December 16, 2018
07:00 PM - 11PM

After a decade of being a pop star, with two number one albums, three number one singles and over five million records sold, Lily Allen is back with No Shame, her most personal, insightful and fully-formed record to date. No Shame marks a kind of rebirth for Lily, who went back to the drawing board after several tumultuous years, eventually producing a beautifully raw and truthful set of classic pop songs that take her right back to the DIY spirit of her first two albums, Alright, Still (2006) and It’s Not Me, It’s You (2011)

“On album one and two, I had finally found an outlet in which to express who I was, and who I thought I was,” Lily explains. “And then I had children and I got married, and I didn’t know any more.” In the confusing period that followed the release of her third album, Sheezus, in 2014, Lily jokes that she had her midlife crisis. “When people say I grew up too quickly, I definitely did. Life begins at 40 – but at 32, for me.”

For No Shame, she knew it was time to take it back to basics. The record has been four years in the making, beginning life in 2015 in a rented house in Los Angeles, where she and long-time collaborator and friend Fryars focused purely on writing songs, before bringing what they’d done back to London, where Lily set up her own studio space. “It was good to start with Fryars, then bring it here and sit with them on my own, and not feel the pressure of someone else in the room, thinking, ‘When’s she going to write something?’ I wanted to think about it, and I want to make it sound as real as possible. That stuff takes time to figure out.”