Lily Allen is back on stage, but how did the Sheezus songstress do on her live return?
We’ve known for a while now that Lily Allen is back on the music scene, but on Sunday she returned to the stage with a gig at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire to launch her Sheezus album.
Lily Allen on stage at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire
Dressed in a chiffon pink ruffled crop top by Ashish along with some very glittery jogging bottoms. The ‘Hard Out Here’ singer wore her hair in a high ponytail as she took to the London stage. Tube strikes weren’t enough to keep Lily’s fans or famous friends away from her live comeback and father Keith Allen and husband Sam Cooper were both on hand to lend their support to the Sheezus star.
At her ‘comeback’ gig Allen showcased new music from her Sheezus album as well as adding in a few of her classic tracks such as ‘LDN’ and ‘Not Fair’. Allen, who retired from music in 2009 has certainly come back with a bang in the past few months. Whilst her musical output so far might have divided critics (and even Lily herself), the general consensus seems to be that people are glad to see her back, even if it is just to stir up a little controversy.
It's 'Hard Out Here' on stage for Lily Allen
So how did Lily’s live return go down with the critics? Well the reception, as expected, has been mixed. The Guardian gave her four out of five stars, calling Sheezus a “sparkling and vibrant affair” and making particular mention of Lily’s twearking ‘Hard out Here’ backing dancers whom they said “hammered the song's message home.” Digital Spy where similarly complimentary of Allen calling her live return a “proper was a smooth affair”, adding that '‘The Fear' still holds its title as one of the best British pop songs of the noughties.”
On the other side, The Telegraph’s Alice Vincent was less than impressed by the returning Allen, feeling that the gig “fell felt”. Her review also noted that “Allen had the spangly outfits (holographic trousers, a gold slouchy suit, even a nod to the prom dresses of her debut), but not the vocals to match.”
Lily's live return was generally well recieved by critics
For her first proper gig in five years, Lily seems to have proven most of her critics wrong. Once you ignore the controversial quotes and often questionable imagery, it seems Allen still does have enough to say in her music to make her a viable artist in 2014. While the Lily Allen comeback might be a few months along now, with her live return and the release of Sheezus Lily might finally be reestablishing herself as an artist rather than a quotable celebrity, and that’s worth celebrating.