Allen’s own resurrection doesn’t capture the zeitgeist as effortlessly as her sunny, ska-tinged debut, 2006’s ‘Alright, Still’, or the melancholy electro-pop of 2009’s ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’. And it feels messier too, as Allen struggles to reconcile her new life as a well-off mum of two coddled in the Cotswolds with her hard-partying, sharp-tongued past.
Here, producer Greg Kurstin offers a slick, melodic update of her last album’s radio-friendly electronic sound (complete with gratuitous use of Auto-Tune), over which Allen riffs on everything from celebrity culture (‘Insincerely Yours’), to the media’s preoccupation with her upbringing (‘Silver Spoon’), to the joys of married life (‘As Long as I Got You’). Crucially, her trademark wry rhymes can still raise a smile. ‘I feel fly. I’m rockin’ Kenzo,’ she sings on ‘Our Time’. ‘I’ll get high but I ain’t doin’ Benzos.’ Who else could come up with a couplet like that? ‘Sheezus’ isn’t a total triumph, but it’s great to have her back all the same. What do you think of ‘Sheezus’? Let us know in the comments box below or tweet us at @TimeOutMusic.
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