Lily Allen – Alright, Still

$10.00

Producers: Future Cut, Greg Kurstin, Mark Ronson, Pablo Cook, Blair MacKichan

Key Tracks: “Smile,” “LDN,” “Knock ’em Out,” “Alfie,” “Littlest Things”
Release date: 2007 (USA)
Label: Capitol/Empire
Catalog#: CDP 0946 3 75466 2 8 (Explicit version)

Condition: disc = Very Good ; jewel case = Very Good

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Description

The Skinny: I’m glad Ms. Allen is not my ex-GF, but I kinda dig her 3rd-wave ska, teen-dance-club grooves. “Smile” was the lead single, but she’s only begun with the sick burns on that track. Keep listening, because this is what your super-cool, witty & charming significant other will say about you when you’re exes. (I want to hear Lilly read that last line…)

Sounds like: Specials, No Doubt, English Beat, Dido, Arctic Monkeys, Peter Tosh, Liz Phair, Adam Ant

Deeper ThoughtsAlright, Still… will not stop until you have been charmed by its wit and lady’s room dishing. The irony is thick and cheeky, and the potty mouth oh-so-naughty on this “explicit edition.” Lilly Allen was the poster girl for MySpace, and as far as I know she’s still a sexy, bitchy, plucky, relentlessly British purveyor of London street pop. On this disc, it’s all about conversational rapping over attention-deficit backing tracks — and anyone is liable to be stabbed by the fork in her tongue. These songs will stick in your teeth like Laffy Taffy with four charting singles: “Smile” (US #49), “LDN” (UK #6), “Littlest Things” (UK #21), and “Alfie” (UK #15). A perfect jukebox filler.

The Sonics: Listening to the disc was not much more satisfying than the streaming ear-bud experience. Not surprising since many of these tracks got their initial exposure streaming on MySpace. This track-based project featuring multiple producers feels like a remix collection and lacks a unified sonic character. There is a lot of variation, depending on who’s sitting in the control room. The whole thing is pretty bubble-gum with some fun sounds and lots of winks to the sonic tradition of Jamaican reggae and ska. Tons of reverb on the guitars. Bass is a bit too punchy at times and tended to fuzz out on my car stereo. In fact, the record was cited in several publications as a prime offender in the “loudness wars.” The mixes are more enjoyable on head phones, because there is a lot going on here.

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