Lily Allen: “Sheezus”
by Alexandra Watts
Note: Before you read this, please watch the video for “Sheezus.” Also, pay attention to the lyrics, as they’re great and essential in understanding the song.
It’s time for story time.
(Read in a Morgan Freeman voice, please)
“Once upon a time, in ye olde’ dazed days of 2006, lived a girl of 12 years who was on the precipice of a fascination with music. While at this time, her music lexicon was not as large as it would later come to be, this was an age of change. Some of her favorite artists of the contemporary era were introduced to her during this time; among them – The Cardigans, Amy Winehouse, and her favorite, Lily Allen.”
I first heard of Lily Allen when she was making her debut in the United States. Before hand, she had gained popularity on Myspace (which I wan’t allowed to have). “Smile” was then released and is now known as the tune that got her mainstream attention, and, thus, we welcomed Lily Allen on to our radio stations, iPods, and music library.
(Read the next part in a Gary Oldman voice)
“Twelve years in the future, Lily Allen is still around. Coming off of the release of “Hard Out Here” in 2013, Lily Allen is back with “Sheezus,” which is, of course, a play on “Yeezus.”
Okay, so there are a lot of things to say about “Sheezus.” It can be pulled apart and then pulled apart again. However a quick dissection will suffice in a better understanding of both Allen and her songs.
Allen has always has a sharp perception of the world around here, working with elements of satire mixed with a brass, yet honest, view of the world. She has focused on pop culture in many of her songs. In “The Fear,” an underrated track from her sophomore effort, Allen sings about being afraid of not maintaing a position with money, fame, and looks, fears that are probably valid for a ton of actresses at the moment.
Allen also parodied the nature of the music industry and popular music in “Hard Out Here.” She calls out the male dominated scene and proudly states her girl power. The pop culture references and girl power follow Allen on to her newest release, “Sheezus,” which is in reference to Kanye West’s “Yeezus.”
“Sheezus” has multiple pop culture references, separate from the title. For example, Allen mentions pop-divas Lorde, Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Beyoncé. She admires their girl power and compliments them by not taking second best. Allen wants to be the Sheezus to the group, as she grabs inspiration from their independent ways.
Many individuals who listen to Lily Allen will in turn, take inspiration from her. She sings about relevant topics, and doesn’t sugar-coat what she sees. However, she is not outwardly terrible or mean about her thoughts. She is an honest voice.
Allen’s honesty is apparent in this song. One of the hooks talks about how females get their periods. It’s an interesting lyric that probably will shock some individuals. But it shouldn’t be shocking. Lily Allen is celebrating how wonderful women are, and everything that happens to them.
Messages aside, the song is a sibling of Allen’s other songs. The lyrics manage to be both witty and easy to sing-along to. After a first listen, you will get addicted to this song. You will listen to it again and again…and possibly, again.
The song is off of Allen’s new album, which is also called “Sheezus.” The other songs that have been released have been catchy, as well. Even though it has been awhile since Lily Allen graced us with a new song, “Sheezus” will be well worth the wait. I never stopped being a Lily Allen, but when the album is released, I plan on becoming a tad more obsessed with her artistry again.
(Read these closing thoughts in a Don Draper giving a pitch voice)
“Lily Allen is not just music. When somebody listens to her music, they’re not just using their ears. They’re having an experience and relating to an individual who represents not only them, but their thoughts, reactions, and humanity. Lily Allen knows this. Sheezus is tongue-in-cheek, but the satire makes her more relatable. We are Lily Allen.”