Inspired by Kanye West’s own Yeezus, the follow-up to 2009’s It’s Not Me, It’s You addresses a number of social issues, including sexism and misogyny in the music industry, and features Allen flaunting her trademark wit and acerbic lyricism. The album is preceded by the singles “Hard Out Here”, “L8 CMMR”, “Air Balloon”, “Our Time”, and the title track which name-checks pop stars Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.
Allen commented on the album, saying:
“I wanted the album to be called Sheezus before I had a song with that title. The word inspired the song, and “divas” rhymes with “Sheezus.” I was really working backwards. Then I had to figure out a message. It starts off with me being quite scared about coming back. I’m really a sensitive person, and I take that on.
I don’t like being compared to other people because I’m quite aware that there are people who are far more talented and have better singing voices than me. I don’t like being put in the same category as people because we have the same genitals and boobs. Nobody is going to write “Lily Allen vs. Ed Sheeran.” It just doesn’t happen.
Pre-orders for the album are ongoing. Below, watch the video for “Sheezus” the single:
03. Air Balloon
04. Our Time
05. Insincerely Ours
06. Take My Place
07. As Long As I Got You
08. URL Badman
09. Silver Spoon
10. The Life For Me
11. Hard Out Here