Alright, Still

Alright, Still

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by Lily Allen
     
 

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Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
You probably don't want to get on the bad side of Lily Allen. Her engaging debut is loaded with breezy melodies and danceable grooves -- but when she starts to sing, it becomes apparent this young Londoner has a razor wit and an even sharper tongue. Take "Smile," which opens Alright, Still. With its Jackie Mittoo sample giving it a cheery ska backbeat, "Smile" is a perfect Summer Single -- but it also serves as a vicious put-down of a former lover: "At first, when I see you cry, it makes me smile." Allen digs the knife in deeper, cutting where it really hurts on the funny and equally catchy "Not Big." It's not all about him, though, as Alright, Still plays out like a day in the life of a young, single urbanite. "LDN" (text message lingo for "London") is a look at her hometown set to another infectious backing track; she worries about credit ratings and weight issues on "Everything's Just Wonderful" and puts up with her slacker little brother on "Alfie." Nearly every song on Alright, Still could be released as a single -- "Smile," "LDN," and the ballad "The Littlest Things" were all U.K. hits -- making this one of the most enjoyable debuts in quite a while. And at only 21, Lily Allen's got quite a future ahead of her.
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 U.S. version of Alright, Still includes a remix of "Smile" and the 50 Cent parody "Nan You're a Window Shopper" as well as U-MYX software, which allows listeners to make their own remixes of "Smile" and "Knock 'Em Out" -- not an essential addition, but a surprisingly fun one nonetheless.]
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2007
Label:
Wb / Parlophone
UPC:
0094637546628
catalogNumber:
754667

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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,Strings,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
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
Mark Ronson   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Remixing,beats
Santi White   Composer
Gabriel Roth   Engineer
Lily Allen   Composer
Iyiola Babalola   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Darren Lewis   Composer
Clement Dodd   Composer

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Alright, Still 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I ADORE LILY! She is witty and a great singer! Everyone BUY her cd!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lily Allen's cd is incredible! Quite possibly the best cd I've ever listened to. It's upbeat, fun and some spunky lrics to boot!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, Fresh, and will have you dancing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
people should seriously give this girl more credit than they already due cuz these song are pure genius! i've never heard anything like smile and i'm suprised i liked alfie cuz of its catchy almost barney like style. watever. i can't believe anybody not liking lily allen and her debut album cuz i don't think anyone has made such a great debut album since garbage...and i'm sure other people's too but i can't name em all right. yada yada yada...anyways get lily's cd. recommended by the lovely ms sammy~shire aka shame~shame...BUY IT or DEAL WITH ME
Guest More than 1 year ago
the entire album is great and thats really hard to come by
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say for people who decide to purchase the album it is to your best interest to sample it before getting it. Some of the tracks of course like Smile and LDN are the best on the album. Other than that there are really no notably tracks that are venerable so be open minded about this album.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lily Allen scores a home run with Alright, Still. It's catchy, melodic, twisted, quick witted, and altogether awesomely enjoyable and cohesive. I heard her song Smile on the radio, and I've been hooked ever since. She's a sultry Brit Princess that combines so many different styles of music, that she creates a genre all her own!
Eilyk More than 1 year ago
Truly enjoy this album. The songs are written and felt. Lily does a fantastic job on each track.
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