“The Fear,” the first single off Lily Allen’s sophomore disc, It’s Not Me, It’s You (due early February), attacks the celebrity culture that has people taking their “clothes off” for “fuckloads of diamonds.” This, of course, is the same culture that Allen, the daughter of showbizzers who put her in films and on TV before she could walk, was born into, and perpetuates now with her clothing line and talk show. But when she sings “I don’t know what’s right and what’s real,” it’s a total Behind the Music moment. Plus, the rest of lyrics are actually quite funny, and the song’s production is glittery and propulsive. Talk about a guilty pleasure.
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