Lily Allen – Sheezus
After a hiatus from the world of music, Lily Allen is back. Her newest offering, Sheezus, has lost none of her wit and relevance, including tracks about the social scourge of internet trolls, the objectification of women in the media, and classism. In fact, if anything, she seems to have returned with a vengeance. Disclaimer: this album is not for those who want a generic melody stapled to some verbal mush. Although catchy and upbeat, Allen’s lyrics strike a blunt edge through her poppy sound: not for the musically brain dead.
Including singles Air Balloon, Hard Out Here, L8 CMMR and Sheezus, the album is not short of Allen’s trademark vocals and pop sound, but this time with more of an electronic edge, which really serves to complement the biting lyrics. As a whole it works well as a record, blending personal and genuine inspiration with social commentary, without becoming a concept album. The second half seemed somewhat stronger than the first (but perhaps this is where the reviewer’s penchant for social relevance and wit came into play), but that isn’t to say it wasn’t necessary.
With tracks like URL Badman, Silver Spoon and Insincerely Yours it’s hard to miss the biting attitude of Sheezus (and yet many have). There are one or two tracks like Close Your Eyes that could have done with an ounce more raunch, but you can’t have everything, and frankly it’s a small compromise for the likes of Wind Your Neck In (which seems sorely overlooked as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of the album).
It is a shame that many seem to have somewhat missed the point of this album, but you can’t please everyone, and Allen certainly isn’t one to be phased by that. Sheezus proved to be an impressive return to music, and maintained a great sense of dignity and integrity, which is rare in such an industry. Greatly recommended to those who appreciate a bit of substance with their carbonated pop. Check the bubblegum for razor blades.
Sheezus was released on 2nd May 2014. For further information or to order the album visit Lily Allen’s website here.
Watch the video for Sheezus here: