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It's Not Me, It's You
     

It's Not Me, It's You

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by Lily Allen
 

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At the height of Pulp's fame, Jarvis Cocker channeled all his existential dread about celebrity into a chilling epic called "The Fear." Ten years later, Lily Allen -- the funniest British pop star since Jarvis and perhaps the best -- uses the same title to explore paralyzing fame, but instead of turning inward, Lily deflects, pushing all her

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At the height of Pulp's fame, Jarvis Cocker channeled all his existential dread about celebrity into a chilling epic called "The Fear." Ten years later, Lily Allen -- the funniest British pop star since Jarvis and perhaps the best -- uses the same title to explore paralyzing fame, but instead of turning inward, Lily deflects, pushing all her anxiety into a Paris Hilton wannabe, a "weapon of massive consumption" that we know isn't Lily herself because this girl "doesn't care about clever." Lily, of course, cares very, very much about clever: it's how she defines herself as an artist and as a persona. Her quips are precise in her lyrics and savage in public, as evidenced when she drunkenly baited her co-presenter Elton John at a British awards show. Such displays tend to obscure her considerable skills as a storyteller, a gift that also gets buried beneath tabloid headlines that place her among pop tarts and princesses. Lily is attracted and repelled by fame, adoring the limelight but neither the company or how it forces personal problems to the forefront, and all these contradictions fuel her second album, It's Not Me, It's You. Like many a bright pop star before her, Allen is feeling a little bit older than her 23 years, knowing that the landscape of her life is changing, and she's dreading her 30s, which still feel very far away. Lily doesn't state this outright, of course: she puts it into the character sketch of "22," just like how she deals with the blizzard of cocaine and pills on "Everyone's at It," registering her sneering disdain for a social scene she's outgrowing yet not quite ready to leave behind. Far from being a crutch, this narrative distancing is Lily's strength: unlike so many of her too-sensitive peers, she doesn't indiscriminately spill emotions onto the page, she picks her targets, choosing to reveal personal secrets we already know -- tellingly, she never addresses her 2008 miscarriage, but happily serves up her dysfunctional relationships with her parents, something that has provided endless column inches in gossip rags. If there's an element of Lily picking low-hanging fruit here and on "The Fear" and on the George W. Bush kiss-off "F*** You" -- or even "Not Fair," a cousin to "Not Big," where Allen laments a lover who is perfect in every way except his inability to make her scream -- the key to any story is how it's told, and telling is Lily's strength, how she ferrets out bypassed details or delivers a well-worn punchline. It's Not Me pushes this talent to the forefront, in part because she works with only one collaborator here: Greg Kurstin, half of the Bird and the Bee and responsible for several cuts on Alright, Still but not the big hits "Smile" and "LDN," which were produced by Mark Ronson. Without Ronson, Lily isn't quite so glitzy or glammy, she even flirts with adult pop without succumbing to tedium. Kurstin doesn't avoid pop hooks or cheeky camp -- "F*** You" galumphs by on a two-step, "He Wasn't There" is music hall pastiche, and "Never Gonna Happen" gives Lily plenty of room to be coyly disingenuous -- but It's Not Me, It's You streamlines Allen's eccentricities and bad habits, holding together in a way the gloriously messy Alright, Still never quite managed. There's a slight drawback to this cohesion -- It's Not Me never hits heights as blinding as "Smile" or "LDN" -- but this approach does wind up spotlighting just how special a pop star Lily Allen is, how she captures all that's wretched and glorious about her time without falling into any of its traps, probably because she's clever enough to avoid them in the first place.

Editorial Reviews

Billboard - Mikael Wood
Allen is probably better (and funnier) detailing her disdain for the party scene than she was describing her love of it.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/2009
Label:
Wb / Parlophone
UPC:
0603497914159
catalogNumber:
791415
Rank:
13849

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It's Not Me, It's You 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
InsaneCrazedJuggalo More than 1 year ago
lily allen has talent shes cool shes sexy shes hott plus she has a very sexy singing voice every girl wants to be like katy perry and lily allen this is lily allens best work lily allen and katy perry forever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is lily allen at her best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ofer More than 1 year ago
lily allen is number 1 anf this album is her best !
BrandyAlexanderAP More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best cds I've ever listened to Lily Allen Rock This only her 8th Album this is the beginning of her carrer Lily is one the best british artist I've ever Heard My favorite song on this album hands down would have to be Fuk You. buy this Album you won't be disapointed if you have an ipod download this albun to your ipod.
Snaboo More than 1 year ago
Lily's got a great voice and feeling for the music. I like a few of the songs, but after a while it all sounds the same. All she seems to sing about is failed relationships. Find some new themes to sing about, Lily!
Peetie More than 1 year ago
If you liked "Alright, Still" get on yer bike and buy "It's Not Me, It's You". I found that I could not stop playing "Alright, Still" and "It's Not Me, It's You" is having the same effect. The first album made me smile more than this one but this is very good listening. I liked the overall sound of'Everyone's At It' but love 'F U' and 'Chinese'. Recommended to you all who read reviews - Brit Pop still has energy, vibrancy and the ability to surprise!
Dareth More than 1 year ago
Different but similiar
wigglesquiggle More than 1 year ago
I first heard Lilly Allen sing her hit song Smile. I like that song, but when I first heard the fear I knew I had to have her CD and I wasn't dissapointed! This is a great CD!
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