It’s been 4 years since we last got a Lily Allen project but that doesn’t mean it’s been a quiet 4 years for her. In fact, she’s been through a lot over the last 4 years and it’s all been heavily publicly scrutinized. No Shame is the first time she’s addressing a lot of those things directly. It’s almost an exercise in catharsis as she bares it all about her divorce, mental health struggles, coping with the hate and vitriol slung at her through social media, and she saves her most critical barbs for herself. It’s her at an intimate level we’ve never seen from her before. It’s bold and at times gut-wrenching in its sincerity, but it’s not necessarily matched by the production which is far from bad, just a bit generic in spots. After a tumultuous past 4 years Lily Allen bares it all on No Shame and it’s resulting in one of her most compelling projects to date.
Somehow even after 7 albums they're still able to make each new album feel like the first time you heard them and despite music coming more in line with the style they perfected over a decade ago, they still feel light years in front of everyone else. "7" won't do much to change your opinion about Beach House one way or another, but it's hard to argue how hauntingly beautiful it all is.
Janelle Monáe is at her most authentic self here, but while much of it is about self expression and living your truth, it's still very timely and aware of the larger things happening in our society (protest music you can party to). An album all her own sound that can only be described as 'futuristic funk' - it's sonics are lush, it's synths are bright, and it's bounce is irresistible.
I feel like I’m under attack all of the time
My head can’t always hold itself so high
What if inside I’m dying?
Every night I’m crying
And even if I died trying
I bet you’d probably quite like it
Have you heard No Shame? What’d you think about it? Did you like the sincerity and vulnerability in her songwriting? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.
Lily Allen – No Shame Reaction
After a tumultuous past 4 years Lily Allen bares it all on No Shame and it's resulting in one of her most compelling projects to date.