Review: Lily Allen – ‘URL Badman’


Lily Allen has rolled out another controversy driven pop single and this time the target is internet trolls. The tracks she has previously released are commercially great pop songs, yet they don’t pack as hard a punch as tracks such as ‘URL Badman’. It addresses a very current situation in the cyber world, a topic that all of us have been victim of at some point – internet trolling.

The track’s trap style chorus is exactly the style of music the ‘keyboard warriors’ in question are ‘all hating on at the moment’, according to Lily. The listener can easily visualise the contemptuous ‘broadband champion’ through the barrage of modern cultural references, including the main target and inspiration for the song, Vice, all with the intention of making the listener recognise these characteristics in one, or many, of their Facebook friends. You all know that person that will spend more time on their snarling, politically infused, putting-the-world-to-rights comments, than they do outside of their bedroom in the real world. Allen encapsulates this with her up to date addressing of the outlets these trolls aim for their in their ‘journalistic’ attempts.

The track is one of the more interesting ones from Allen’s comeback record Sheezus but whether it will gain the commercial success of feminist banger ‘Hard Out Here’ is another question indeed.



About Author

I’m Megan Downing, an English Literature graduate from University of Southampton. I am the Music, Arts and Culture Editor for The National Student. I am the Membership and Communications Officer for the Student Publication Association, I write about music for 7BitArcade, and contribute regularly to The Culture Trip. I have a passion for live music and this is where I began in student journalism. Reviewing a gig or festival is still where my heart lies four years on. I will be starting at MTV as a News Intern in June 2015. One thing you should know about me is that I have an unhealthy obsession with Kevin Spacey.

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