Lily Allen's "It's Not Me, It's You" makes me happy inside

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Lily Allen’s second attempt is like rainbows on a sunny day – the happiest of beats blast away as she lyrically tells those in her life (and in the world) to fuck off – literally.

Leaving the ska/reggae elements behind, many of the new Lily tracks take a more New Wave turn, with much more moogs and electronics thrown into the mix, as seen in the album opener “Everybody’s At It” (which by the way, is a tune about how everyone and their mother is on anti-depressants. “The kids are in danger / They’re all getting habits / Because from what I can see / Everyone’s at it.”)

Single, “The Fear” backs up the electronic feel to the album. A solid radio-friendly tune to charge the masses with. Video was posted here a while back.

My favorite song by far – “Fuck You” – a song dedicated to a certain U.S. president. You just have to hear it for yourselves:

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Fan-fucking-tastic, I say. From:

so you say it’s not okay to be gay
well I think you’re just evil
you’re just some racist who can’t tie my laces
you’re point of view is marked evil

To:

do you get, do you get a little kick out of being small-minded?
you want to be like your father
it’s approval you’re after
well that’s not how you’ll find it

…the tune is simply brilliant. And it’ll have you singing and skipping around all day as it refuses to leave your brainnnn.

In addition to these 3 faves, the rest of the album packs quite a punch as well. “Not Fair” takes a jab at a dude that never “made her scream” (similar to Alright, Still’s “Not Big”). Oh, and its set against a cowboy-southern backdrop that sounds like an old-school Clint Eastwood film.  “Never Gonna Happen” does the same with an Italian/accordian beat behind it. Both songs are superb.

I can rant and rave about this record all friggin’ day. The truth of the matter is that Lily Allen represents what Pop music should be: smart, original, and witty. Pop always takes a lot of heat – and it always will because most of it sucks. It completely boggles my mind that people (Americans) would rather still be listening to Britney Spears’ bullshit than Lily Allen’s well-crafted, original tunes. She’s got the attitude, she’s got the song-writing chops, and she delivers every time. I guess all she needs to make heads turn in our shallow society is skimpier clothing and a large snake. Sad.

LILY’S ON TOUR, TOO! Check her out at one of these fine establishments (if the table is too hard to read here, just go straight to her MySpace):

Apr 1 2009 8:00P
House of Blues San Diego, California
Apr 2 2009 8:00P
The Wiltern Los Angeles, California
Apr 4 2009 8:00P
The Warfield San Francisco, California
Apr 6 2009 8:00P
The Showbox SODO Seattle, Washington
Apr 8 2009 8:00P
The Venue Salt Lake City, Utah
Apr 9 2009 8:00P
Ogden Theater Denver, Colorado
Apr 11 2009 8:00P
First Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 12 2009 8:00P
Vic Theater Chicago, Illinois
Apr 13 2009 8:00P
St. Andrews Hall Detroit, Michigan
Apr 15 2009 8:00P
Variety Playhouse Atlanta, Georgia
Apr 17 2009 8:00P
9.30 Club Washington DC, Washington DC
Apr 18 2009 8:00P
Theater of the Living Arts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Apr 19 2009 8:00P
House Of Blues Boston, Massachusetts
Apr 20 2009 8:00P
Roseland New York, New York
Apr 22 2009 8:00P
Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, Ontario


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