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It's Not Me, It's You by Lily Allen

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Reviewed on 2nd February 2009.


It's Not Me, It's You

By Lily Allen

Before the release of her latest single, 'The Fear,' it would have been easy to forget Lily's debut album due to massive media attention focusing on her attitude towards drugs and sex. We forget how 2006's 'Alright, Still,' led by debut single 'Smile,' was the soundtrack to that summer. Her delightful reggae infused pop, combined with clever and witty lyrics, not to mention fantastic production from Mr Ronson, was refreshing amid the chaos of teenage indie bands.

'It's Not Me, It's You' shows a clear change of sound for Lily, evident in her choice not to use Ronson as main producer. Musically, it's far more electro than her debut, more keyboards and synths than guitar and drums, though still bass heavy.

Lyrically, it's a definite improvement as well. Despite 'Alright, Still' not being without it's lyrical highlights, 'INMIY' shows Lily having grown up, and while the lyrics follow the same pattern of witty gibes at society, they are far more focused and educated.

This album contains everything. From epic social commentaries about drugs ('Everyone's At It,') celebrity culture ('The Fear') and racists ('Fuck You') among other topics, to beautiful tracks about love ('Chinese,') family ('Back To The Start') and the advantages of being single ('I Could Say,') all topped off with the fantastically witty and genuinely funny ('Not Fair.')

Pop perfection in just over 40 minutes.

Best tracks:
I Could Say
Who'd Have Known



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