Alright, Still

Music review by
Jim Welte, Common Sense Media
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Brit singer's sharp tongue brings honesty and fun.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 18 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Overall good messages pull through (don't waste your life smoking pot, having self-respect), but there are a few iffy ones, too: A not-so-PC line rejecting someone's pick-up lines ("I've got herpes, err, no I've got syphilis/AIDS, AIDS, I've got AIDS!") and sleeping with your boyfriend's friends ("Let's see how you feel in a couple of weeks/When I work my way through your mates").

Violence
Sex

A couple of generic references to having sex ("I could see it in your face when you give it to me gently") and a few to a former partner's "shortcomings."

Language

Occasional four letter words (f--k, s--t, c--t) and one mention of "whore" and the British version of whore, "slapper."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few references to smoking pot ("My little brother's in his bedroom smoking weed/I tell him he should get up cos it's nearly half past three/He can't be bothered cos he's high on THC") and drinking ("Another drink and I'm ready for action"). There's also one mention of "doing a line."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lily Allen's undeniable charm lies in her biting wit, which also produces some pretty ribald lyrics. But the four-letter words are considerably less noticeable than they would be on, say, a gangster rap album, because Allen's lilting voice breezes right through the vulgarities. The four-letter words (f--k, s--t, c--t, and whore) only pop up a few times, however, and what's left is a sweet, breezy album that's loads of fun. Allen keeps its simple and personal, and because of that, girls of any age, and even their male counterparts, can relate to her songs.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9, 12, and 18+-year-old Written byrainrider778 January 5, 2009

explicit mania

its almost creepy how much she says 4 letter words
Adult Written byandthentherewere4 April 9, 2008

Not so much for the kids...

As an adult, I loved this CD, however, I don't think I would give it to a child to listen to. Teens and up.
Teen, 13 years old Written bydr duck April 6, 2010

Lilly's clever lyrics bold through the explicity

Messages: Mostly positive
Violence: None
Sexy Stuff: Only in "not big"
Language: Frequent F words, but not used in a bad way
Consumerism: None
Drinkin... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old December 12, 2009

Darkly original songs are masked with light, boppy music... very clever but maybe too rude for under 12..

this is a greaaaaaat CD with some wonderfully catchy but blatantly truthful songs.
Lily is a very upfront, cut-the-crap person I think, and this shows in her mu... Continue reading

What's the story?

Within the first 15 seconds of her debut album, ALRIGHT, STILL, Lily Allen will make you smile and do a double-take in a \"did she just say that?\" way. Over a ska-flavored beat and using a sweet, almost shy delivery, Allen starts the opening track, \"Smile,\" with \"When you first left me/I was wanting more but you were f--kin' that girl next door, what'd you do that for?\" The line and the song offer the perfect window into Allen's fresh talent. The girl's got a mouth on her but the four-letter words are relatively scarce, and this is one of the wittiest albums to come out in recent memory. Allen loves throwing honest verbal jabs, whether it's at past loves, her hometown of London, or even her grandmother, whose coupon-cutting and bingo-playing ways get the treatment on \"Nan, You're a Window Shopper,\" the disc's best song.

Is it any good?

The songs on Alright, Still stick to what Allen knows, whether it's deflecting the advances of the opposite sex in "Knock 'Em Out" or pointing out her former partner's "shortcomings" in the bluntly titled "Not Big." Allen's singing style--it never seems like she's trying too hard--perfectly matches the horn-soaked, breezy songs. But her biting wit is what stands out most, bolstered by the fact that she clearly doesn't take herself too seriously. She's a bit rough around the edges at times, but the 21-year-old Allen has made a delightful pop album that is easily relatable and loads of fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Allen's honesty about being hurt by a breakup and how it's okay to admit vulnerability in those situations. Families can also discuss the ability to use humor in a variety of ways to get your point across.

Music details

  • Artist: Lily Allen
  • Release date: January 30, 2007
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: August 3, 2015

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