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It was written by Allen, Iyiola Babalola and Darren Lewis, while sampling The Soul Brothers' "Free Soul".
The song was released as the lead mainstream single of the album in July 2006.
Most contemporary critics complimented the song, noticing the confidence it hides and the carnival-esque, yet melancholy, theme. For promotion, "Smile" was re-recorded in Simlish and played on shows; it also received its own answer song.
On the other hand, some considered it was not one of the album's best tracks and it makes the singer a "theoretical pop princess". The accompanying music video portrayed a revenge theme, with Allen hiring a posse to beat her ex-boyfriend.
Nonetheless, "Smile" remains Allen's highest-charting song as a solo artist in the United States, as well as one of three entries (after "Fuck You" and "The Fear").
It also peaked at 86 on the Canadian Singles Chart.
It starts off with Allen sitting on the bed in her apartment, eating chocolate and cheeseballs.There, he tried to explain to her how he was beaten by the muggers, not knowing that, meanwhile, they were breaking down his apartment door and destroying his furniture and possessions, including scratching his gramophone records.The ex-boyfriend leaves the table for a while, enough time for Allen to put laxative pills in his coffee; upon returning, he drinks it and leaves the shop.Then I write the whole text of the song and then ad lib the melody into the microphone. "Smile" was released as a single, and the maxi single format for it contains two B-Sides, "Absolutely Nothing" and "Cheryl Tweedy", which Allen struggled to get on the album, but lost them in favour of "Take What You Take".
The latter is a satirical song about celebrity, finding the commercial promotion side of the celebrity machine uncomfortable, while mentioning Girls Aloud member Cheryl Tweedy, but argued she doesn't "have anything against her". I'm now less inclined to do that, because everything that I do say gets repeated in a way that I haven't said it, or taken out of context and spun in some negative way — and it makes me really sad. I'm actually quite positive, but this industry has really made me feel angry and negative recently. "Smile" was met with mixed to positive reviews from music critics.
In 2005, Allen was signed to Regal Records, who gave her £25,000 to produce an album.