Lily Allen: Sheezus - album review

Back from retirement and sending up Kanye with kook (and good tunes)

Three-and-a-half years ago, Lily Allen announced that she was ‘retiring’ from pop and no one believed her. Sure enough, the queen of chart-friendly snark is back with a third album whose title sends up Kanye West. Producer Greg Kurstin offers a slick, melodic update of her last album’s radio-friendly electronic sound over which Allen riffs on everything from celebrity culture (‘Insincerely Yours’), to the media’s preoccupation with her upbringing (‘Silver Spoon’), to the joys of married life (‘As Long as I Got You’). Crucially, her trademark wry rhymes can still raise a smile. Sheezus isn’t a triumph, but it’s great she’s back.
Nick Levine

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