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Lily Allen disappeared from the pop wars for about five years while starting a family, and re-emerged last spring with her third album, Sheezus. The title signaled her pop provocateur return, including as her own fiercest critic, characterizing much of her new material as "docile pop rubbish." But is it? Sheezus may not be as incisive as some of her earlier material, and some may fret that she's stealing licks from Beyoncé or M.I.A. But she's never played by pop diva rules. The controversies over whether she's satirizing pop clichés or trying to buy into them, supporting or undercutting feminism, succumbing to racism or parodying it, is potent fodder for fans and critics alike. It's refreshing that Allen doesn't shy away from such fine lines, and is still willing to push things. The artist who once sampled Professor Longhair's "Big Chief" now tries out a West African juju vibe on "Life for Me," and "As Long As I Got You" is a zydeco tune, complete with wheezing accordion. Take that, Gaga and Katy Perry! Lolawolf, a New York electro-pop trio fronted by singer Zoë Kravitz (daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet), opens. 18+.