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Despite its somewhat polite, trip-hoppy surface, Dido Armstrongs music frequently rests on a melancholy that can only be called courageous in the current pop world. Few singer-songwriters with 12 million record sales behind them would offer a single such as Life for Rents "White Flag," which is in part an apology for the "mess and destruction" the narrator has left with her lover. Emotions are even stickier on other tracks, with Didos Dusty-ish voice coolly sweeping through "Dont Leave Home," one of the creepiest codependent-love songs since "Every Breath You Take," and in "Who Makes You Feel," ticking off a list of reasons why an affair is dying, while also admitting that she still loves the guy. Its a hard-won romanticism, too, that pokes its head up in the tough-minded "This Land is Mine" and "Do You Have a Little Time" ("Id like to hold you still/Remind you of all youve missed"). A knotty and rewarding album. --Rickey Wright
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I usually have my music on shuffle on the mp3 version, easier to carry and I can shuffle to a different artists/albums. I just also prefer being able to hold the CD album in my hand. Like my ex hubby and his vinyl record collection.
I listened to this a lot, along with P!ink's Funhouse, sorting my divorce.
Three years after her successful debut album, "No Angel", Dido Armstrong comes back stronger sharing again producing and writing duties with her brother Rollo (from Faithless). The product of their collaboration is a more solid album than the previous one. Doing a song per song account of the album would be a waste of your time, mainly because it all stands out as a cohesive piece of work, with great lyrics that sit close to your heart of mine (I mean, you have to be able to relate on an emotional or intellectual level to the lyrics of at least some of the songs), and though some people contend that most songs sound "the same", I'd argue that the musical production also shows an evolution beyond her first album, with songs like "Stoned", "Mary's in India", "See you when you're 40" and "Don't leave home" as a testimony of this.
All in all, Dido came back to stay and it sure comes in at a great time when there's a need for more talented artists like her in the pop scene.