Alright, Still

Common Sense Media says

Brit singer's sharp tongue brings honesty and fun.

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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
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
Not applicable
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."

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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

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Teen, 13 years old Written bydr duck April 6, 2010
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15
QUALITY
 

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 Drinking, drugs, & smoking: Yes but in a good way
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old December 12, 2009
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12
QUALITY
 

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 music. Her songs reflect her attitude towards society, which is sometimes quite bad, but is sometimes very funny. Her songs are littered with swear words in abundance such as f__k, sh_t, b_tch, wh_re, tw_t and one bleeped out c_nt (in the song Friday Night.) Her sexual and drug references are also quite obvious. She makes references to pornographic magazines, having sex with people other than your partner, and there is references to smoking weed, and drinking alcohol, getting into fights et al. Therefore, the dark and innapropriate themes in her songs are masked by a light bubbly pop song music, which makes her misleading towards children and their parents. Be warned, some of her stuff may not be suitable for under 12, so you might like to discuss the issues in these songs with your child/ren, but if they are mature enough to understand, then by all means get the CD, it's great! :)
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old October 1, 2009
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12
QUALITY
 
Great music by Lily Allen. Content is innapropriate for younger ones, but the clean versions will have them singing along. The messages aren't at all nice, and each song has a dark theme. What amuses me is how she can change a nice happy song into a piece revolving around sex, drugs, and other non kid friendly subjects. Overall, an excellent album.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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