After dabbling with a name change (and back again) and a chart wrecking Christmas cover of Somewhere Only We Know, Lily Allen is perfectly placed for her comeback. Or ‘mumback’ as she once threatened, though Sheezus is a thoroughly adult pop album.
She sings on the opening title track, “lace up my gloves, I’m going in / don’t like my kids watching when I get in the ring” setting herself up as the pop boxer ready for all the comparisons, with a hilarious lyrical detour into periods. You can almost hear her laughing at her own witticisms in between the verses. It sets the sarcastic tone as Lily rallies round describing the feisty girls fighting at the front line of pop, before she sets her eyes on the many other targets.
Potential man stealers are addressed on L8 CMMR – an autotuned and defensive ode to her man, which is just one of several tracks that go into detail about her satisfying love life. When she’s not loved up, she’s addressing her ‘haters’, nowhere more effectively than on URL Badman tackling a whiteboy online critic, calling him out as a “keyboard warrior that can’t spell”. She manages to beat the critics with the same stick they’re aiming to protect from the supposedly evil effect of pop music, with some heavily ironic dubstep wobbles. What Allen does so well is to take timely, zeitgeisty topics and tear them apart while weaving them into hook-laden pop songs. Her trademark cute vocals perfectly compliment her knack for playground melodies, and add hummable refrains to her otherwise vicious tongue.
It could be down to the comfort she’s found in her own skin, taking that well earned break from music and having kids or it could be down to working with her long time collaborator and producer Greg Kurstin, a god-like figure himself in the pop world. He’s had a hand in hits by Sia, Kelly Clarkson, Ellie Goulding and is part of the alt-pop group The Bird And The Bee. Whatever the reason behind her winning formula though, Lily is out to reclaim her crown. And she’s snatched it back with gloriously Allen-esque electro pop aplomb.
Bob Henderson AKA @bobchicalors
Maxell Music Monday Competition
As part of our Music Monday’s, we want to give you a pair of fantastic M by Maxell in-ear headphones, as well as a copy of Lily Allen’s – Sheezus. Sadly we can’t afford to give that to everybody, so we have to choose a lucky winner. To enter the competition, just follow these steps.
Step Two – Find out the model number of the M by Maxell headphones that sport balanced armature technology (follow the link for the answer).
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Step four – Sit back, relax and wait for us to pull your name out of the tombola. The competition is open until June 2nd, and we’ll let the winner know by June 4th.