14 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lily Allen has always been one of pop’s most absorbingly forthright stars. But the singer herself now criticizes her third album, 2014’s Sheezus, for lacking that honesty, telling Vulture.com that she was “writing music for people’s expectations rather than for me.” Follow-up No Shame redresses the balance by reflecting on her recently revealed divorce, parenthood, and the celebrity lifestyle with startling candour. Cloaked in dancehall-mottled pop and emotive balladry, her lyrics remain pin-sharp, evoking the scrutiny and isolation of fame: “If you go on record, saying that you know me/Then why am I so lonely?/’Cause nobody f*cking phones me” (“Come On Then”). Lily’s clearly experienced difficult times, but they’ve helped inspire her most revealing album yet—and she still finds galvanizing energy in new love (“Pushing Up Daisies”) and the fight against the patriarchy (“Cake”).

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lily Allen has always been one of pop’s most absorbingly forthright stars. But the singer herself now criticizes her third album, 2014’s Sheezus, for lacking that honesty, telling Vulture.com that she was “writing music for people’s expectations rather than for me.” Follow-up No Shame redresses the balance by reflecting on her recently revealed divorce, parenthood, and the celebrity lifestyle with startling candour. Cloaked in dancehall-mottled pop and emotive balladry, her lyrics remain pin-sharp, evoking the scrutiny and isolation of fame: “If you go on record, saying that you know me/Then why am I so lonely?/’Cause nobody f*cking phones me” (“Come On Then”). Lily’s clearly experienced difficult times, but they’ve helped inspire her most revealing album yet—and she still finds galvanizing energy in new love (“Pushing Up Daisies”) and the fight against the patriarchy (“Cake”).

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
96 Ratings

96 Ratings

たけみ🍟 ,

SHE’S BACK!

I’d like to say how happy I am we’re finally witnessing another Lily Allen era! It seems this is one of her most personal records yet. I’ve been a fan for such a long time and I can’t wait to hear the final product. Love you Lily! May you have a very successful record, era, and future.

Fernando Angon ,

Lily Allen is back!

Although I enjoyed Sheezus and the message it conveyed, I did miss this type of music that are nods to her previous body of work. Thank you Lily for sharing your talent with us.

PSU 2007 & 2013 ,

What happened to the Original Lily Allen?

What happened to Lily Allen? The beginning when she first started her albums were good. Her second album was the best and then...... it all went to garbage..... sad to see this album taking the same path as the last one.... just a mess. “Three” has some potential but the other two songs are just no good. Still hope for the rest of the album. I used to be a huge fan and now.... I can’t even get through a song without turning it off.

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