Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006

"Smile" by Lily Allen

Like her peers and countrymen in the Arctic Monkeys, Allen's a kid who doesn't use the convenience of pop structure as an excuse for lazy lyric writing. With her acid tongue burning a hole in her cheek, she rap-sings over a gossamer calypso beat about a cheating ex ("At first, when I see you cry/ It makes me smile") until he's purged from her heart.