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.

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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.




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