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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...
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Editorial Reviews

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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.

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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/2007
  • Label: Wb / Parlophone
  • UPC: 094637546628
  • Catalog Number: 754667
  • Sales rank: 30,850

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 (2:58)
  13. 13 Smile (5:44)
  14. 14 [CD-ROM Track]
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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
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
Santi White Composer
Gabriel Roth Engineer
Lily Allen Composer
Iyiola Babalola Composer, Producer, Engineer
Darren Lewis Composer
Clement Dodd Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great album

    Truly enjoy this album. The songs are written and felt. Lily does a fantastic job on each track.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Insanely awesome!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i love her

    the entire album is great and thats really hard to come by

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Fresh Surprise!

    Wonderful, Fresh, and will have you dancing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lily Allen is the GREATEST

    I ADORE LILY! She is witty and a great singer! Everyone BUY her cd!

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