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Sheezus by Lily Allen
Released: May 2014
Label: Parlophone UK
However clumsy her appropriation of dance music on a song that disparages shaking one's ass, Lily Allen still hits her targets more often than not (she plays a Vice writer on "URL Badman"!) and is honest enough to admit when she doesn't know what she's talking about. Still, her net for hooks is bigger than most and sharper than ever, with the back-to-back "L8 Cmmr," "Air Balloon" and "Our Time" revealing her pop gifts in full alignment, before going off-grid with nods to zydeco ("As Long as I Got You"), soukous ("Life for Me") and, yes, Auto-Tune ("Hard Out Here").
Dan Weiss