If like us you felt a massive stab of disappointment when you heard that Lily Allen was marking her return to the world of pop with a cover of Keane’s Somewhere Only We Know and then felt like slashing your wrists when you heard the delivery of the tune, which sounded even lamer than you could imagine – fear not – that appears to be just a decoy.
Because today Lily put a new song on line and she's back to her best – courting controversy with a scathing video, adding her piece to the debate that seems to be fuelling pop culture right now. See if you can spot the references to the likes of Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke and Rihanna and laugh at Lily’s use of auto tune (which we assume is meant to be satire, after all Lily can sing rather sweetly). Some of the messages in the chorus are a little mixed , but maybe that’s to help to help the debate along. Lily by now is old and wise enough to realise that many issues in the world are shades of grey (not necessarily fifty though) and so her lyrics reflect that a little.
Well done Lily Allen. After making babies, she’s back to making music. Let's ignore the false start with the advert that we will never talk of again; she’s out of the blocks bashing down the doors of pop and taking the piss brilliantly with this one. We await the lengthy think-piece articles in the quality press (there's a strong argument here that the video is racist for example) but whilst we have a think about that, at least let's enjoy some proper pop music.
Lily Allen - Hard Out Here (Video)