Last Night: Lily Allen at the Ogden Theatre
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Some lyricists bury a song's meaning in metaphors or subtleties, which sometimes leaves a lot more room for interpretation. Lily Allen, on the other hand, shoots from the hip. She's blunt and she'll tell you what's what in plain English, whether it be about bad relationships, fame, drugs or God.
You gotta hand it to the 23-year-old British singer for being so blunt and not hiding behind such things. Now if only some of that boldness, sass and snark came through in her stage performance. The girl put on a pretty good show, but she just seemed a bit lax about the whole thing.
Allen came out strong with the bass-heavy "Everyone's at It," did an awesome version of "LDN" in the middle and closed the hour-long set with some energetic take on the countrified "Not Fair." In between, she got the folks in the crowd raising their middle fingers on her anti-George W. song "Fuck You." But everything else, save for "Smile" and "The Fear" during the encore, almost seemed like filler.
Before singing "Him," Allen said it was a bit awkward singing the song in Salt Lake City the night before because the tune was about God: "Do you think he's ever taken smack or cocaine?/I don't imagine he's ever been suicidal." She dedicated "Who'd Have Known" to people who've just fallen in love, pointing out a couple near the stage who were wrapped in each other arms. "But not for long," she noted.
For the encore, Allen came out wearing shorts and a t-shirt with "Geek!" printed on it, and went out swinging with "Smile" and "The Fear." She should have ended the set there rather than going into "Womanizer" by Britney Spears. Oh well.
Personal Bias: I really wanted to like to this show, but I was a bit underwhelmed.
Random Detail: "Everyone's at It" was listed as "Everyone's a Tit" on the set list.
By the Way: Seattle's electro popsters Natalie Portman's Shave Head opened the show with an incredibly energetic set.
Everyone's at It
I Could Say
Never Gonna Happen
Oh My God/Everything's Just Wonderful
Who'd Have Known
Go Back to the Start
He Wasn't There