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"Alright Still" features some of the songs Lily has uploaded in her MySpace page, giving her the credit of being one the first mainstream acts to make use of social networking.
In a 37 minute album, the singer mixes pop, indie, ska, reggae and hip hop in songs with great potential to become singles.
Besides catchy and bitchy "Smile", highlights in "Alright Still" include the MySpace hit "LDN", whose lyrics and video are dedicated to London, "Alfie" lyrically funny and genious (inspired in her real little brother Alfie), the informal bizarre "Knock 'Em Out", which features lyrics that were used as the title of the album.
Lyrically Lily proves to be a contemporary poet, mixing meaningful messages with stupid jokes and informal slangs.
Great music, great production from Mr. Ronson. "Knock em Out" and gameshow sounding "Everythings Just Wonderful" has Lily talking about having bad credit, family members smoking weed, etc, this girl has issues if you get past her melodic high vocals and listen to the lyrics. My personal favorites are "Friday Night" the addictive but creative "Shame For You", and hands down the best song on the album with its light synth and heavy keys "Take What You Take", yeah that's the title, Lily Allen really stretches out and shows her true vocal skills. She even does a little rapping on the album which doesn't sound bad either. "Nan You're A Window Shopper" she sounds better than 50 cent's version and a little more threatning too (sorry Fiddy)!! To nick pick, "Alfie" gets lost in the shuffle, but Lily comes hard with a stellar debut album and looking forward to hearing more from this strange genius!!
4 stars. The Brit sensation!!
The album opens with the humorous Smile, showing the appeal of Lily Allen: her straightforward and non-nonsense lyrics. Unlike many other mainstream artists, Lily Allen makes no use of sugar-coating her points. Smile is a playful hymn with a catchy refrain and will surely appeal to anyone, who has been deceived and dumped by their boyfriend, now seeking revenge over his `crimes'. Knock `Em Out is one of album's best offering. The up-tempo song is sharp and on point as Lily Allen bursts out `No you can't have my number/'Coz I lost my phone'. The reggae-inspired LDN, allegedly the first single off the album, is a tale of the ups and downs of the city life, revealing that everything is not as peachy as it seems. The lyrics of Alright, Still are permeated with irony and sarcasm, which are quite refreshing and create a different atmosphere, while listening to the album. Everything's Just Wonderful is an example of the sarcasm, which Lily Allen and her follow writers employ in terms of the lyrics On Alright, Still. Up next is the hard-hitting Not Big, referring to the size of her ex-boyfriend.Read more ›
I don't know much about the lass, who initially caught my attention with an effortless, liquid rendition of "LDN" at the '08 Prince's Trust concert, except that she's the offspring of a very well-heeled British actor. Thus, her decidedly punkish, working-class persona, complete with Cockney accent, may be a complete fake. I've no clue. I can only go on what I hear, and from a strictly musical standpoint what I hear is pretty good.
Allen has a lovely, just a bloody lovely voice, not merely pleasing but equipped with a subtly modulating resonance of the type Britney Spears probably dreams about between spells in the looney bin. She also has a wickedly subversive sense of humor, showcased on such songs as "Knock `em Out" and "Not Big", and a great observational eye, making most of the songs either laugh out loud funny or good for a nod and a thoughtful chuckle. The production is thoroughly professional, so much so the whole album seems to sparkle with some kind of machined gloss, and nearly every beat and tune ridiculously catchy.
Where the album disappoints is under the hood. Allen says a lot, but when you scrape away the icing she doesn't have much to say. She hates bureacrats, old people (her most ill-tempered rants go to her own grandmother, who has blasphemed against the punk code by growing old, a horror Allen seems to regard as a character fault...let's see how you feel in another 30 years, Lil), commercialism, and nearly all of her ex-boyfriends.Read more ›
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she's a wonderful artist. I rarely like all the songs in an album but I loved them all!
she's so creative i tell ya. Read more
Wish I could have had a larger warning stating the explicit language! This is a Christmas gift!!Published 7 months ago by Judy Bauchspiess
This is an admirable 1st album as she's trying all types of techniques and different rhythms-- some work, some don't. The transition between some of the songs is horrible. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Greg
Receved when expected, item was as advertised, all as usualPublished 13 months ago by L. Howard Ewing III