Lily Allen, Alright, Still

Volume 10, Issue 96; 22 Sep 2007; last modified 08 Oct 2010

Happy, frothy, bouncy pop.

On Thursday, I was strolling through Heathrow with two hours and a few bob to kill. I wandered into one of the music stores where I picked up KT Tunstall’s latest, Drastic Fantastic (which, alas, I don't like nearly as much as Eye to The Telescope, so I won't say anymore about it; maybe it just needs another listen or two).

I also picked up Lily Allen’s Alright, Still. I'm not sure why; I had no idea going in who she was. The cover art caught my attention, I suppose, it was relatively inexpensive, and the “parental advisory” label suggested that it might have an edge even if I didn't like it.

It's delightful! Happy, frothy, bouncy pop. Not deep, not complex, but hard to listen to without a smile.

Turns out I had heard one of her singles on my favorite local radio station, 93.9. The song is called “LDN”, but if you didn't know that you'd more likely guess “London Town”. I think you can sample her work at

So purely by accident, I found a recording I wanted to get by an artist I didn't know on an album that's pretty much uniformly enjoyable.

I guess some good can come from connecting through Heathrow.


I agree on Lily Allen, it's really hard to listen to her and not smile.

I learned about her through a different kind of "Parental Advisory." My son loaned me the CD while we were visiting him earlier this year.

Times have changed; I couldn't imagine giving my mother this album, but my son didn't think twice about giving it to me.

—Posted by Dick Hamilton on 23 Sep 2007 @ 04:01 UTC #

I agree that "Drastic Fantastic" doesn't have as many obvious standout songs as ETTT. But try mixing the two albums together. You might find as I did that a number of DF's tracks begin to grow on you.

—Posted by Hamish Lawson on 24 Sep 2007 @ 05:55 UTC #

But the "USA Just Says No to Lily Allen"

(on an unrelated note: Gutsy Gibbon is released tomorrow. I'm hoping for something as trouble free, and better working than, Dapper. I have on occasion regretted upgrading from Dapper to Feisty...)

—Posted by Steinar Bang on 17 Oct 2007 @ 07:08 UTC #