Since she released her 2006 debut Alright, Still, singer-songwriter Lily Allen’s offstage antics have attracted far more attention than her cheeky, fast-talking
music. That’s unfortunate, because the songs on It’s Not Me, It’s You are clever and hooky, offering socially conscious and ironic lyrics that span from concern about widespread drug use (“Everyone’s at It”) to strong disgust for bigotry and racism (“Fuck You”). The album is more layered than Alright, lending a delicate pop air to Allen’s blunt, witty lyricism and lilting vocals. “The Fear” represents some of Allen’s best work, as she takes the piss out of celebrities — and presumably her own paparazzi-ridden life — with lines like “I want loads of clothes/And fuckloads of diamonds/I hear people die while they’re trying to find them/I’ll take my clothes off/It won’t be shameless/Because everyone knows that’s how you get famous.” It’s rare that someone in the spotlight makes such a dead-on critique of her own position. It shouldn’t be surprising that Allen does it best.