Lily Allen has always had a knack for attracting unworthy and/or untrustworthy men. But surely much to their eventual frustration, she also has a way of incisively purging them through song.
Three years on from her divorce from Sam Cooper, her first new album in four years, No Shame (out June 8 through Warner), seems a long awaited catharsis. And assigning it four stars out of five, NME called it “smart, self-aware and compellingly imperfect.” So, pretty much Lily at her most essential, then.
A particularly poignant pre-album single, “Lost My Mind,” is another compelling work of emotional release, with Ms. Allen opening up, “Once or twice I’ve seen your soul / We weren’t always strangers / And now I’m getting closer / To the other side,” over a languid but thoroughly captivating groove. It’s one of her best to date.
And having spent the last few years focusing on raising her two young daughters, she will at last be returning to North American stages – launching a 22-date tour in Santa Ana on October 5. For our part, we’re counting down the days.