Lily Allen has recorded two original songs for the soundtrack to family adventure film Pan, a CGI-fuelled Peter Pan prequel starring Hugh Jackman, and they’re certainly fit for purpose.
Both were written with Keane’s Tim Rice-Oxley, and alongside her cover of his band’s breakthrough single ‘Somewhere Only We Know’, which Allen recorded for John Lewis’ 2013 Christmas TV advert, they’re surely the most wholesome recordings she’s ever put her name to. ‘Something’s Not Right’ is a wistful piano ballad which manages to sound cinematic without piling on too many syrupy strings or slipping into schmaltz. Although Allen is shadowed by a sweet-sounding children’s choir, it’s actually a pretty restrained affair. Meanwhile, ‘Little Soldier’ is a gently tribal electro-pop track which sounds a bit like Major Lazer for pre-schoolers. Think of it as an innocent younger cousin to previous Lily Allen electro bangers like ‘L8 CMMR’ and ‘Back To The Start’.
Naturally, the lyrics to both songs are perfectly respectable too – there’s nothing about periods or wet patches here, only misty-eyed regret on ‘Something’s Not Right’ (“We had forever/We never got it together”) and friendly togetherness on ‘Little Soldiers’ (“We could be family/You’ll be comfortable”). Though Allen’s generally at her most compelling when she’s being edgy and outspoken, these songs show off the incredible purity of her voice and also reveal a different yet entirely viable side to the singer. Let’s not forget that as well as being the kind of firebrand who’ll slag off everything from Tidal to her own album, Lily Allen is also a mum bringing up two children under the age of five.