Lily Allen: Alright, Still

Ever since the sweet calypso rhythms and trumpet sample wafted across the airwaves on Lily Allen s vinyl-only debut single LDN this spring, internet fans have signed up by the thousand to Lily s web site at MySpace, propelling her to media darling status

Ever since the sweet calypso rhythms and trumpet sample wafted across the airwaves on Lily Allen's vinyl-only debut single LDN this spring, internet fans have signed up by the thousand to Lily's web site at MySpace, propelling her to media darling status almost overnight.

Her opinionated barbs at other celebrities might smell of desperation, but here her half-sung, half-rapped patter is assured and sharp.

Married to an intoxicating web of jaunty reggae, jazz and summery pop samples, Alright, Still looks set to be the hook-filled hit of the summer.

Cynics say Lily profited from her comedian father Keith's contacts, but when the music's this good, who cares? 4/5