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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: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  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. Aug 12, 2013
    "It's Not Me, It's you is good, but not as good as "Alright, Still". You can only hear Lily's voice so much before she sounds really annoying. The best track is "Everyone's At It". Expand
  3. 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
  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. 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
  6. Jul 26, 2011
    Damn good album. To quote one of the songs **** you" to the haters. Several catchy pop songs, and several social/political commentary songs that are actually fun and enjoyable rather than being preachy. Not amazing, but well worth having in your library. 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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