Half Notes: Lily Allen – It's Not Me, It's You (2009)

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I first heard (and heard of) Lily Allen on “Saturday Night Live.” It used to be that I’d watch that show just for the musical guests. In recent years, that part of the show (OK, the whole show) has been way more spotty. So out comes this Lily Allen. Flower print dress. High heels. Insanely catchy music. The tune was “LDN.” Man, I was totally hooked. The album (Alright, Still) turned out to be better than I could have imagined. All of this fun, ska-infused music wrapped around lyrics that provided a complete contrast — “LDN” sounds all chirpy and happy, but closer inspection reveals pimps, crack whores, and muggings. That record was full of similar surprises including a tune revealing to an ex-boyfriend that he never made her cum. Title? “Not Big.” Ouch. So then Allen cancelled a tour, looking like she was done. Not so. Next, thankfully, came more happy music from my favorite potty-mouthed singer:

‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music from Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he originated several of our weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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