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|It's Not Me, It's You by Lily Allen - Review
I bought Lilyís first album back in 2007 when I first got back into music again. I love how she sings with her accent. And how her vicious lyrics are juxtaposed with happy music. She continues that format on the new album, but sheís improved her lyrics and there is more variation in the music from song to song.
Iím very fond of Everyoneís At It. I really support the message of the song. And not just because I was raised by a Hippy Mom to use Ďalternativeí medicine.
The Fear fascinates me. It feels like the younger sister of Fall Out Boyís Americaís Suitehearts, lyrically.
Itís Not Fair bothers me. Particularly these opening lines:
Oh, he treats me with respect,The rest of the song is about the guy being a premature ejaculator who doesnít ever get her off in bed. And yet:
He says he loves me all the time,
He calls me 15 times a day,
He likes to make sure that Iím fine
Then i remember all the nice thingsThat is one seriously fucking messed up relationship. Naturally, the music is utterly adorable and bouncy and fun. Thereís even a banjo, which gives it kind of a country feel. And that makes sense in a way, since so many country songs by women are about being in abusive relationships and the women loving the men anyway because they think thatís what the deserve.
that youíve ever said to me,
maybe im just over reacting
maybe your the one for me.
22 is about that fear of growing older and being alone, specifically as it pertains to women. The ending of oneís beliefs in fairy tales, basically. Itís almost wistful musically, though not enough to get depressing.
I Could Say fits very nicely after Itís Not Fair and 22. Itís about being better off for no longer being in an abusive relationship. It is sort of a repudiation of the angst of 22. Musically itís a little wistful and a little uplifting. Very nice.
Back To The Start hurts. The narrator was an absolute asshole to someone when she was growing up. Cruel and vicious and she regrets it deeply. But sheís not stopping at apologizing:
This is not just a songI actually teared up just now reading the lyrics. Weíve all done that, been cruel in the way only children can, to someone. Ouch.
I intend to put these words into action
I hope that it sums up the way that I feel to your satisfaction
Never Gonna Happen is hilariously cruel. The narrator lets the guy know that heís only a piece of ass to her. Sheíll fuck him, but heís an idiot if he thinks there is anything more to it. And the music has a carnival feel to it that really makes the lyrics all the more amusing.
Fuck You is my most favorite song though. I was going to quote my favorite bits of the lyrics, but dude I love every single line. The music is light-hearted, bouncy and just adorable. And the lyrics are pointed and very, very much exactly what Iíd love to say to the homophobes, misogynists and racists of the world. If you were to only buy one song from this album, you should get this one.
Whoíd Have Known is a pretty straightforward song about being unsure of how a relationship is going. The music makes it feel far more melancholy than the lyrics would imply.
Chinese is about missing your lover. The narrator either works a lot or travels a lot, or both. And she misses her boyfriend who always makes her feel safe and loved. Itís quite sweet.
Him. Look, I get it, most of the Western world is covered in religiosity but I get really tired of hearing people angst about it. Songs like this just bore me. Probably because a) I wasnít raised in any organized religion and b) I asked these questions when I was in 5th grade. Iím so far past this crap itís not funny. Musically itís beautiful. Lyrically itís not bad at all. But I just really, really donít care for this topic. And I really fucking loathe the revisionist assertion that Ďgodí doesnít get his rocks off from people killing/being killed in his name.
He Wasnít There pisses me off. For example:
Now you see I never thought youíd be a constant person in my lifeI donít get any sense that sheís being ironic or sarcastic. So instead we get a song about a fuckwitted girl that lets a married man use her for sex, ignore her when itís inconvenient and just shit all over her. And sheís happy about it. Itís revolting. Unless weíre supposed to gather from the musical choices (it sounds like something from the 1920s) that this is the sad mentality of a woman from back then. If thatís the case, then spot on. Otherwise? But either way, the lyrics are extremely off-putting.
And I donít think that you would be if youíd have stayed with your ex-wife
I know you waited but there is no need, no need to apologize
Because I know you always loved me very much.
You are my hero in disguise.
So of the 12 songs on this album I utterly adore 6 of them, like 3 of them and dislike 3 of them. Since it was only $3.99, I donít feel that it was remotely a waste of money. Had I paid more than $10, however, I wouldíve been less pleased.
Final Verdict: I definitely recommend this album.
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