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Album Review: Lily Allen’s ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’

British pop star Lily Allen has done it again – no, not another paparazzi-filled night out, but a sophomore album release.

This time around the lyrics remain explicit but are cleaned up nicely to fill in the blanks. They are still risqué and unfriendly for easily offended individuals. Yet, the level of maturity in topic is noticeable in comparison to Allen’s introductory album, Alright, Still.

Allen’s freshman album was a combination of ex-boyfriend attacks, a dark sense of humor, heartbreak, dealing with a lazy brother who smokes too much and sex. So how does she go from risqué to even better and riskier? Allen does not seem to have much trouble completing this task. “I’ll take my clothes off and it will be shameless, ‘cause everyone knows that’s howyou get famous,” – Allen’s lyrics to “The Fear” her first single off It’s Not Me, It’s You, set the tone for her second album.

The album has a more personal insight of who Lily Allen actually is. She still gives her listeners the sarcasm and rebellious attitude with appealing lyrics such as, “But you and I have come to our end. Believe me when I tell you that I never wanna see you again. And please can you stop calling cause it’s getting really boring,” found in track number seven titled, “Never Gonna Happen.”

It is obvious that the petite lady known for her door-knocker earrings comes off as a very self-assured artist. If by chance the confidence is lacking, it’s difficult to see through the show she’s putting on – you would be too distracted by her unique style and lyrical freedom. Allen’s new album does not take the listeners through a standard trip down memory lane or a predictable girlie love-and-heartbreak album. Instead she hits controversial topics such as politics and religion.

But of course the album is not too serious to bore you she also throws in a song about Chinese take-out with TV watching, a small dosage of love lyrics that can’t be measured tremendously, but only in “Who’d Have Known.” She also moves onto the topic of family matters, some about her brother, some reaching out to her father.

Love or hate Ms. Allen, she probably wouldn’t care either way as long as she is doing what she does best and that’s to create her own music.From Britain? Yes. Funk swagger? Yes. I’m sure we can make space for her in the United States – maybe even demote Amy Winehouse who seems to have gone M.I.A. or simply gotten stuck in rehab and let a new British native take the throne.

Capitol Records

-Ariana Valentin, Asst. News