11 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Don’t be fooled by Lily Allen’s charming, pixie voice and singsong delivery — this gal’s a firecracker. Armed with a razor wit and a sailor’s vocabulary, she delivers biting lyrics and humorous insults with attitude and sass, and revels in playing the jaded, cynical girl. Jammed with catchy hooks and clever samples, some of these songs are positively addictive, in particular three infectious slices of ska-soaked pop: “Smile” gleefully mocks the tears of an ex-boyfriend; “LDN” details a stroll through the seedier streets of London amidst a host of criminals and other social deviants; and “Not Big” is a lengthy putdown about a former lover’s shortcomings. Another standout is “Knock ‘Em Out,” a hilarious take about having to endure unwanted advances at a club that makes brilliant use of a rolling Professor Longhair piano lick. Blatantly irreverent and snotty, Allen clearly loves mixing barbs with her beats and it’s nearly impossible not to laugh along with her.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Don’t be fooled by Lily Allen’s charming, pixie voice and singsong delivery — this gal’s a firecracker. Armed with a razor wit and a sailor’s vocabulary, she delivers biting lyrics and humorous insults with attitude and sass, and revels in playing the jaded, cynical girl. Jammed with catchy hooks and clever samples, some of these songs are positively addictive, in particular three infectious slices of ska-soaked pop: “Smile” gleefully mocks the tears of an ex-boyfriend; “LDN” details a stroll through the seedier streets of London amidst a host of criminals and other social deviants; and “Not Big” is a lengthy putdown about a former lover’s shortcomings. Another standout is “Knock ‘Em Out,” a hilarious take about having to endure unwanted advances at a club that makes brilliant use of a rolling Professor Longhair piano lick. Blatantly irreverent and snotty, Allen clearly loves mixing barbs with her beats and it’s nearly impossible not to laugh along with her.

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