Single Review: Lillix “It’s About Time”

It’s About Time
Album: Falling Uphill
Year: 2003

Lillix needs to hire a new web designer. The web page is too dependent on photos. For each link (photos, bio, media) there is a picture. Not medium sized pictures, either. They are the actual size of photographs. It would be a great layout if it were for press kits. However, the pictures need to be resized and cropped. By the time, my slow computer loaded the pictures, I was searching for an alternate site to give me information.

After gaining exposure for covering the Romantics’ “What I Like About You” and having it be the theme for the WB Amanda Bynes sitcom of the same name, Lillix have an advantage over the Katy Roses and Fefe Dobsons struggling to make sales: they are guaranteed airplay every week on a sitcom their core audience (‘tweens who have outgrown Britney and now want to ‘rock’) watches religiously. Bravo for the marketing team. It’s a coup.

The Matrix-written “It’s About Time, which follows a girl who can’t make up her mind if she likes a boy or not, is undistinguisable from the rest of the fem rock that’s out there now. With three less voices, it can be a b-side from Lavigne’s album “Let Go”.

Opening the chorus, Lillix sing that “it’s about life, it’s about fun” before starting the first verse. In the first verse, lead singer Lacey-Lee Evin has a love/hate relationship with a guy she likes. Rudely, she asks “who are you?, who needs you”. She then sings that he makes her ‘alive’ and like she could ‘fly.’ In the pre-chorus, she sings that she will eventually get it together, but she really doesn’t feel like it. (“One of these days it all comes together/one of those days that goes on forever/think it sounds crazy?/maybe, whatever/what’s it all about”).

It’s about all about Evin is it what boils down to. She sings in a flippant manner that “it’s about life, it’s about fun/It’s over before it has begun/it’s about you, it’s about me”. Really, it’s you, nameless boy and it’s only flirting. And also run. Run as fast as you can ’cause this girl will lead you on and then say “oh, it didn’t mean that I was interested, silly”. She adds at the end of the chorus “it’s about time I make up my mind”.

The second verse really doesn’t make sense. It’s a jumble of random contradictions slapped together in a sentence (“It’s simple, confusing/the truth is I’m winning but I’m losing/
And pulling and pushing, won’t do me any good/it, it should”). A Beck or Tori Amos lyric is downright decipherable compared to that. The difference being, at least Beck and Amos have imagination in their music. Lillix, well, they just have that eye product commercial.

In the bridge, Evin is suddenly aware that the boy may not always be around to flirt with. Yet, she needs to more to go on and will regret it once the boy has moved on to someone who actually likes him. (“Time is creeping behind me, surrounding around me…Now give me a reason that I can believe in/time is something you can’t rewind”).

Lillix, like most fem rockers nowadays, paints young girls as passive-aggressive, self-centered and flighty. It’s a subtle trend, which at the same time is being reinforced by fashion (message tees in the juniors section usually read “just because I flirt doesn’t mean I like you” or “dump him”) and telling girls it’s empowerment. It’s not. It’s telling girls they need to have so much self-esteem that have focus only on them and boys are to be toyed with.

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