No Shame

Lily Allen - No Shame
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2018 Ratings: #531 / 735
User Score
Based on 256 ratings
2018 Ratings: #505
June 8, 2018 / Release Date
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Electropop, R&B / Genres
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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.

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.


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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.
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.


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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.
The Observer

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

A.V. Club
This is a prettier, more heartfelt record than Sheezus, but only a slightly better one.
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.
Fuck, I don’t have any specific beef with Lily Allen. I bloody love her old stuff. ‘The Fear’ is an absolutely perfect record; dancey, funny, insouciant, clever. Put it on now. This album though? For god sake, you keep thinking: keep this shit to yourself.
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
I heard the first two tracks and couldn’t understand what all the hate was about, and then I heard the rest of the record. A real melting pot of different styles, none of then done well. Lily Allen is content being mediocre/sub-par at a large variety of contemporary styles instead of honing in on a few key ones and fleshing them out. I appreciate her more personal lyrics about marriage, growth and womanhood, but as a whole the album is somehow simultaneously a bore and jarring, the ... read more
Come On Then - 10
Trigger Bang - 10
What You Waiting For - 9
Your Choice - 8
Lost My Mind - 10
Higher - 9
Family Man - 8
Apples - 8
Three - 8
Everything to Feel Something - 8
Waste - 8
My One - 8
Pushing Up Daisies - 8
Cake - 10
Lily is one of my favorites nowadays pop artist. She has this style of mixing humorous lyrics in a very commercial way, just see her first two albuns, both really good, the jamaican-influenced colorful pop in "Alright, Still" and the tongue-sharp electropop in "It's Not Me, It's You". In her new album after the not great "Sheezus", Lily seems to have found a new type of sound. No Shame is Lily's most personal album, touching a lot of her life events, like drug ... read more
I love her very much, and i have no clue why.
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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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