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The Lily Allen Argument

The case for sampled music is simple: in this plugged-in age, we lead sampled lives. We know a bit of everything and don’t see anything through; our tastes are more diverse than ever, while our attention spans are the worst they’ve been. If music is to be emblematic of the people it caters to, then Lily Allen’s albums are perfection: the product of a magpie-like modern mind, they are made up of cut-and-pasted bits of older records, fashionably retro production values, easily digestible melodies, and scoops of entertaining potty-mouthedness.

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