By Jeremy Grand
Don't be fooled by Brit-pop princess Lily Allen's cuteness; there's more bite than you think. Allen's debut album Alright Still may, at first, come off as a pop delight, but it is really an exercise in cynicism disguised as such.
It starts off with the cute little ditty "Smile," but keep listening, and do listen to the lyrics; if you don't, you will be missing out on a whole lot of snickers.
There's "Knock 'Em Out," a song pretty much dedicated to the art of rejection at a drunken nightlife bar scene. Then there's "Alfie," which describes her utter irritation with her pot smoking, little bastard of a brother (which has a great music video accompaniment with a puppet playing the part of Alfie).
The CD also has the absolutely hilarious spoof of 50 Cent's "Window Shopper," called "Nan You're a Window Shopper," where she sings about her little old grandmother's obsessions with Bingo, her fears of kids in hoods, her colostomy bag and, of course, window shopping.
Allen's songwriting style is unique, very often funny, but not over the top, and subtle enough to have her taken seriously as a musician. The musical style is often reggae, sometimes dancy, sometimes reminiscent of a female version of the Streets, but always light and easy to listen to. With her, everything is just wonderful.
Published May 13, 2008
Perpetual Toxins © 2006-2012. All rights reserved.