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It's Not Me, It's You, is the follow-up to Lily Allen's critically acclaimed 2007 debut, Alright, Still. The album finds Lily in top form, creating a record Blender's recent "In The Studio" feature described as "part God, part country and all middle finger." Allen wrote and recorded the album's 12 songs with producer Greg Kurstin (the bird and the bee), who worked with her on three songs for Alright, Still - "Everything's Just Wonderful," "Alfie" and "Not Big."

On It's Not Me, It's You, Lily's characteristically sharp observations find expression in a variety of musical styles, with influences ranging from the Jazz Era to country and western to dance music. "Highlights include `Everyone's at It,' a synth-pop song about prescription drugs that features Allen on xylophone; `He Wasn't There,' which matches emotional lyrics about her absent father to a jazz groove; and `Not Fair,' a saucy country song about an inadequate lover," said Rolling Stone.

"We decided to try and make bigger sounding, more ethereal songs, real songs," says Lily, who will be touring the U.S. in the spring. "I wanted to work with one person from start to finish to make it one body of work. I wanted it to feel like it had some sort of integrity. I think I've grown up a bit as a person and I hope it reflects that."

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wb / Parlophone
  • ASIN: B001OD6HNG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,702 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I really disliked Lily's debut CD as I found it too cutesy for my own liking, and it was even more bewildering when publications like Spin and Blender started giving her four star reviews - it just didn't make sense. But recently, during a first spin of "The Fear", it was evident that the songstress has a certain something that transcends genre and musical definition, and curious as I was, I made it a point to pick up this album.

There are a couple of things to remember while listening to Lily Allen. She is not really a 'singer' in the true sense of the word. She sort of lazily recites words, almost reading them off a page, but her quaint intonation gives them great depth (I am reminded here of Nellie McKay and her epic double-CD "Get Away from Me"). She has this very British quality that brings to mind Leona Naess, and to a lesser extent Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes.

But its on the melodies and the lyrics that Lily really shines. Her own little view of the world, and primarily of her own self-worth is brought out beautifully through the course of the album - which also works as a 'concept' album in many ways. "The Fear" refers to various things - one could relate the lyrics to consumerism and politics and it would still make sense - but she brings down the house with her quiet burner "Chinese", which is essentially about staying in and eating food, but she spins it as some sort of allegorical tale.

What I especially respect about this album and its production is the fact that you can hear Lily enunciate every word clearly, rendering a lyrics sheet redundant. This is especially rare. The only other performer like this is Fiona Apple, and to a lesser extent Suzanne Vega, but Lily is clearly master of the medium. How great to listen to a song and 'get' every word.
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Overall Grade: B+
Hilights: Everyone's At It, The Fear, Not Fair, Never Gonna Happen, F*** You, Chinese

Lily Allen is back, and still shameless. "It's Not Me, It's You" is a brilliant sophomore record that combines silly romantics and societal views with her usual brutal honesty and cynicism. While upbeat, fun, and slightly intoxicating, Allen's focus has shifted into a bit of broader and more serious thinking (as evident in the album's opening track, "Everyone's At It"). Still, she could care less what anybody thinks. "F*** You" is a whimsical biggot basher and "Chinese" is just too cute! Fans of her first album should eat this right up.
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Then 21 yr old shot out of nowhere in 2006 with her delicious debut album "Alright, Then" in the UK, with multiple hit singles. After much delay (to the dismay of Lily Allen), the second album finally arrived in early 2009.

"It's Not Me, It's You" (12 tracks; 43 min.) starts of with a riveting "Everyone's At It" (my favorite song on the album, actually). It is followed by an equally great "The Fear" (1st UK single), and "Not Fair" (2nd UK single, not an obvious choice from my perspective as there are other stronger tracks). Other highlights include a rocking "Never Gonna Happen" (which sounds like another single to me), "Who'd Have Known" (one of the few pensive tunes on the album, but quite beautiful actually), and the closer "He Wasn't There".

In all, this is a great album, and at 43 min. it clips along in no time. Lily Allen surely is not a one-album wonder, if anyone had such thoughts after her debut album. Highly recommended!
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You wont be disappointed. As usual its a mixture of songs that will make you laugh, bob your head to, dance to, and look around to see if anyone can hear the lyrics outloud your singing...because a few of them will make some eyebrows raise!
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I am new to the art of Lily Allen. I just discovered her a month ago, but have fallen into her grip more than any other artist has been able to do for a long time. This CD is 100% great all the way through. No fillers. No duds.
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I thought her last CD was good, this one is fantastic. This one makes you realize how good a singer she is to go along with the great sound and lyrics.
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It's Not Me, It's You by Lily Allen is the coolest album of 2009 so far. I don't have her debut album yet so I really can't compare the two but I am very happy with this pop/alternative/dance record. Allen's voice just puts me in a good mood, she's not the strongest vocalist but these songs are so catchy - you can't help but sing-along! My favorite song is Not Fair, it has this country-twinged flavor to it - it's pretty addicting! The irrestible F@*k You and the techno trippy Everyone's At It are also standouts. I actually enjoyed every song, you get a little bit of everything, her lyrics are blunt but her voice is so angelic - it's a nice balance. I highly recommend this overlooked gem, enjoy!
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... I heard "The Fear," song on the radio and thought hmmm... I like that song, who's that? Not really knowing much about Lily Allen I went ahead with my purchase of the It's Not Me, It's You CD.
I LOVE the entire Cd!!
The CD doesn't have typical popular songs but it sounds FANSTASTIC. Lily's British accent rocks. The songs are electrical, melow, fun to listen to with a lot of intelligence and personal phrases.
Fun CD to listen any time of the day.

I actually had friends over the other night and we were hanging out, eating, drinking wine and listening to this CD.
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