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Lily Allen, Sheezus (Warner Bros Records)




Lily Allen, Sheezus (Warner Bros Records)
CD Reviews: May 22, 2014

05/22/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Lily Allen, Sheezus (Warner Bros Records)

Despite dismissing her own previous filler tunes as pop rubbish, Allen has filled her third full-length with exactly that. Of course, that’s what some people want, not that I know exactly who these “some people” are, myself — pliable American tweens, I assume, right? I remember when she came out of the gate — my email box looked like ground zero for a spamming contest between Lily and Katy — but that was quite a while ago, and, with everything she’s undergone (riches; demi-royalty status in her UK; a miscarriage and a run-in with the cops) I suppose I expected something a little deeper than one or two songs I could tolerate if they were playing on sports bar overheads (namely “L8 CMMR” and “Life for Me”) alongside a whole lot of scattershot girl-power psychobabble and ghetto-stoop ambiance that — I can’t help it — make me think of TLC, who were a lot better at that stuff. But the opening tune, the title track, tells you all you need to know, as she somewhat beef-ily name-checks Rihanna, Katy, Lorde and so on (“divide and rule” is chiseled in Latin on the album cover, wrestling fans). Bottom line, she was OK before, like a detached M.I.A., but now she’s trying too hard to break that US Top 40 Single ceiling that’s eluded her since (privileged) birth. Bummer part is that it’ll probably work this time. B-Eric W. Saeger

 






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