It’s funny how some British artists completely mask their accents in song while others sing it like they speak it. Is this a deliberate choice in either direction? Or is it the luck of the draw? And if it is a deliberate choice, in which direction?
In other words, do the non-accented singers (like, say, Bono) go out of their way to sound “American,” perhaps in the interest of U.S. sales? Or do the accented singers (like today’s choice, Lily Allen) play up their natural accents in song for effect?
I don’t know that there’s a definitive answer to this question, and I certainly don’t intend to attempt an answer now. My hunch is that the singers masking their accent are doing it on purpose. What do you think?
As for Lily Allen, I adore her cockney accent. If she’s playing it up for effect, the effect is a marvelous one (I particularly love her pronunciation of the word “dirt” in this song). I can’t imagine her album (Allright, Still) being half as effective without it.
This song is the softest on the album, and the closest to a ballad. The repeated piano motif that plays under her vocals was cribbed from an Emmanuel movie, and it’s a perfect touch. Allright, Still is filled with perfect touches, and it’s one of my favorite albums of the past few years. I can’t wait to see what Allen comes up with next.