Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Get Mesmerized by Lily Allen's "Sheezus" Video

Posted by on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Yesterday, I was horrified by Avril Lavigne's new video. Today, I'm in love with the new video for Lily Allen's "Sheezus."

First of all, it's a delightful video. The animation keeps everything visually interesting, and Allen's literal in-your-facedness is refreshing, too—she's aggressive and happy and menacing and inviting and snotty from moment to moment. But the song is pretty great, too. Besides the obvious Kanye West ripoff of the title, the chorus involves a battle royale between Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Lorde, and Rihanna. It's at once a dis track and a mockery of tabloid culture, where only one woman can be at the top of the pop charts at a time. Allen somehow manages to strike a pose and mock that pose at the exact same time.

Like all of Allen's work, I don't think "Sheezus" will age well, but it's exactly what pop radio needs right now: A laid-back, sarcastic track full of personality and swagger. It's not the song of the summer, but it'll get me through spring just fine.


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Sadly, the lyrics will keep it off pop radio.

Meanwhile, the lying, hateful, rabble-rousing seditious bastards of talk radio have free reign. The FCC sucks.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on April 23, 2014 at 3:30 PM · Report this
delirian 2
Lily Allen is underrated. She isn't a St. Vincent or Fiona Apple or anything. But compared to most pop starlets, she is quite clever.
Posted by delirian on April 23, 2014 at 3:59 PM · Report this
FTW999 3
She should have stayed "retired."
Posted by FTW999 on April 23, 2014 at 4:23 PM · Report this
stinkbug 4
fwiw, she claims the title is a homage to West, not the "ripoff" you claim.
Posted by stinkbug on April 23, 2014 at 4:38 PM · Report this
NotSean 5
@2 I like her too.
Posted by NotSean on April 23, 2014 at 5:06 PM · Report this

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