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Lily Allen: '22'

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Lily Allen: '22'
Released on Monday, Aug 24 2009

Between the chatshow gig, modelling jobs and forays into the jewellery business, it's easy to forget that Lily Allen lists "popstar" as her day job. Thankfully, she's now taking a break from her ceaseless Twittering to release '22', the third single from her sophomore album It's Not Me, It's You.

A song about a Bridget Jones-type everywoman, albeit five years younger and much more angsty, it features some of Allen's best ever lyrics. "It's sad but it's true how society says her life is already over," she sings, pondering a girl in a dead-end job, approaching 30 and still dreaming of Mr Right. It's a shame, then, that the track is undermined slightly by Allen's nursery rhyme melodies, which were original and quirky in 2007 but are now starting to lose their charm.


> Click here to read our review of It's Not Me, It's You

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