hmv's Albums of 2014: Lily Allen
Every day throughout January we're going to be previewing 2014's biggest records. Today we focus on Lily Allen and her long-awaited comeback...
A little background…
After her ‘retirement’ from music in 2010, Lily Allen returned last year with her first new single for 3 years, ‘Hard Out Here’, complete with a Robin Thicke-mocking video that, ironically, met with criticism for being ‘sexist’. Not that the singer is a stranger to controversy…
She also dueted with Robbie Williams on his recent album Swings Both Ways and recorded a version of Keane’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ for last year’s John Lewis Christmas ad campaign – a track which the singer has since distanced herself from, telling Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw: “I can’t listen to the song. I’ve got to be honest, it’s quite shrill.”
What’s it called?
The title is still not confirmed at the time of writing. However, in an interview with Q Magazine late last year Allen suggested she had been throwing a few ideas around – one of which was ‘Illuminaughty’ – although she did concede that she didn’t think this would “make the cut.”
What will it sound like?
Allen has described the new album as ”dreamy sounding, derived from trip-hop, while some of it is more electronic pop” also discussing some the lyrical subject matter in the new tracks, which are understood to include a song tackling her miscarriage in 2010, as well as another called ‘Chipping Norton’ written about David Cameron, Rebekah Brooks and the phone-hacking scandal. Musically speaking, it’s expected to be an evolution of her sound rather than a radical departure.
Who’s producing it? Are there any big name guests?
Allen has confirmed she has been working with producer and songwriter Greg Kurstin, who has worked with the artist before and spent 2013 working with the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry. Other collaborators are rumoured to include Kid Harpoon and DJ Dahi.
Will it really come out this year? And when?
It’s looking pretty nailed-on for a release in 2014, with rumours circulating it could be ready for release as early as March this year, but as yet there has still been no confirmation from the artist or her label.