Lily Allen "Sheezus" - title track from Sheezus (2014)
Lily Allen, whose long awaited latest album Sheezus arrived in Amoeba last Tuesday care of Parlaphone Records (via Warner) in both regular and deluxe CD (bonus disc with 5 additional tracks) versions, has just announced that she will touring the States in September for the first time in five years. That last tour by the UK singer/songwriter and actress coincided with her last studio album - It's Not Me, It's You. Part of the reason for the long gap between albums by the oft times controversial artist had to do with Allen's reportedly stepping back and taking time out from the rock n roll lifestyle and an effort to focus on her family. In 2010 she officially announced that she was taking a break from music for a few years to raise her young family and to set up her own record label. 18 months ago she returned from her hiatus with the release of both her cover of fellow Brit act Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know," and the track "Hard Out Here" - both UK hits at the time, with the digital only "Hard Out Here" now in physical format and included on the new album (see video below). Sheezus is a departure from her previous more ska flavored style with more electronic and pop sounding production values now taking center stage. Meanwhile Allen's voice is as powerful and commanding as ever while lyrically she never fails to grabs listeners' attention by not holding back on sharing her opinions on everything, especially the state of pop culture. Even the new album title is a reference to Kanye while on the new album's title track she takes an honest evaluation of women in pop music; how they're perceived and marketed. Sadly many have misunderstood this track (video above) as a diss to her fellow female pop artists while it is anything but.