Lily Allen has been posting new songs on her myspace page for the past couple of months, whilst simultaneously using it’s blog facility to tackle everything from knife crime to female body image. She’s also hit back at the numerous newspaper and magazine articles that appear everyday, usually showing her falling in or out of some swanky bar or award show (she claims it’s what most young people would be doing, I tend to agree, so I side with Lily. In your face Murdoch!). It’s worth noting that until recently even her myspace page was more about Lily Allen the celebrity then it was about Lily Allen the pop star so it’s worth re-adjusting the focus back onto the music.
‘Everyone’s At It’ is the first single to be taken from Allen’s second album, It’s Not Me, It’s You, which is out in February of next year. Musically things are a little different, with less ska affectations and more icey electronics. (EDIT: The first single will now be ‘The Fear’ and will be out in January. It contains a lyrics about blow-jobs). In fact, parts of ‘Everyone’s At It’ recall The Killers’ early singles, with rushes of synths and odd ‘whoosh’ noises. It also takes a few more listens until the chorus sticks in your head, but it will, don’t worry.
Lyrically, it’s less cockney swagger and more depressed celebrity, with the focus shifted to the drug habits of famous people, politicians and everybody else basically. The sentiments are laudable, especially the bits about people being honest about their own drug habits before vilifying and crucifying others, but it’s also all a bit preachy and a tad dull. It’s not easy to listen to a famous person moaning, especially one that’s not yet 25 years old, and here’s hoping the rest of the album shifts the focus away from how it’s crap being a celebrity.
This is another new song, which may or may not make the new album. It’s called ‘I Don’t Know’ and is about how crap it is being a celebrity…oh.