Just picked up Lily Allen’s new album It’s Not Me, It’s You. It’s kind of fucking brilliant. On one level it’s the sounds of a reformed party girl settling down, making ammends and working her way painfully through the 12 step program and yet, the more you listen to the “serious tracks” like “Everyone’s At It” and “Back to the Start” the more you start to hear the cheeky wit and sarcasm of a 22 year old girl who truly believes “It’s not Her, It’s You.”
On “He wasn’t there,” Lily may be giving her Dad a pass for emotionally abandoning her but every sweet line comes packed with an arrow slung which by the end has left her father thoroughly swisscheese’d. Someitmes it’s not even the lyrics that harbor her sarcasm. On “Back to the Start” when she sings about fixing things with her sister, she puts it to this ridiculous dance beat. Am I the only one that finds that completely hilarious? For most artists this would be ballad material, but Lily turns her plea for sisterly rebooting into the album’s most club friendly hook. Bizarre.
Not surprisingly many of the album’s best tracks are disses reserved for former lovers and admirers including a disco rodeo ode to a man who cant’ get her rocks off (“Not Fair,) a jaunty big top celebration of a friend with benefits who foolishly keeps plugging his love into lily’s dead socket (“Never Gonna Happen”) and a very special president for whom Lily saves her most ridiculous chorus yet (“Fuck You”). The latter song condemns Bush by calling him distasteful and making it sting more than all the swearing in the world. The power of prim and proper.
I also really like the song “Chinese,” which conjures images of a pop star dreaming about “a simple kind of life” in which she has “beans on toast and a nice cup of tea.” with a snuggable lover. It’s the bookend to the wannabe starlet of “The Fear.” Dreaming on both sides of the aisle.
Really, there’s not a “bad” track in the bunch. This week Amazon is selling the album digital download for $3.99. You can’t really beat that. Go get a copy, and help her push it to number one in the U.S. She’s literally begging you
Despite rumors that her live performances aren’t all that, I picked up tickets to see her at the Roseland in April. Anyone else going?