No Shame

Lily Allen - No Shame
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2018 Ratings: #383 / 611
User Score
Based on 151 ratings
2018 Ratings: #322
June 8, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The Line of Best Fit

This record comes four years after Sheezus, and the time and space Lily has taken out has created a masterpiece. Ballads stand side by side with dance beats; rappers, dancehall and afrobeat singers feature alongside production from Mark Ronson, Ezra Koenig and Fryars – yet it all comes together into a smooth and succinct tale of finding your identity after a crisis.

83
Consequence of Sound

With No Shame, Allen has eschewed making an Irish exit from her days as a party girl and instead delivered a eulogy that gracefully buries the past while continuing to seek the sunshine of the future.

80
NME

By the end, it’s hard to deny No Shame represents the woman who made it: it’s a smart, self-aware and compellingly imperfect record with a pretty unique point of view.

80
The Independent

Following a four-year hiatus from music and the release of her last record Sheezus, which received lukewarm reviews - No Shame is a return to form in every sense: a confident, well-produced and deeply personal work.

80
Dork
After trying to be the loud, proud, social commentator people said they wanted on ‘Sheezus’, ‘No Shame’ is Lily being herself, for herself. And there’s nothing more powerful.
80
The Telegraph

It is as if one of the saddest albums you will ever hear is masquerading as a set of party hits. Nevertheless, No Shame should be compulsory listening for every young wannabe who still thinks pop stardom will be a panacea for all their problems.

80
The Guardian

No Shame is a slightly odd album, where the horror of divorce is laid bare next to cheery pledges of everlasting love, where stuff wrapped in cliche coexists with songs that are painfully honest and revealing. Still, as Allen would doubtless point out, she never claimed to be perfect. What she is, No Shame strongly suggests, is ready and able to tough it out.

80
God Is in the TV

It’s unlikely that No Shame will repeat her earlier commercial success, but it’s her most satisfying and focused release.

80
Clash
Sometimes its hard to separate the art from the artist, but Lily Allen has once again drawn upon brutally honest and painfully raw experiences from her own personal life to create an all-encompassing and emotive sonic journey that keeps your finger firmly on the repeat button. Absolutely nothing to be ashamed of here.
80
Spectrum Culture

Hardly a collection of feel-good anthems, No Shame is the work of an artist who has been through some heavy shit and managed to come out the other side with a newfound perspective on life. It won’t win any new fans and will likely draw its fair share of criticism, but No Shame is a deceptively powerful album that, though tough to take in one sitting, is richly rewarding in its emotional complexity.

70
Loud and Quiet
In its ebb and flow ‘No Shame’ has the honesty of an artist emerging from beneath the weight of carrying other’s opinions and starting to rediscover her own identity; an artist sharpening her songwriting and bringing some much-needed punch to our pop.
70
Rolling Stone

No Shame might sound placid on its surface, but a closer listen reveals that as her sonics have become more gentle, Allen's truth bombs have become even more explosive.

70
Exclaim!

It hasn't been an easy couple of years for Allen, which we're sure to hear more about when her memoir is released this fall, but until then, No Shame is exactly what it says it is — an album where all is revealed, even the unpleasant parts.

70
AllMusic
It's music for reflection, and coming from an artist who made snark her specialty, that's a step forward.
70
PopMatters

The sweet vocals and minimalistic, low-key production are never a full-on party on No Shame, but there's enough infusion of dancehall, reggae, grime, and R&B stylings to let loose. That is, if you're able to let loose ironically while still reflecting on all the hardships life presents.

67
Pretty Much Amazing
It is an album far less fun than her previous ones, but that’s the point: Allen’s a bit tired of fun, and isn’t afraid to admit that “fun” can sometimes be the source of your troubles.
63
Pitchfork

If Sheezus was Allen at her most ironic, Allen’s new album marks a return to sincerity—and its assessments of motherhood, failing relationships, and infamy are penetrating. Sadly, these potent themes are often diluted by antiseptic production.

60
musicOMH
This is a deeply personal album; it’s the sound and pen of an artist who’s grown up in the public eye rewriting – or reaffirming – her identity. But that honesty sometimes comes at a cost. It’s heavy stuff, that at times feels more like an emotional release than an album she wants people to enjoy.
60
DIY
Overall ... ‘No Shame’ goes a long way to restoring Lily’s previous position at the top end of pop’s pile. She’s not quite there yet, but after a wobble that could have sunk lesser personalities, she’s found a sound that feels authentic again. And that’ll do for now.
60
The Observer

Though No Shame ultimately feels more like a transition than a reinvention, it’s good to see Allen coming back for seconds.

50
A.V. Club
This is a prettier, more heartfelt record than Sheezus, but only a slightly better one.
35
Under The Radar
Over the course of the whole record, the lethargic tempos, lack of style, and the uninspired songwriting become a bit tiring. So the album as a whole is a disappointment for someone with so much talent and potential.
mokitsu
43
maybe 'trigger bang' - honest, raw and most of all, fun - set the bar too high for the rest of the record, but i can't help but feel disappointed and bored listening to this album, which is a few tracks too long and despite having great lyrics, lacks compelling production
zeyadreda
53
I love her very much, and i have no clue why.
The_Backdrifter
71
Miss Allen's comeback is smart, enjoyable and melancholic. Even though it can feel a bit predictable.
Lufeboy
69
Não é o melhor trabalho de Lily, mas nem o pior. O ponto forte nesse álbum é a sua composição, que, quando vem de Lily Allen, não surpreende a ninguém – justamente por ser muito boa.
idkheri5
90
So simple and raw. I love it!
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Track List

  1. Come On Then
  2. Trigger Bang (feat. Giggs)
  3. What You Waiting For
  4. Your Choice (feat. Burna Boy)
  5. Lost My Mind
  6. Higher
  7. Family Man
  8. Apples
  9. Three
  10. Everything to Feel Something
  11. Waste (feat. Lady Chann)
  12. My One
  13. Pushing Up Daisies
  14. Cake
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Added on: March 8, 2018