The media chit-chat surrounding Lily Allen's new album 'It's Not Me, It's You' has been going on for so long it's easy to forget that it hasn't actually been on sale - until today (February 9).
The record has received near-universal acclaim - but am I the only one who senses some critics' hearts aren't quite in it? Alexis Petridis in The Guardian gave it four stars but, beyond the top-line rating, his review was weirdly non-committal, pointing out Allen's "limitations as a lyricist" while praising her "inarguable melodies".
Similarly, Johnny Davis in Q dished out four stars, but admitted that Allen's ongoing "enthusiasm for singing the shopping list" could be grating. In line with pretty much every other review, Davis quotes the line about spending ages giving head ('Not Fair'), taking it as illustrative of the album's straight-talking, no-bullshit tone.
Our own 8/10 review was less equivocal, although Krissi Murison conceded it was likely to be a love-or-hate record, "destined to divide listeners further into Lily deriders and devotees".
Meanwhile, Uncut voiced a rare note of dissent with their one-star write-up, Stephen Trousse slamming the album as "an extended moan about tabloid culture, chemical burn-out, crap shags and societal hypocrisy".
You can watch Lily Allen discuss 'It's Not Me, It's You' in our series of video interviews - and you can stream it in full at myspace.com/lilyallen.
So… now you've heard it, what are your thoughts? An improvement on 'Alright, Still'? Or have the reviewers given the album too much of an easy ride?