Lily Allen - Alright, Still

Can I write this without mentioning her myspace and blog driven rise to fame? Apparently not. But lets just say she has almost as many friends as Tom. Lily Allen is a bittersweet musician, sure to divide opinions across the board. It’s weird how your previous musical interests seem to have no bearing on how you receive her music. She brings together people of vastly different tastes and splits those who think alike. She has even divided my own opinion in a number of ways. One day I love the sound of her layered vocals, next day they’re getting on my nerves. Listening to her lyrics, you could easily be forgiven for thinking she grew up in a trailer park. Her chronicles of breaking up and going to the pub make her seem like little more than white trash. But look at any picture of her and her smile will have you thinking the complete opposite. Her music is a blend of pop and hip-hop, which surprisingly works for me. What makes it special is that this pop music is her own, not some factory produced rubbish. It’s fast, it’s catchy and it’s genuine. Only problem is that in high doses, it can get a bit much, both in terms of repetition and obscenity. Excuses aside, I’m not ashamed to say I like her music. She seems to be having so much fun and it really is contagious. How I’ll feel in a couple months time when the rest of the world finally cottons on is another matter. For now I’ll just enjoy.

Everything’s Just Wonderful – Picking a song here was really difficult. In fact I changed my choice after writing that first sentence. This song would not have won a week ago, but with repeat listens it has risen to the top. It builds up a nice momentum as the cynicism rolls smoothly of her tongue.

Alfie – I simply could not resist using this. It is the textbook definition of a novelty song, but that’s why it’s so great. It provides a poor representation of the album, but that is irrelevant, it is simply too hilarious for it not to be heard by all.

11 comments:

Frank Sinatra said...

you dont know how pleasing and yet amusing it is to hear you talk of ones smile in the so delicate matter that you have.. im am also tremendously glad that you think she enjoys herself whilst she is making her music... (perhaps a reason for the delightful smile?) after all, its what music is all about, no?

jane said...

i'll say
betty told me to look up her lyrics for "not big" and "alfie"
lily allen's funny
i like "everything's just wonderful"

Peter said...

pleasing and yet amusing? are you mocking me? There is probably a good chance that her smiling and her having fun are in some way related. And of course making music is all about the enjoyment it brings. Why else would God have invented it? By the way, you don't know how pleasing and yet amusing it is that you typed matter instead of manner.

betty. said...

everything's just wonderful has got to be one of my fav.s off this album. speaking of novelty songs.. have you heard her take the piss out of one of fiddy cent's song? it's pretty funny

Peter said...

i've heard of but not heard. however it doesn't surprise that she'd do something of the sort and that it'd be funny

betty. said...

oh damn i used to have it up on my comm but it's expired now. i'll upload it again sometime soon. and if you look at the comm, there are the red riders songs you asked for the other day (:

kone said...

Love Lilly Allen's music agree with all your musings, now that i've seen that album cover I think I love Lily Allen fullstop. Woah, hottie.

Peter said...

Thanks, thanks and more thanks! Shall I direct people to this goldmine of free music or is it VIP only?

Musings....i like that word.....i think i'll use it one day

betty. said...

feel free to plug the community!

Peter said...

you mean this (http://community.livejournal.com/_speakintongues/) one?

Music Lover said...

great Lily Allen!!!

regards!!!!

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