 2008; it will end up shy of my top 10 for the year, but always be a reliable source of the slickest, catchiest pop around.
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I thought "Alright, Still" was a good album, but it wasn't anything that blew me away. However, I have to say that "It's Not Me, It's You" demonstrates some brilliance.

What separates this album from other pop music is the sheer intelligence and cleverness of Allen's lyrics. There really isn't a moment where I truly feel that the words she says are throwaway (I'm sure on a second listen I may be able to find such a moment --- haha).

Overall, check this out. 8.5 out of 10.
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