Monday, 19 January 2009


Nah, not really, but I must say that I'm starting to quite like the new Lily Allen (called 'The Fear' - surely now the second-album-comeback, too-many-drugs-culminating-in-panic-attacks-and-general-insecurity song title par excellence? See Doves, Pulp, Ian Brown &c).

As with Britney's epochal masterpiece 'Piece of Me', 'The Fear' treads a fine-line between eloquent self-referential irony and shockingly unwitting, unironic self-parody, but I've come to the conclusion that, as with Britney, it's the former that wins out in the final instance.

'The Fear' is so melodic/melancholic in a sort of winning, mea culpa, little-girl-lost way, it's almost enough to make you feel sorry for the lass.

Almost, I said.

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