The great tough-chick British pop singer Lily Allen released her second album It’s Not Me, It’s You in 2009, and then she pretty much entirely backed out of the game, having two kids and leaving music behind completely. She returned to the stage at a Paris fashion show earlier this year, but we haven’t heard any new recordings from her until now. The British department store chain John Lewis recruited Allen to cover Keane’s MOR weeper “Somewhere Only We Know,” and then used that cover to soundtrack a two-minute animated Christmas-themed commercial. That’s an inauspicious start to a grand comeback, but it’s something. Watch the (genuinely affecting, if you’re into that sort of thing) commercial below along with the full audio stream.
Allen is planning to release her third album next year, which is good, since the world needs songs about babies with cussing in them.