Lily Allen


Rating: NNN

There’s a vicious rumour going around that Lily Allen didn’t have anything to do with the music on her latest release, but listen closely for the distinctive plink of the glockenspiel on the song Back To The Start – that’s Allen, according to the tiny print in the sleeve credits.


Of course, all the guitars, keyboards, programming and just about everything else you’ll hear that’s not Allen’s coy voice on the aptly titled It’s Not Me, It’s You is contributed by the album’s producer and engineer, Greg Kurstin (of the Bird and the Bee, see below), who also co-writes all of Allen’s songs.

Some might argue that that makes her nothing more than a potty-mouthed Natasha Bedingfield, and that’s not totally unreasonable. Yet something needs to be said for Allen’s ability to make cursing seem cute, and tunes about giving head sound charming. Whether she’ll try playing some triangle on the next album has yet to be confirmed.

Top track: Not Fair

Lily Allen plays the Phoenix April 22.



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