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Classic Album Review: Dido | Life for Rent

The dulect-voiced trip-folk singer-songwriter picks up where No Angel left off.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Dido’s last (and first) CD No Angel was out for ages before it finally caught on — thanks in no small part to Eminem’s decision to sample a major chunk of her song Thank You in his track Stan.

Well, the dulcet-voiced trip-folkie probably won’t have to wait nearly as long for her platinum discs this time around. Her eagerly awaited followup CD Life for Rent has already topped charts in her native Britain, and probably won’t land far off that mark on these shores. Though, truth be told, Life for Rent might as well have been titled Still No Angel. There isn’t much on these 11 tracks that couldn’t be found in the grooves of her earlier disc, from the dusty beatboxes and soothing chillout grooves to the lush melodies and gentle hooks to the swirly production and breathy, understated vocals. If you’ve worn out her first album, you can easily replace it with this. But if you weren’t sold on Dido the first time around, you might be wasting your time — and rent money.