Thursday, March 29, 2007
British Bad Girls
Lily Allen vs. Amy Winehouse? Who would win?
I've been listening to the music of these fine ladies from the next wave of the British invasion a lot lately. Both pop artists are talented in different ways and have been huge across the Atlantic for a while now, so of course the U.K. tabloids are pitting the two against each other. Why not join in on the fun?
For those of you unfamiliar with their music, they're both known as brutally honest bad girls who sing over (mostly) sweetly upbeat tunes. Lily sings a tongue-in-cheek ditty called "Alfie" where she chastises her little brother for spending all day in a cloud of weed smoke, while Amy croons about saying no-no-no to those pushing her into treatment in "Rehab." Allen's beats are more ska and reggae inspired, while Winehouse's tunes are decidedly Motown influenced. Each of their CD's have had some production by DJ extraordinaire Mark Ronson. Amy Winehouse probably has stronger vocal chops, often compared to songstresses like Lauryn Hill and Sarah Vaughn, while Lily Allen has a fairly unique, if not weaker, voice.
I enjoy them both but have a favorite right now. Can you guess which one?