British lyrical queen Lily Allen is finally over her ‘I’m never making music again’ mood and has returned with two new songs within a week.
The first being her cover of Keane’s Somewhere Only We Know which is for this John Lewis Christmas advert called ‘The Bear and the Hare’
Something Only We Know official single cover
Lily’s cover is a soft and really warm version of the song. Her sweet vocals make a non-Christmas song feel all festive. The song has been totally stripped down to just her vocals and a piano.
“Somewhere Only We Know” is the first new track we had heard from Lily since her 2009 album “It’s Not Me, It’s You” that hasn’t been a feature track. Lily told all her fans via her Twitter.
I don’t know about you, but it may only be mid November but this track got me in the Christmas mood real early.
The song has also got off to a great start in the charts with it just being released on Sunday (10/11/13) and already #1 on iTunes. Looks like Lily might be returning right at the top of the charts!
Overall track rating: 8/10
Hard Out Here official single cover
“Hard Out Here” is the 2nd new song from Lily we have heard within a week. The song and video both premiered on her website yesterday (12/11/13) and was part of a quiz to unlock the site with the questions being on her Twitter.
The song and video is just classic Lily. Sarcastic, funny and honest. The beginning of the video is Lily having liposuction after having her two children. After we see Lily get off the hospital bed and break into a dance routine (which we have never seen before!!) with dancers behind her. The video continues to make fun of women’s stereotype’s, like women in kitchens, having to show skin in music videos to sell and girls dancing by flashy cars, which is seen in many hip-hop videos.
The highlight of the video “Lily Allen has a baggy pussy” which is referenced from Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines which has “Robin Thicke has a big dick” in his video.
Rolling Stone described it as “A feminist anthem through and through”. The title may be a play on Three 6 Mafia’s Oscar-winning 2005 song “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp”.
The song is similar to her 2009 #1 ‘The Fear’ where she’s talking about how people get carried about with fame and get sucked into the celebrity life style.
The song is being released on UK iTunes on Monday (18/11/13). Could this be another iTunes #1 for Mrs. Lil?
Overall track rating: 9/10