Knock 'Em Out
Label: Parlophone UK
Gritty street scenes filtered through a cheeky sense of humor, British irony, and lots of milky tea make up Lily Allen's bird's-eye view of London. Allen's songs are set to an array of carefree, swinging sounds that incorporate elements of ska, pop and hip-hop, which help to offset weighty topics such as crack whores ("LDN"), breakups ("The Littlest Things") and revenge fantasies on unfaithful partners ("Smile"). More melodic and airy than the Streets, Allen is a sharp urban storyteller with an ear for a hook.