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The Fear

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Embarrassing chat show host, drug spokeswoman, winner of the 2008 Nipple Flasher Of The Year Award: it’s easy to forget what Lily Allen was famous for in the first place. And comeback single ‘The Fear’ does little to help lyrically – its obsessions are celebrity culture, tabloid exposure, the hunt for size zero and a lust for diamonds. But whether bird-flipping autobiography or statement on the vacuity of tabloid-stapledom, thank Christ the tune’s a stonker: pastoral ’lectro-pop with a sunbeam-on-your-face chorus, just like Sugababes used to make.

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