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Lily Allen's 'Sheezus' review: Can't match Kanye

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Lily Allen's "Sheezus" album. Credit: Regal/Parlophone

If Lily Allen wanted to create the female equivalent of Kanye West's "Yeezus," she really needed to come out swinging.

On "Sheezus" (Parlophone), Allen has her moments. "There's a glass ceiling to break, there's money to make," she fiercely declares on "Hard Out Here," which sounds a bit like she's channeling Rick James and super-freaking out. She cleverly takes on angry anonymous bloggers with "URL Badman" and admirably tries to psych herself up on the title track by name-checking her competitors.

However, throwaways like the poppy "Life for Me" and the soppy cover of Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know" seem aimed at broad appeal and detract from her point.


LILY ALLEN

"Sheezus"

GRADE B

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BOTTOM LINE Hedging her bets when she should go all-in.

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