August 25, 2011

Guilty Pleasure or Just Pleasure? I like Lily Allen

Here's another post I wrote about two years ago and never published...

I've said before that I like a good pop song. Lily Allen delivers great pop songs. She's got a great mixture of sass, beauty, cutesy delivery, and unbridled honesty. A number of similar artists came out after Lily, such as Kate Nash, but they never matched the playfulness in the sometimes harsh delivery. The backing music on many of the tracks on Alright, Still added to the fun, too. Her second album It's Not Me, It's You came out on February 10.

Her new video for "Not Fair" looks like it was pulled right from an old episode of Hee Haw.

As always, George Stroumboulopoulos does a fantastic interview. I've been listening and watching George since he was on Edge 102 and MuchMusic. He's got an amazing way with an interview whether he's talking to a Nobel Prize winner or a rock star. Here he is with Lily on The Hour. A sample exchange:

George: Were you a Clash fan?
Lily: Yeah, of course, who isn't?
George: Dumb people.


And her "encore" story right at the end. Nicer!

Here's a version of Lily performing the first single from It's Not Me, It's You, "The Fear" accompanied only by piano and guitar, from Studio Q

"The Fear" on Later with Jools Holland

"He Wasn't There" on Sirius/XM - her singing is awesome on this take!

And finally, "LDN" on Jools