Lily Allen – Sheezus

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Sheezus! Lily’s back at it with a brand new album that is bursting at the seams with pop goodness.

It probably seems like fooooorever since Lily has popped out a record, let alone a single and with good reason; she’s been off getting married and popping out a couple of kids in her five year hiatus. That time off however has seen the pop market change with a new crop of young artists coming up, like Lorde and Ariana Grande, and has seen the women she started off battling early in her career, like Rihanna and Katy Perry, go on and carve themselves a strong niche in the market.

Sheezus is chockers with Lily’s typical brand of pop with piercing lyrics set against infectious pop with a very clear influence of dance hall and hip-hop beats. The album on the whole is a nice way to spend an hour, but unlike her previous albums there doesn’t seem to be a clear message she’s trying to get across. Songs like “22” or “The Fear” were biting pieces of social commentary that touched on things like rampant consumerism and the way the media attack women. Sheezus just seems to be Lily trying to hit on those topics and more but never really nailing it. That being said though, the album does have its moments, in particular “URL Badman” which hits out at keyboard warriors.

All in all the album is a solid entrance back in to the pop world for Lily but it doesn’t quite hit the massive lyrical highs of her first two albums – long term fans won’t be disappointed as long as they go into the album without massively huge expectations (like me… oops!!). For new fans, it is a really nice and fun pop album that is filled with catchy beats and lyrics that will make you laugh and think in equal measure.

THE BREAKDOWN:

Hometown: London, England
Latest album: Sheezus, released 5 May, 2014.
Sounds like: Lorde, Sky Ferreira,
Say what? Lily’s brother Alfie plays Theon Greyjoy in Game of Thrones and the producers apparently thought it would be a good idea to offer Lily the role of his lover… ewww!

Later, skater – Casey

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