Lily Allen sets free It’s Not Me, It’s You

Today marks the long awaited release of Lily Allen’s new album, It’s Not Me, It’s You. As Lily’s wit and sensibilities are coupled with production by The Bird and the Bee’s Greg Kurstin, It’s Not Me, It’s You, is sure to trigger emotional responses including: laughs, shrugs, and perhaps the reminder that you yourself have been such an average chump in your own life. The songs range from social commentaries as heard on opener “Everyone’s At It,” and mid-album track “I Could Say,” to 20/20 reflections on God and significant others. First single “The Fear,” sums up the myopia of gloss we live in with such lines as “I’m not a saint and I’m not a sinner, everything’s cool as long as I’m getting thinner.” On the prairie shuffle of “Not Fair,” Lily rails and deliberates on the guy that is perfect in every way except for he doesn’t ring her bell. The production does its job throughout, though the swirling electronic alchemy exploding on the chorus of “Back to the Start,” may be the highlight in said capacity. “Fuck You,” opens with a melodramatic piano sequence out of the Carpenter’s playbook before assimilating in to a swinging anti-racist number with a contagious chorus. It’s Not Me, Its You shows Lily once again painting pictures that are as likely to make you smile as they are to make you squirm.

Don’t miss Lily on KCRW next Wednesday, when she’ll be performing some of the tunes from her new album.

The Fear

Mar 14 Academy Glasgow
Mar 15 Academy Manchester
Mar 16 Academy Dublin
Mar 18 Academy Bristol
Mar 19 Guildhall Southampton
Mar 20 Dome Brighton
Mar 22 UEA Norwich
Mar 23 Academy Birmingham
Mar 24 Academy Leeds
Mar 26 Shepherd’s Bush Empire London
Mar 27 Shepherd’s Bush Empire London
Mar 28 Shepherd’s Bush Empire London
Apr 1 House of Blues San Diego, California
Apr 2 The Wiltern Los Angeles, California
Apr 4 The Warfield San Francisco, California
Apr 6 The Showbox SODO Seattle, Washington
Apr 8 The Venue Salt Lake City, Utah
Apr 9 Ogden Theater Denver, Colorado
Apr 11 First Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 12 Vic Theater Chicago, Illinois
Apr 13 St. Andrews Hall Detroit, Michigan
Apr 15 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, Georgia
Apr 17 9.30 Club Washington DC, Washington DC
Apr 18 Theater of the Living Arts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Apr 19 House Of Blues Boston, Massachusetts
Apr 20 Roseland New York, New York
Apr 22 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, Ontario
May 3 Lido Berlin, Berlin
May 4 Gloria Koln
May 6 Cigalle Paris
May 7 Melkweg Amsterdam
May 8 Ancienne Belgique Brussels

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