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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Like most British pop, Lily Allen's debut album, Alright, Still, overflows with impeccably shiny, creative productions. However, Allen attempts to set herself apart from the likes of Rachel Stevens, Natasha Bedingfield, and Girls Aloud with a cheeky, (mostly) amusing vindictive streak in her lyrics that belies the sugarcoated sounds around them. You know exactly what she means when she says her ex is "not big whatsoever" on "Not Big"; later, she revels in being the one that got away on "Shame for You." However, this nice-then-naughty approach is at its best on Alright, Still's singles, which open the album in a one-two-three punch. Another ex-boyfriend kiss-off, "Smile,"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Like most British pop, Lily Allen's debut album, Alright, Still, overflows with impeccably shiny, creative productions. However, Allen attempts to set herself apart from the likes of Rachel Stevens, Natasha Bedingfield, and Girls Aloud with a cheeky, (mostly) amusing vindictive streak in her lyrics that belies the sugarcoated sounds around them. You know exactly what she means when she says her ex is "not big whatsoever" on "Not Big"; later, she revels in being the one that got away on "Shame for You." However, this nice-then-naughty approach is at its best on Alright, Still's singles, which open the album in a one-two-three punch. Another ex-boyfriend kiss-off, "Smile," has a silky verse melody that just barely conceals her spite, which finally spills over on the chorus: "At first, when I see you cry/It makes me smile." But even here, Allen keeps her revenge sweet -- she sounds like she's singing about how ice cream or puppies or being in love makes her smile, which gives the song an extra sting. "Knock 'Em Out" is an even sassier, more stylized battle of the sexes than the Streets' "Fit But You Know It" (and could very well be the response from the girl in Mike Skinner's song). And "LDN" is a glorious summer confection, even if "it's all lies" underneath the Lord Kitchener sample and "sun is in the sky" chorus. Alright, Still's production and arrangements, courtesy of Greg Kurstin, Mark Ronson, and Futurecut, balance Allen's tart observations with a backdrop of pop-grime beats and freewheeling, feel-good ska that makes her sound playful and kittenish instead of just catty. While the album doesn't exactly go downhill after its opening salvo, it does lose some steam, particularly with "Take What You Take," a song that feels out of character with the rest of Alright, Still because it's uncharacteristically dull, and "Alfie," which falls especially flat as the album's final song. Allen softens her tough-girl pose more successfully on "Little Things," a ballad that celebrates the mundane moments of a dying relationship ("You'd take me out shopping and all we'd buy was trainers/As if we ever needed anything to entertain us") and "Everything's Just Wonderful," where "bureaucrats that won't give me a mortgage" are the targets of her ire instead of a previous (or soon-to-be previous) boyfriend. As with Nellie McKay (another young, opinionated woman eager to make herself the maverick in her chosen style of music), the dichotomy between Allen's sweet sound and ironic lyrics could be seen as either witty or clever-clever. Still, enough of Alright, Still works -- as pure pop and on the meta level Allen aims for -- to make the album a fun, summery fling, and maybe more.
The Independent - Andy Gill
Acknowledged as one of the signature sounds of the summer, Lily Allen's "Smile" is hard to dislike and hard to avoid.
The Guardian - Sophie Heawood
Allen is not so much hanging out her dirty laundry as rolling around in it, delighting in its filth, to a soundtrack of ska rhythms and lilting reggae tones.
Daily Telegraph - Michael Deacon
What unifies the songs is that each boasts an ebullient, sleeve-grabbing, instantly memorable vocal melody. Nothing low-key, long-winded, difficult. No filler.

Allen is not so much hanging out her dirty laundry as rolling around in it, delighting in its filth, to a soundtrack of ska rhythms and lilting reggae tones.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/1/2006
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 094636702827
  • Catalog Number: 367028
  • Sales rank: 96,659

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Smile (3:17)
  2. 2 Knock 'Em Out (2:53)
  3. 3 LDN (3:10)
  4. 4 Everything's Just Wonderful (3:28)
  5. 5 Not Big (3:16)
  6. 6 Friday Night (3:06)
  7. 7 Shame for You (4:06)
  8. 8 Littlest Things (3:02)
  9. 9 Take What You Take (4:06)
  10. 10 Friend of Mine (3:57)
  11. 11 Alfie (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lily Allen Primary Artist
John Ellis Keyboards
Paul Bryan Farr Guitar
Eddie "Tan Tan" Thornton Trumpet
John Waddington Bass
Clive Hunte Bass
Darren Lewis Percussion, Keyboards
Trevor Edwards Trombone
Mark Ronson Synthesizer, Percussion, Strings, Harp
Oliver Bayston Keyboards
Michael Lee Saxophone
Iyiola Babalola Percussion, Keyboards
Paul Powell Drums
Jonny Wimbolt Lewis Drums
Paul Farr Guitar
Michael Rose Saxophone
Mark Nicholls Guitar
Technical Credits
Earl King Composer
Duke Reid Composer
Marvin Isley Composer
O'Kelly Isley Composer
Ronald Isley Composer
Rudolph Isley Composer
Greg Kurstin Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Jackie Mittoo Composer
George Atkins Engineer
Pierre Bachelet Composer
Mike Pelanconi Engineer
Hervé Roy Composer
Pablo Cook Composer, Producer
Darren Lewis Composer, Producer, Engineer
Blair Mackichan Composer, Producer
Mark Ronson Composer, Producer, Engineer, beats
Santi White Composer
Lily Allen Composer
Iyiola Babalola Composer, Producer, Engineer
Darren Lewis Composer
Clement Dodd Composer
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