Sheezus [Deluxe Edition]

Sheezus [Deluxe Edition]

by Lily AllenLily Allen
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At her best, Lily Allen operates just at the edge of a crowd, slyly and snidely passing judgment from a safe distance. That sense of remove remains on Sheezus, her overdue third album, but she's no longer an observer; she's an outsider longing to be inside. Blame it on her extended hiatus. Allen lay silent for a half decade, choosing to pursue a family life instead of the pop charts, but now that she's primed for a comeback, she's ready to ruffle some feathers, baiting Kanye West with her album title, sweetening M.I.A.'s style for "Air Balloon," and taking swipes at Rihanna, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Lorde, and Lady Gaga on the album's title track. The subtext is clear: Allen is no provincial pop star; she belongs in the big leagues. There are glints of Lily's satirical swagger and casual craft, but Sheezus also finds her sneering at and borrowing from modern R&B ("Silver Spoon," "Hard Out Here"), while also finding her writing many songs about her husband, warning all other females to not give him so much as a second look ("L8 Cmmr"). The best moments come unexpectedly: "Insincerely Yours" slides along to a yacht-soul groove, "Life for Me" cleverly twists Vampire Weekend's Graceland obsessions, and although the target of an Internet troll is beneath her, the barbs on "URL Badman" are sharpened. [A Deluxe Edition added three bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/2014
Label: Wb / Parlophone
UPC: 0825646307708
catalogNumber: 542491
Rank: 192271

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lily Allen   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kevin Dukes   Dobro,Lap Steel Guitar
Greg Kurstin   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Accordion,Drums,Keyboards
Fraser T. Smith   Guitar,Keyboards
Tim Rice-Oxley   Piano,Background Vocals
Aaron Sterling   Drums
Ladonna Harley Peters   Background Vocals
Ben Esser   Percussion,Drums
Ash Soan   Drums
Shellback   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Paul Beard   Percussion,Piano
DJ Dahi   Keyboards
Paul Sayer   Acoustic Guitar
Alex Burey   Guitar
Sam Skirrow   Bass Guitar
Benjamin Garrett   Bass,Piano

Technical Credits

Kevin Dukes   Engineer
Greg Kurstin   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Mike Reeves   Engineer
James Banbury   String Arrangements
Fraser T. Smith   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Todd Interland   Management
Tom Chaplin   Composer
Tim Rice-Oxley   Composer
Aimee Phillips   Art Direction
Aaron Sterling   Drum Engineering
Lily Allen   Composer,Art Direction
Jesse Shatkin   Engineer
Graham Archer   Engineer
FrYars   Producer
Alex Pasco   Engineer
Shellback   Composer,Programming,Producer
Paul Beard   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Mike Horner   Engineer
Karen Poole   Composer
Richard Welland   Art Direction
DJ Dahi   Programming,Producer
Richard Hughes   Composer
Dacoury Natche   Composer
Matt Doughty   Vocal Engineer
Julian Burg   Engineer
Will Hicks   Vocal Engineer
Rice-Oxley   Composer
Michael Whitham   Contributor
Benjamin Garrett   Composer,Programming,Instrumentation

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