Title - 'Sheezus' (Parlophone / CRight)
Artist - Lily Allen
Well, and in truth, after five long years and an ever-growing list of controversies, Lily Allen's conversation-starting Sheezusfinally here!
Her third long player (as they used to say), Sheezus is renowned now for being the "better half" to Kayne West's recently-released Yeezus. Although not proclaimed to be therein, with Allen having bounced onto the scene like a cartoon bomb back in 2006 this new album is a musical game changer for her; regardless.
The first track is also the title track, ‘Sheezus,’ which immediately sets out to take control of the musical content we’re about to hear - by squeezing the music industry around the neck! Here she berates the industry, blaming it on her period thereafter, and has time to name drop (and not always for the best) Queen B, Katy Perry, Lady GaGa, Lorde and more. Simply put, she wants to lead the way, lead the pack: She wants to be Sheezus! The tone rises somewhat - especially in the opening bars - for ‘L8 CMMR,’ which means “Late Comer” in text speak! A bouncy bit of pop fluff it’s pure Lily Allen throughout and is backed by the album filler ‘Air Balloon.’
Up next is the romantic melody ‘Our Time,’ a track that you can see being sung at an arena, darkened save for cigarette lighters and swaying young arms. The gently pop sway of ‘Insincerely Yours’ makes up for the recent album filler ten fold, and puts Allen back on top of her game. It’s chock full of profound quips, sure, but the way she says such words is truly endearing in this context; nothing else. The heartfelt upbeat “ballad” of ‘Take My Place’ is followed by the fun hay barneqsque dance fest of ‘As Long As I Got You.’ A real treat to discover on this new album, it is yet another massive reason why Allen stands head and shoulders above others of her female musical ilk.
The beautiful ‘Close Your Eyes’ is next with ‘URL Badman’ coming next. A track that begins with a quick spoken-word intro, the song mixes and matches various musical styles, whilst Allen freestyles in fine form as a young computer-literate male (“I don’t like girls much, I think that they’re silly. Unless, of course they want to play with my willy!”) A tale of rich folk in their huge rich houses is next in ’Silver Spoons,’ with the beach hip-swaying vibe of ’Life For Me’ along behind it.
Up next is the debut single from the album (in the UK) ’Hard Out Here,’ a track that seems to have an anthemia stance to it, let alone a musical life of its own! A soon-to-be dance floor smash for sure, there is simply just no way this song could fail to hit #1 on the UK Pop Charts! Some backwards speech combined with a woodpeckerish repetitive knocking sound is actually the track known simply as ’Interlude,’ with the last song on the album, the piano-fused Keane cover of ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ bringing everything to a magnificent close.