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Lily Allen Doesn’t Miss a Beat at Terminal 5

September 24th, 2014

Lily Allen – Terminal 5 – September 23, 2014

Lily Allen – Terminal 5 – September 23, 2014
On the 10-year anniversary of penning “Smile,” the song that would cement Lily Allen’s place in the pop scene, the British singer opened her show last night at a sold-out Terminal 5 drenched in sequins. The stage had been transformed into a toddler’s playground surrounded by larger-than-life baby bottles that lit up the venue in a rainbow of colors. Allen first entered our lives with a distinctly wry wit, donning baggy tracksuits and a ballsy attitude. She made creepin’ sound cute and her unpolished pop had a childish sensibility, which made her fans fall in love with her.

A decade on, Allen has matured into a more developed songwriter with her 2013 LP, Sheezus, however her playfulness is still front and center. One of the early surprises of the night was a cover of R&B princess Jhené Aiko’s slow burner, “The Worst.” Straying from its original version and instead mashed up with a little drum and bass and reggae, Allen’s megahit “Smile” had the crowd singing along. If it sounds odd, it sort of was but no one seemed to care. The real highlight was Allen’s dedication to “the divorced bank accountant” with her fearlessly crude hit “Fuck You.”

With all the baby paraphernalia on hand, anyone in attendance could have expected that at any moment we were going to be sung lullabies and rocked to sleep. But instead, the performance was packed with energy and punchy lyrics, and the pop diva didn’t miss a beat. In her fourth and final costume change, Allen closed the show with Sheezus favorite “Hard Out Here,” giving the night a truly anthemic send-off. —Pip Cowley

Photos courtesy of Greg Pallante | gregpallante.com

(Lily Allen plays Terminal 5 again tonight.)