Singer slams her own festive release

14:10 20th November 2013

Returning pop star Lily Allen has hit out at her own material including her Keane cover 'Somewhere Only We Know' and debut single, 'Smile'.

Speaking to Radio 1's breakfast host Nick Grimshaw, Allen said that she couldn't listen to the Keane cover version as she found it far too high-pitched.

She told the presenter: "I can't listen to the song, I've gotta be honest. It's quite shrill." also going onto state that she can't stomach her very first single 'Smile' which was released all the way back in 2006.

Check out Allen's shrillness in the video below

It may not be to Allen's taste but the single managed to reach No.2 in the UK charts at the weekend. This follows on from the tracks premiere in an advert for high street retailer John Lewis. It is an originally a track by the much maligned (and still together) Keane.

Meanwhile Allen has stated that it was her Twitter feud with Azealia Banks that forced her out of retirement, in the same way a grizzled war vet might dust off his AK-47 for some revenge. 

She said: "I was in the studio and this person started being really horrible to me. This person was particularly nasty for no apparent reason. It was brilliant - it ignited this juvenile flame in my belly."