Lily's catalogue presents us with a vision of love that skews towards the weird. "Littlest Things" paints an idyllic scene: wearing your boyfriend's boxers and T-shirt while watching DVDs in the bed you know hides his adorable stash of "dirty grotty magazines." "Not Fair" mourns the regrettably quiet tragedy of a good guy who is bad in bed. In the barn-themed music video, a rooster prances on the stage. Lily also neutralizes what would otherwise be unpalatably saccharine in "Who'd Have Known," a song about the sparkly first weeks of a new relationship. The song is saved from too-sweetness by its video, in which Lily Allen kidnaps Elton John to force-feed him pizza and watch videos of him with him (tape over mouth, rope around wrists.) The effect--remember Allen's history with John--is that of a gasp followed by a snort followed by a sigh followed by a smile, all of them Lily's trademarks.
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