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. Mojo
    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: 27 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  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. Aug 25, 2015
    10
    One of the strongest releases of the 21st century. Definitely the best album of Lily's career so far. She has sharp wit, fresh electropopOne of the strongest releases of the 21st century. Definitely the best album of Lily's career so far. She has sharp wit, fresh electropop sound and clever lyrics. It's a classic and is a definite pop staple. Everyone deserves to be enlightened by this flawless album at least once in their life. 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. SteveT
    Jul 5, 2009
    9
    Many of the songs on this album are topical tongue-in cheek compositions by Lily, some people will just not geddit - maybe you have to live Many of the songs on this album are topical tongue-in cheek compositions by Lily, some people will just not geddit - maybe you have to live in England to fully appreciate the humour, much of the language is everyday chav-talk used by kids in Lily's home country - overall a very good collection of songs, including some very catchy hit singles, and a more satisfying album than her first, The production is top notch on my vinyl copy, though there is a proliferation of faulty copies in the UK. 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. ClifC
    Mar 17, 2009
    7
    A bit disappointed by this album. I was waiting for more. Still funny and catchy though. Standout tracks: "The Fear" & "Fuck You".
  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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