Lily Allen 'Sheezus' Review: Same Bold Statements, More Mature Outlook
Five years after her last release, Lily Allen is back with her third album and, as usual, the sly British singer isn't biting her tongue. Instead she's delivering the sarcastic rhymes and bold statements fans love her for.
Firstly, it's hard to ignore the fact that the album is called Sheezus, a play off Kanye West's Yeezus released last year. Sheezus is also the name of the album's first song, in which she comically sings about some of her industry peers—Rihanna, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Lorde, and Lady Gaga—and lashes out on the competition they are forced into. "Second best will never cut it for the divas. Give me that crown b-tch, I wanna be Sheezus," Allen sings.
The 28-year-old also mocks Hollywood's ideals and challenges its double standards. On Hard Out Here she sings, "If you're not a size six, then you're not good looking. Well, you better be rich, or be real good at cooking." She even pokes fun at social media on Insincerely Yours -- although she uses it -- singing, "I don't give a f-ck about your Instagram, about your lovely house or your ugly kids."
Yet, the new album also showcases a more mature side of Allen. A lot has changed in her life since she popped up in the scene with her 2006 debut Alright, Still, followed with It's Not Me, It's You three years later, and her experiences are highlighted here.
She got married to Sam Cooper in 2011 and the couple welcomed a baby girl Ethel that year and their second daughter Marnie in 2013. "My life had lost it's meaning but you saved me from my self," she sings on On As Long As I Got You. Allen also travels to a deeper place speaking on devastating times she faced, like suffering a miscarriage six months into her pregnancy in 2010, with Take My Place. The melancholic ballad stands out.
With the help of her longtime producer Greg Kurstin, Allen's electro-pop comeback is bubbly, unapologetic and doesn't steer away from her daring nature. We are happy to have you back Ms. Allen.
Sheezus is out on May 5 in the U.K. and one day later in the U.S.