The queen of sarcasm and blunt honesty is back with a new album. After taking a three year hiatus from making music, Lily Allen, released her new album entitled “Sheezus” this May. Allen first appeared in 2006 with her single, “Smile,” and since then has held slots at the top of the charts and sold over 2.6 million copies worldwide. Allen has always been known for her satirical and honest lyrics. Many of her songs criticize popular culture and the way women are viewed and treated. What makes Allen brilliant is her fearlessness that is backed by intelligence and creativity.

 

Sheezus album cover (thegrapejuice.net)

Allen’s single off the “Sheezus” album, “Hard Out Here,“ is a blatant criticism of how women are viewed in pop culture. The lyrics of the song are classic Allen and do not hold back, “You’ll find me in the studio and not in the kitchen/ I won’t be bragging ’bout my cars or talking ’bout my chains/ Don’t need to shake my ass for you ’cause I’ve got a brain/ If I told you ’bout my sex life, you’d call me a slut/When boys be talking about their bitches/ no one’s making a fuss.” The music video for the song begins with Allen under the knife for plastic surgery, while a video of half naked women dancing and twerking on a television plays in the operation room. The video continues with Allen joining the dancers, and being directed by her old, white, male publicist. The video is satirical and highlights what Allen does best, pointing out the obvious flaws in popular culture in a laughable and clever way.

 

In a recent interview, Allen spoke about her fearlessness, and why it is important to talk about the topics and issues that make us uncomfortable,

“We’re all human. I feel like there are certain things that are taboo and maybe I do touch on them as subjects, but I think that at the heart of what I do is, ‘Hey, this happens to all of us and we shouldn’t feel like we can’t talk about it or that we should feel like we’re ashamed of it. If you’re gay, you’re gay. If you’re a woman, you get periods – it doesn’t f*cking matter!’ The more we talk openly about these things, then we can become more comfortable with them.”

 

Allen’s music is part of a greater conversation surrounding the equality of men and women. The frankness of her lyrics mean many will be upset and unhappy with her, but that is exactly what needs to happen in order for her message to stand out and be heard.

 

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