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  • Audio CD (November 18, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B001EO2UKO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,604 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. don't believe in love
2. quiet times
3. never want to say it's love
4. grafton street
5. it comes and it goes
6. look no further
7. us 2 little gods
8. the day before the day
9. let's do the things we normally do
10. burnin love
11. northern skies

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Dido's Safe Trip Home album was produced by Jon Brion (Kanye West, Fiona Apple), Rollo (Faithless, New Order) and Dido. This album's first single is 'Don't Believe In Love'. Propelled by the massive hit 'White Flag,' Life For Rent sold 8 million units worldwide, 2.1 million in the US. Dido is one of the world's best selling female artists of the new millennium, with only two studio albums and over 20 million in worldwide album sales. Dido's 2000 release No Angel has been certifi ed 4x Platinum in the US alone!

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(Amazon.co.uk Review) Safe Trip Home, the third album from singer-songwriter Dido, sees the chanteuse cook up a slightly different ambience than on previous albums No Angel (1999) and Life for Rent (2003). Though her signature elements remain in place--the limited, slightly cracked falsetto; the dreamy, comforting trip-hop vibe--there seems to be an extra density to Safe Trip Home, doubtless provoked by the loss of her father in 2006. The added weight is predominantly in the lyrics, which tend to focus on loss and heartache, but there's extra detail and depth in the musicianship too, since Dido has been busy honing her skills as a multi-instrumentalist. Despite the denser themes, the music still drifts by in classic Dido style, moving smoothly through the insouciant “Don't Believe in Love", the aptly titled “Quiet Times", and “Never Want to Say It's Love", before arriving at the somber-yet-elegant six-minute standout “Grafton Street", co-written with Brian Eno and featuring Mick Fleetwood on drums. The rest of the album unfurls in similarly sophicticated fashion, featuring the folkish “Look No Further", the upbeat “Us 2 Little Gods", and a nine-minute poetic closer called “Northern Skies". Put simply, Safe Trip Home is Dido in superlative form. --Danny McKenna

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Dido has a beautiful voice.
Rebecca
The songs are pretty, smooth, but unfortunately kind of bland and boring by albums end.
W. STEVENS
I bought this CD when it first came out and the more I listen, the more I love it.
A. Steward

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Morten Vindberg on November 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Though Dido still sounds unmistakably like herself on her new album it is still obviously very different from her first two. Though some tunes are actually very melodic and catchy, don't expect to find big radio hits like "White Flag" or "Life for Rent".

The tone is generally darker, and many of the songs lyrically deal with theme of loss. Though some fans may be disappointed with Dido's new direction, I'm sure she will win new fans with this new record, which really shows the versatile artist she really is.

The first track "Don't Believe in Love" which has been chosen for the first single off the album, has been hailed by many as one of the best tracks - I don't agree. It's a funky track with a good beat, but it really doesn't have a very memorable melody.

In my view the next song "Quiet Times" is much stronger. It's an acoustic melodic song and for me one of several highlights on the album; though probably no good choice for a single.

"Never Want to Say it's Love" is a bluesy and cathcy tune, which I would seriosly have considered for a single - brings forward memories of the late Dusty Springfield.

"Grafton Street" is one of the key songs on the album. It's a dark and sad song, with some great Celtic sounds adding a lot of atmosphere to the great tune.

"It Comes and it Goes" is a lighter song and another track that may lead your thoughts towards Dusty Springfield og Burt Bacharach.

"Look No Further" was the first song to be released for download and it stands out as one of greatest tracks on the album. It has some of the beautiful simplicity as some of John Lennon's finest songs ( like "Imagine" or "Jealous Guy" ).
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jon Huff on November 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I purchased No Angel 2 days after it came out in 1999. Back then, no one had heard of Dido. It took about a year before she even had a sizable fan base. And then with a combination of Here With Me's appearance on Roswell and Eminem's sampling of "Thank You" her career exploded.

Since then, being a Dido fan has had it's ups and downs. The downs mostly consist of the long wait between albums. Long waits can be good for artists. It gives them a chance to live a normal life so they don't end up writing songs about things that are boring to most other people (like songs about touring or trying to write songs, for instance.) The down side is that expectations can be raised through the roof.

The problem with the latter, in the instance of Safe Trip Home, is that this album isn't really about first impressions. On a first listen, the album can be listened to without any one thing really striking you. It's pleasant and pretty but it can sort of go in one ear and out the other. Some people may never get past this step. This is usually a problem for me. Not that I want an album full of pop hits, but I do like at least a few songs that hook me right away.

But this isn't that type of album. For one thing, it very much feels like a complete unit. Dido comes back to the same themes again and again. The predominant ones seem to be death and love on this one. Some people might call it repetitive, but she never tackles them in the same way and dealing with the same themes isn't necessarily a bad thing in and of itself, as long as you're saying something new. And in fact many of the songs can be read in a variety of ways if you don't just rely on Dido's bio info.

The thing that might surprise some is how the album works it's way into your brain.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Metal Queen on November 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
and the harder the better. So the argument that it is "too" light is not a rating. This is an awesome recording by Dido. She has not done anything in a while and I've been waiting. She is an amazing singer songwriter, and woman. So five stars and no less for this beautiful, haunting, emotional, to the core of our being.. music.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LibrasRock on December 16, 2008
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I just discovered Dido about 2 years ago and have been waiting so anxiously for her new album which was rumored to be released a long time ago. I pre-ordered it and am very disappointed. The songs all sound the same and while I'm sure the lyrics might be different, I find myself just tuning it out when it's on, rather than singing along.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Tate on November 19, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Dido's songs ring so true and captivate so easily despite how many times you've heard them, it's amazing to think it's been over five years since her last release. Her journey from new fresh face to mature songwriter continues as she takes another stylistic turn. Dido previously made some changes from debut to sophomore effort, using softer melodies and understated contentment to capture the listener. This time, she's gone even further down that road, utilizing live instrumentations in a way we haven't yet heard from her. The results are captivating and welcoming.

During these last few years, Dido lived in Los Angeles, took long drives through the desert, worked with various renowned producers and writers, and lost her father. The last event undoubtedly affected her writing most, and it was those producers that helped bring her creations to life in the most vibrant way. Jon Brion, Brian Eno, Citizen Cope and Rick Nowels all contributed to the making of the album, and Dido's ever-present brother Rollo made his own mark on several tracks. What's most exciting is Dido's progression as a writer and musician. She learned more about drums, guitar and even took classes to enhance her inherent skills.

"Safe Trip Home" sees Dido coming full circle. On the heartbreaking "Grafton Street", the albums grand opus and tribute to Dido's father, she plays the recorder, one of the first instruments she ever mastered. Dido wrote and recorded "Quiet Times" almost entirely on her own: The song includes her own drum and guitar playing. As always, Dido presents the most honest and real feelings through her songs, particularly on "It Comes and It Goes", a song in which she confesses there are moments of doubt in the midst of clarity.
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Can not wait for new Dido CD to come out.
I am a fan of Dido as welland her past two CDs are called "Life for Rent" and "No Angel, not "Thank You" and "White Flag"...those are her most popular singles, not albums.

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