- 13 Jun 18
Impressive return from the pop maverick!
I could have sworn Lily Allen had more than three albums to her name - such is the singer's cultural ubiquity, it feels like she has released a stream of LPs since her 2006 debut,Alright, Still. Testifying to her idiosyncratic approach and unique way with a melody, several of the tunes from that album have become contemporary pop standards.
Indeed, those hits were nuggets of musical sunshine that emerged in the midst of an indie storm; it was a time when skinny-jeaned posturing dominated the cultural landscape. Additionally, Alright, Still showcased Allen's charisma as a person and performer. She is that increasingly rare kind of pop personality: bolshie and fearlessly individual.
Allen became disenchanted with the music industry following the release of her third LP, 2014's Sheezus, an ill-conceived effort driven by corporate pressure to conform to pop trends. It didn't work for the singer, nor for her fans. However, her latest album, No Shame, serves as a well-timed response to anyone who'd dare write Allen off as mere tabloid fodder.