Alright, Still

 
Brit singer's sharp tongue brings honesty and fun.

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.

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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Adult Written byandthentherewere4 April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

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.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
Teen, 14 years old Written bySynchronicity April 9, 2008
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Great album! May become a classic!

Lily Allen has a great voice and very tongue-in-cheek lyrics. The songs make you laugh (Smile, Knock 'em Out, Nan You're A Window Shopper) while at least one (Littlest Things) makes you cry, and other songs show that Lily is not afraid to turn down a boyfriend for whatever reason (Not Big, Smile, Shame For You) and that not all girls are friendly (Friday Night, Friend Of Mine). There are probably around nine or ten f-bombs, one use of the British profanity c-nt (censored), a few s-bombs (including s#!t and s#!te), and one use each of arse, hell, tw@t, slapper, and crack whore. Sometimes the songs talk about drug use (but it's always portrayed negatively) and alcohol. "Not Big" talks about a boyfriend that a girl turns down because they didn't have good, well, you know, and she uses the word c-m in that song. Even though there's quite a bit of cursing and mature themes, Lily Allen tells it like it is, and you can barely hear the curse words! Highly recommended for 12+.

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