Aww, sad flower! Brit-pop bad girl Lily Allen’s usual naughty, filter-less backtalk is nowhere to be found on the new B-side from February’s It’s Not Me, It’s You. “Why is my phone full of so many numbers / And why doesn’t anyone call? / Maybe they think I’m always too busy / Or maybe I’ve no friends at all,” she sighs mournfully over plinking strings and sweeping orchestra swells. Listen below:
Tell me, Mixers, doesn’t it sound like one of those forlorn little ditties that lonely animated Disney heroines sing to their only true friend, a tiny dormouse/hermit crab/bluebird, before the prince/sultan/beast-who-is-really-a-prince-or-a-sultan swoops in to the rescue? (Minus, perhaps, the reference to ingesting massive quantities of ecstasy?)
Do you like the more vulnerable Lily, showcased here and on certain softer bits of INMIY? Or do you prefer it when she sticks to the alpha-girl sauce, on numbers like “Never Gonna Happen” and “F— You”?