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February 16, 2009 Laura Gibson is about to release one of the year's most breathtaking albums. Hear a preview of the quiet masterpiece, Beasts of Seasonson this edition of All Songs Considered. Also on the program: new music from Lily Allen and Morrissey, hip-hop troubadour K'naan, a Sufjan Stevens remix, Jason Schwartzman's solo project Coconut Records, and an eerily beautiful new album from The Antlers.
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December 20, 2007 Tens of thousands of listeners voted in the All Songs Considered poll for the year's best CDs. It was tight for much of the race, but in the end, Radiohead's In Rainbows was an overwhelming winner as 2007's most popular album.
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July 9, 2007 Lily Allen's ska-infused pop music has officially achieved ubiquity: She's gone from a buzzed-about underground sensation to a mainstream darling in the span of only a few months. Her sly lyrics and joyful energy have helped make her a star.
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April 8, 2007 Lily Allen is Britain's most addictive pop artist with dizzying melodies and lyrics that are as comical as they are biting. Now on tour for her multi-million selling album Alright, Still, Allen performs at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. in a full concert, originally webcast live on NPR.org.
February 22, 2007 British singer Lily Allen writes infectious, bouncing pop music with wickedly biting lyrics. Already a huge hit in the U.K., she's now touring the U.S. with her debut CD Alright, Still. Lily Allen chats with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen and shares some of her favorite music, including songs from Jay Z, Kasabian and Squeeze.
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February 16, 2007 Lily Allen is pop star with a quick wit and a sharp tongue. After a string of hits in the United Kingdom last year, the 21-year-old artist has released her CD Alright, Still in America. She explains her creative process and inspiration.
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February 7, 2007 A review of the debut album Alright Still, by the 21-year-old British singer Lily Allen.
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December 6, 2006 NPR station KEXP is an influential and innovative cultural force in Seattle and beyond. Kevin Cole — host of Afternoon Show, which highlights new releases, previews, vintage tracks, rarities, B-sides and in-studio performances — compiled this list of notable debuts.
October 26, 2006 The year's best pop music from Lily Allen; The quiet and contemplative Damien Rice; Chilling out with The Hold Steady; Three new CDs from Tom Waits; A tragic treasury from The Gothic Archies; Surreal sounds out of Kansas: White Flight; West Africa's Refugee All Stars.
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August 22, 2006 Though she remains relatively obscure in the U.S., Lily Allen has spent the summer establishing herself as queen of the U.K. pop-music scene. Having already attracted blog- and press-fueled hype to rival that preceding Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy," Allen exudes swaggering star quality on "Smile."
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