Alright, Still [Clean Lyrics]

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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 make 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 the similarly flat"Alfie." 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. [A clean version of the album was released in 2007.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/2007
  • Label: Wb / Parlophone
  • UPC: 094637966129
  • Catalog Number: 796615
  • Sales rank: 116,987

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 (2:45)
  12. 12 Nan You're a Window Shopper (2:50)
  13. 13 Smile (5:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lily Allen Primary Artist
John Ellis Keyboards
Paul Bryan Farr Guitar
Greg Kurstin Musician
Eddie "Tan Tan" Thornton Trumpet
John Waddington Bass
Victor Axelrod Piano
Clive Hunte Bass
Darren Lewis Percussion, Keyboards
Trevor Edwards Trombone
Neal Sugarman Tenor Saxophone
Mark Ronson Synthesizer, Percussion, Glockenspiel, Harp
Gabriel Roth Bass
Oliver Bayston Keyboards
Michael Lee Saxophone
Binky Griptite Guitar
Homer Steinweiss Drums
Iyiola Babalola Percussion, Keyboards
Paul Powell Drums
Jonny Wimbolt Lewis Drums
Technical Credits
Earl King Composer
Duke Reid Composer
Tim Burrell Mastering
Marvin Isley Composer
O'Kelly Isley Composer
Ronald Isley Composer
Rudolph Isley Composer
Greg Kurstin Composer, Producer, Engineer
Jackie Mittoo Composer
Robert Smith Engineer
George Atkins Engineer
Pierre Bachelet Composer
Mike Pelanconi Producer, Engineer
Hervé Roy Composer
Pablo Cook Composer, Producer
Darren Lewis Composer, Producer, Engineer
Blair Mackichan Composer, Producer
D. Richard Lewis Producer
Tim Debney Mastering
Mark Ronson Composer, Producer, Engineer, Remixing, beats
I. Babalola Producer
Santi White Composer
Gabriel Roth Engineer
Lily Allen Composer
Iyiola Babalola Composer, Producer, Engineer
Darren Lewis Composer
Clement Dodd Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantasical

    This album is different and fun. Lily's sharp tongue and fun attitude make for amazing lyrics. It is a great party album and you would listen to it non stop!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Different and sassy!!

    ...I just love listening to this CD in my car, it just makes me wanna dance I like the rythm, though the lyrics are silly but they are cute!ha,ha!

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