Lily Allen: Live Last Night


Live Last Night

Lily Allen was full of cigs and giggles at the 9:30 club on Friday night. When the English pop star wasn't singing, she lavished the crowd with her girlish laughter and second-hand smoke, and also pranced around in a tiny romper and demurely called out drink orders.

"Would it be possible to have a drink?" Allen sweetly asked one of her assistants. "Alcoholic-based? Or alcohol-based--that was a Freudian slip, wasn't it?"

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Such cheeky asides were a welcome counterbalance to material from Allen's new album, "It's Not Me, It's You." The recording is more mature than Allen's saucy 2007 debut, "Alright, Still" -- r at least more in keeping with a twenty-something woman's idea of what is mature.

"He Wasn't There" is an indictment of Allen's absentee dad; "Chinese" is a wistful song about missing her mum and wanting to spend a day with her watching television and eating take-out; "Him" asks questions about God; and "The Fear" explores insecurity.

Although Allen is trying hard to announce her adulthood, she still excels at pithy, childish anti-love songs, such as "Never Gonna Happen," a kiss-off set to polka music, and "Back to the Start," a kiss-off set to a frantic electro beat.

After she ran through "LDN" and "Smile," from her first disc, Allen capped off her show with a move that perfectly drove home her whole "not a girl, not yet a woman" attitude: she borrowed from the queen of that aesthetic, Britney Spears, with a rollicking cover of "Womanizer," and commanded everyone to dance.

-- SARAH GODFREY

By J. Freedom du Lac |  April 19, 2009; 9:32 PM ET Live Last Night
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