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  • Summary: The follow-up to her 2007 debut album was produced by Greg Kurstin.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. It's Not Me, It's You is a wonderful record, and, better than that, a pop album brave enough to have a go at defining the times.
  2. There's an assurance about its adjustments to her musical formula, its contents sing loud enough to drown out even the siren song of the patisserie.
  3. So to sum up, insightful lyrics, great voice, and super production values add up to one of the albums to beat in early 2009. [Winter 2009]
  4. For those people who still think Lily Allen is the epitome of nepotistic celebrity culture, her second album won't change many minds. For the rest of us, It's Not Me It's You cements her position as one of this country's most interesting pop stars and proves that she's not some one-hit wonder.
  5. Even if the new album can be cheaply on-the-nose and opportunistic at times, it's hard to root against Lily Allen.
  6. 60
    While It's Not Me, It's You isn't quite the voice of wisdom, the Mockney chatter has been dialed right down. [Mar 2009, p.108]
  7. 20
    If once she was sweetly sardonic, now she sounds utterly bored, and collaborator Greg Kurtsin hardly helps with an anodyne synthpop production that makes excruciating excursions into rawhide country, pallid polka and Bontempi showtunes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 4 out of 28
  1. May 7, 2013
    I love every single song. It captures the essence of a whole generation. Love, friendship, drugs, parties, heartbreak, all mixed in a blend that comes out perfect. Lily shines in every track, and Greg Kurtin did his best job to date producing this album (in my humble opinion). Expand
  2. Nov 1, 2012
    Ms. Allen (or as she would rather be called nowadays, Ms. Rose-Cooper) made a serious transition from her sassy debut "Alright, Still" to "It's Not Me, It's You" - while some of that old bratty attitude is still there, she's 100% more mature than ever. Expand
  3. Jan 26, 2013
    This is a big change for Lily Allen, and whilst she doesn't have the bittersweet raggae vibe anymore, the new flow is awesome and all tracks are worth a listen and this album is worth buying. Expand
  4. May 21, 2014
    Ms. Allen's evolution from her sassy debut to a consistent and mature attitude presented in "It's Not Me, It's You" unveils itself in melodic consistence, fun and ironic lyrics and rich vocal quality in its entirety. Expand
  5. Jul 27, 2014
    Drugs, celebrity culture, politics, religion; Lily Allen doesn’t shy away from anything. Her simple, sarcastic lyrics paint a very vivid picture of what it means to be a young person in Britain today; “your daughter’s depressed, get her straight on the Prozac but little do you know that she already takes crack” she sings on the album’s opening track “Everyone’s At It”. The now infamous "F*** You" also deserves to be mentioned, as Allen spends almost 4 minutes angelically swearing at right-wing fascists over a nursery-rhyme melody and piano. The album has just as many introspective moments too, as Allen begs for her sister’s forgiveness on “Back To The Start”, expresses her love for her mother in “Chinese” and analyses her complicated relationship with her father in “He Wasn’t There”.

    Allen’s definitely at her best though when she’s ripping into someone, whether it’s a scathing attack on a lover who can’t perform in bed in “Not Fair” (“I lie here in the wet patch in the middle of the bed, I’m feeling pretty damn hard done-by, I spent ages giving head”) or the brutal sarcastic analysis of celebrity culture in “The Fear” (“I wanna be rich and I want lots of money, I don’t care about clever, I don’t care about funny”) which I personally think is one of the best pop songs of the 2000s. The softer moments, like “Who’d Have Known” or “I Could Say”, are still nice songs but they feel a little bit lacking wedged between the wittier, braver tracks.
  6. Mar 27, 2011
    "It's Not Me, It's You" is a new step of Lily Allen from ska-pop to electro-pop. The album retains its catchy nursery rhymes sound but it does not fit well on the techno sound. The production is perfect, it sounds really good. It still retains non-mainstream pop sounds but it sounds boring rather than fun. Overall, the album is good and buy-worthy. :) Expand
  7. Sep 13, 2011
    Though I think the music is a much more interesting in Lily's first album, this one has some catchy melodies that will be in your head all day long, such as "22", "The Fear" and"Who'd Have Known". It shows a more sensitive Lily, but there are still some songs in which the ironic Lily comes out. Expand

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