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8 out of 10
Gone is the sunny ska pop of 'Smile' and 'LDN' and in comes humanised, electro-pop in the style of Hot Chip on Lily Allen's comeback single, 'The Fear' - the first from new album 'It's Not Me, It's You', due in February. And it's the best song she's done so far for it, putting her way out in front of all those she's been lumped together with, or will be in the coming months (Kate Nash, Duffy, Adele, Little Boots, La Roux - and when did being a women in your 20s become a scene/genre, anyway?).
Lyrically as sharp, potty-mouthed and nifty as ever, "I want lots of money/I don't care about clever, I don't care about funny," she sings even though she's both. Faux-stupid lines like, "I want fuck loads of diamonds/I heard people while they're trying to find them," show how smart she is. Her shift covering for Zane Lowe earlier in January showed how funny she is (it was brilliant; find it online if you haven't heard it). Lily Allen has gone through shit - depression, drugs, break-ups, a miscarriage - and come out the other side, artistically at least, as a brilliant pop star off record and more importantly, on record.
1. The Fear
2. Fag Hag