Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You

January 01, 1970

(Capitol)

 

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Since her dub-laden,
bounce-along debut, Lily Allen has traded barbs with just about everyone, feuding
her way into tabloid stardom. So it was only a matter of time before she
delivered the self-reflective, morning after album, sorting through the
controversy and substance abuse that made it all so hazy. It’s just a shame
that that album had to come so soon, because it may have sucked the
inventiveness out of her. That and producer Greg Kurstin’s lifeless production.
Gimme Mark Ronson’s beefed up drums and thumping bass any day over the crystallized
pop-techno Kurstin peddles here-much the same as with his equally lackluster
Bird and The Bee.

 

The template for success as
envisioned by Kurstin and Allen is repeated back to back on openers “Everyone’s
At It” and “The Fear”.  Step 1. Take a
look at yourself in the mirror and cleverly dish on all the things you would
proudly change or adamantly defend; Step 2. Imagine what Madonna’s producer
would do, thus cheekily subverting the glossed out pop perfection with
anti-pop/ironically pro-pop messages. And that makes for a catchy damn song… once
or twice. Somehow it unravels because while Allen would maintain her mission
for popularity, it’s clear she’s aware of the marionette strings and looks down
on it all. In the end, it’s just not fun enough to make it worth wrapping your
head around.

 

Standout Tracks: “The
Fear,” “Everyone’s At It” ZACHARY BLOOM

 

 

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