Lily Allen returned at the tail end of 2017 with her first single in three years, “Trigger Bang” featuring English rapper Giggs. It turns out the British pop songwriter has much more up her sleeve this year: Her fourth album, titled No Shame, is officially due out in June.
“It’s the best album I can make,” Lily told Beats 1 of sharing her first album since 2014’s Sheezus. “There haven’t been any outside sources telling me what’s right and wrong, what’s going to work for radio and what isn’t, so that’s really great. That also means when it comes out, it’s my fault.”
On this blessed #NewMusicFriday (March 9), she’s shared two more tracks from the project. First up is a sunny pop song called “Higher,” which features some opening lines from British MC Meridian Dan, and sees Lily laying down some feather-light vocals across delicate acoustics and a dancehall-tinged beat. “I can’t take this down to the wire/ Soon see if I fight fire with fire,” she sings. “Dig that grave/ You’re such a bad liar/ Stakes gettin’ higher and higher and higher and higher.” Sometimes less is more and that’s exactly what’s happening here.
Then there’s “Three,” a much more raw affair as far as production is concerned. “Please don’t go, stay here with me/ It’s not my fault/ I’m only three/ I’m only three…,” Lily softly croons ontop of the minimalist piano-driven melody. It’s a heartfelt piano ballad written from the perspective of her three year-old and it’s heartbreakingly beautiful.
This project is already shaping up to be miles better than Sheezus and could very well turn out to be one of her very best works to date. You’ve been missed Lily – Welcome back!