Monday, February 09, 2009
Put A Record On: Lily Allen Turns A New Page
February 9th, 2009 | London
Lily Allen has often made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Destined for fame as the daughter of high-profile parents actor/musician Keith Allen and filmmaker Alison Owen, the British pop star has become known for her loud, late-night behavior and for owing her initial success to the Internet. And yet, her new album, It's Not Me, It's You proves that Allen has grown into a musician who doesn't need paparazzi to make tomorrow's paper.
The singer's 2006 debut Alright may have given her hit singles and a chat show on British television, but her concentration seems to be exclusively back on the music. First single "The Fear" is a typical number with stripped-down and accessible electronic melodies over tongue-in-cheek lyrics: "I want loads of clothes and fuckloads of diamonds/I heard people die while trying to find them."
Allen's music appeals more to people with a bit of humor than those who are faint of heart. On the hilarious "Not Fair," Allen deals with the challenges of good sex, and most people can surely relate to her witty observations on relationships. At a recent London gig, Lily Allen described her old material "really juvenile," but that doesn't mean her new work is necessarily mature. It's Not Me, It's You is full of funny, honest and happy-go-lucky pop songs, which is just what the doctor ordered on a cold and windy winter day.
It's Not Me, It's You is out now. For more information, see www.myspace.com/lilymusic.