It's Not Me, It's You

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  • Summary: The follow-up to her 2007 debut album was produced by Greg Kurstin.
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  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. It's refreshing how single-minded some of the new songs are, especially when coupled with Allen's lyrical zingers.
  3. It's Not Me never hits heights as blinding as "Smile" or "LDN"--but this approach does wind up spotlighting just how special a pop star Lily Allen is, how she captures all that's wretched and glorious about her time without falling into any of its traps, probably because she's clever enough to avoid them in the first place.
  4. 70
    It’s Not Me, It’s You cooks up nostalgia for Allen diehards, but the elements have been shuffled and re-imagined with pulsating dance tracks that are surprisingly fitting.
  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: 25 out of 31
  2. Negative: 4 out of 31
  1. cesard
    Feb 10, 2009
    10
    Very mature cd, with smart lyrics ans sounds. its one of the best pop cds made in the last 2 years, lily is the proof that you dont have to Very mature cd, with smart lyrics ans sounds. its one of the best pop cds made in the last 2 years, lily is the proof that you dont have to be perfect to be good. i love her attitude. Go Lily!! Expand
  2. May 7, 2013
    10
    I love every single song. It captures the essence of a whole generation. Love, friendship, drugs, parties, heartbreak, all mixed in a blendI 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
  3. AdriánC
    Feb 18, 2009
    10
    From Everyone's At It to He Wasn't There, Allen shows she isn't just a rebel gaining press and fans for her polemic songs. From Everyone's At It to He Wasn't There, Allen shows she isn't just a rebel gaining press and fans for her polemic songs. Twelve songs in which she talks about the problem our society is dealing with (racism, drugs, religion), and of course a lot of love and family stories in which we can see not only how Lily has grown as an artist, but as a person. I wasn't sure what the result of her new electronic sound would be, but my doubts completely disappeared since I heard it. Probably the best album of the year. Expand
  4. AustinC
    Jun 8, 2009
    9
    Lily Allen has never been on my artists to watch list, but that's all changed with this album. The tracks are catchy and fun. Something Lily Allen has never been on my artists to watch list, but that's all changed with this album. The tracks are catchy and fun. Something missing from today's overly-produced generic pop. Allen brings some real treats with this album. "Everyone's At It" is a catchy little tune about the problems of drugs and how everyone abuses them. This lyrically standout song features addictive tunes and even includes Allen playing the xylophone, a lost art in pop music. Other songs talk about arrogant exes, girls freaked out with age, clingy lovers, going back home to mother, restarting old relationships that never should of ended, and other things other artists wouldn't dare touch. Much like in the critically acclaimed song, "Fuck You" (originally titled "Guess Who Batman"). The track is a slap in the face to racists and originally began as an attack on George W. Bush. While very 'hit you with something your not expecting' lyrics, "Fuck You" also featured a very nice nursery rhyme instrumental, which only adds to shock of the song. It's no wonder this album put her a step ahead of others in the game we call the music industry. Expand
  5. Mar 27, 2011
    8
    "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"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. RyanE
    Feb 12, 2009
    8
    It's alright, good pop album. Was after something kinda different and i like it. Good beats and clever lyrics, better than alright still It's alright, good pop album. Was after something kinda different and i like it. Good beats and clever lyrics, better than alright still in my opinion. Expand
  7. MickeyM
    May 3, 2009
    0
    Lily Allen's talentlessness as a singer is only outshone by her amazing ability to write boring, lame, cringeworthy lyrics. No matter Lily Allen's talentlessness as a singer is only outshone by her amazing ability to write boring, lame, cringeworthy lyrics. No matter how sarcastically they are delivered, lines of the calibre of 'you're just a racist who can't tie my laces' cannot be considered clever. The production is pedestrian, but it is still the only thing that makes Allen's songs close to being listenable by distracting you slightly from her insufferable, vacuous personality. All the positive reviews she receives and the general widespread approval she gets from all areas of the media makes me think she is some kind of huge in-joke. An in-joke that is neither funny nor clever. Expand

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