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It’s Not Me, It’s You – AJ Allen by ajallen92
March 31, 2009, 3:09 am
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Since Lily Allen’s first album, Alright Still, her listeners have been waiting in anticipation for the next one and it has finally arrived.

Lily’s Allen’s first album is the manifestation of her overall anger and frustration with people and how they have wronged her. This album is made up mostly of uniquely written break up songs.  The album as a whole seems to be a journey through Lily Allen’s emotions as she goes through a tough break up. Because the album focuses so intently on one subject matter the tracks begin to seem repetitive. The sound is that of a typical pop album with the exception of the hints of hip-hop that she adds to tracks such as “Nan Your a Window Shopper” and “Knock Em Out.” Although the sound is majorly that of a typical pop album, the lyrics seem to be very raw.

It’s Not Me, It’s You, has a similar sound initially, but as you listen to the album you see that the music differs significantly from track to track. Although, each of the tracks on this album could be listened to independently and fully understood, the listener must listen carefully and thoroughly to comprehend the complex mind of Lily Allen. Allen’s Album It’s Not Me, Its You is a journey through the mind and experiences of the artist. Allen clearly shows her ability as a lyrycist in this album.

Allen’s previous album Alright, Still seems to focus primarily on the artist’s heartbreak and reveals to the listener that Lily Allen is a seemingly weak woman who can not enjoy life independent of a male companion. On the contrary, this album establishes her as a struggling, but strong independent woman. These characteristics of Allen are revealed in tracks such as “The Fear,” which talks about the superficiality and materialism of people. She is singing from a point of view representative of that of the typical material person. She discusses the motive of that materialsim and superficiality and establishes it as fear when she says from this particular young woman’s perspective, “I dont know whats right and whats real anymore/And I don’t know how I’m meant to feel anymore/And when do you think it will all become clear/’Cuz I’m being taken over by The Fear.” Allen also reverses that previously negative view of herself when in another one of her songs, “22.” “22” is about a woman who longs for the companionship of a man but has learned to become content with whatever she can get, leaving her with several one-night stands but no substansial relationships. This song also touches on society’s influence on the thought that a woman cannot be happy without a man.

It’s Not Me, It’s You also provides the listener with some of Allen’s feelings toward her family, with songs like “He Wasn’t There” and “Back to the Start.” In “He Wasn’t There,” Allen explores a bittersweet feeling about her father who was absent during her upbringing. Initially she expresses some built up anger, but later praises him for all of the things that he has done when she did reconcile with him. In the song she says this about her father, “You might have thought you didn’t teach me much/ But you taught me right from wrong/ And it was when you didnt’t keep in touch/ Well it taught me to be strong/ And just in case you ever thought I would/ I wouldn’t change you for the world/ Because I know you’ll always love me very much/ I’ll always be you’re little girl.” In “Back to the Start,” Allen talks about making things right with her older sister. In this track she apologizes for her jealousy towards her sister and the way that she has treated her sister. She expresses her desire for her relationship with her sister to go, “Back to the start.”

Allen has a few other interestingly unique tracks on this album. “Everyone’s At It” shares Lily Allen’s take on drugs and how they effect our world. “Him” takes the listener through her idea of god and who he is. The remaining tracks on the album are remniscent of the songs from Allen’s first album Alright, Still.

Overall, It’s Not Me, It’s You, It’s a great album. Lily Allen reveals a significant amount about herself and the way that she thinks to the listener’s, and shows that she has still has the ability to make great music. Each induvidual track shows a different angle of the artist that is delivered through an amazing voice.

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I love you Lily 😄 you da best

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