TEARAWAY Maverick TIERNEY REARDON reviews Lily Allen's latest.
Lily Allen's new album is exactly as you might imagine it would be; bright, brilliant and bold. Even the title, Sheezus, is a daring choice; it's a play on Kanye West's 2013 album Yeezus. The thing that makes Lily Allen such an intriguing artist is exactly this, though – she is not afraid to say what she thinks, which means that every song rings with blunt honesty.
Sheezus is Lily's third album, and is the first work she has released since her second album in 2009. The songs cover styles such as dubstep, bubblegum pop, electropop, synthpop, and other 'pops' that I didn't know existed.
Lily covers topics in her songs such as her married life, celebrity culture and body image pressure. The twelfth track, the satirical Hard Out Here, has feminist themes that are fearlessly discussed. The title track, Sheezus, mentions artists such as Rihanna, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Lorde. Air Balloon is a lighter, catchy tune – the second single to be released from the album.
Lily has only just returned to the music industry, and already we are reminded of how and why she became so successful in the first place; her style is completely admirable. I do like that she doesn't cover up her British accent – so many singers, including Kiwi artists, have let their songs sound so much less unique by allowing American tones and quirks to change their singing voices.
Lily also writes her own lyrics, 'real' lyrics, which provide meaning to her songs, unlike the fluffy lyrics you hear in most pop songs today. I hope that people listening to Sheezus will appreciate the way that Lily refuses to allow others' ways of thinking change her style. She remains honest, she values her opinions, and she values the people who listen to them.