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Girl Who Got Away [Bonus Disc]


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The electronic pop chanteuse Dido entered London's Guildhall School of Music at age six; by the time she reached her teens, the budding musician had already mastered piano, violin, and recorder. After touring with a British classical ensemble, she accepted a publishing job. Meanwhile, she sang with a series of local groups before joining the trip-hop outfit ... Read more in Amazon's Dido Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Mar 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B00AO2SGHI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,502 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. No Freedom
2. Girl Who Got Away
3. Let Us Move On Ft. Kendrick Lamar
4. Blackbird
5. End Of Night
6. Sitting On The Roof Of The World
7. Love To Blame
8. Go Dreaming
9. Happy New Year
10. Loveless Hearts
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Let Us Move On Ft. Kendrick Lamar (Jeff Bhasker Version)
2. All I See Ft Pete Miser
3. Just Say Yes
4. Let's Run Away
5. Everything To Lose (Armin Van Buuren Remix)
6. Lost

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Product Description

Girl Who Got Away is the fourth album from multi platinum selling artist Dido whose No Angel and Life For Rent albums turned her into a global superstar. Featuring “No Freedom”, and “Let Us Move On” ft Kendrick Lamar, this deluxe edition features a bonus CD with six exclusive tracks.

BBC Review

If you were playing a word association game and Dido came up, you might be forgiven for blurting out "boring". And in some circles she's certainly acquired that reputation.

But hers is a musical formula that's proved hugely successful. Dido's No Angel and Life for Rent were two of the UK's best-selling albums of the late-90s and early 00s, earning 16 platinum discs between them.

Her third LP, 2008's Safe Trip Home, failed to match this level of success, but still entered the charts at number two.

Now 41, Dido is back with a fourth album that's reassuringly familiar. Her voice sounds exactly as you remember it, vaguely Celtic and slightly detached, and her music remains quintessentially pleasant.

Girl Who Got Away leans closer to electro-pop than before, but it's still filled with friendly melodies and plain-speaking lyrics.

At times here, though, plain speaking can mean utterly mundane. The title track begins with a series of sentiments that even Jack Johnson might think wishy-washy: "I wanna move with the seasons / And go with the flow / And take it easy / And let stuff go."

But elsewhere, Dido's approach makes her songs relatable and affecting. She sets the scene beautifully on Happy New Year, a song about a woman struggling to move on from a break-up.

"I'll leave the party early / After a drink or two," she sings glumly. "And check my phone for calls / Though I know there will be none from you."

Meanwhile, her musical choices aren't always completely vanilla. Day Before We Went to War is a spooky collaboration with Brian Eno, while Let Us Move On has beats by Kanye West's producer Jeff Bhasker and a guest rap from Kendrick Lamar.

The nicest surprise is Love to Blame: perhaps the first Dido track you could actually dance to. With its quivering bassline and bevy of electro blips, it sounds a bit like an early 80s club jam.

Admittedly, the album contains the odd soporific song like No Freedom, but these turns are outweighed by tracks with a strong tune or an unexpected hint of sadness. Certainly, there's enough going on here to make the naysayers feel guilty for blurting out that b-word.

--Nick Levine

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Samuel Memour on 4 Mar 2013
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Like another reviewer, I actually thought "Safe Trip Home" was stunning, even though it was a darker and less commercial album. The new album is closer to the first two in terms of overall feel but has some of the maturity of the last album. Comparing Dido to Adele is a bit pointless, they are both brilliant, but Dido's class shines through every time, and her voice is as evokative as ever.

No Freedom is a great opener, and the closing track "day before we went to war" is my favourite. I doubt she will be as big as she was before now, but I really hope she enjoys making music for many years to come and carries on producing music with as high quality as this.

An incredible artist, it's great to hear some new music. Welcome back Dido.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Davis on 5 May 2013
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Overall another winner for Dido. She has gone back to her roots with the style we first came to love.
A few tracks are instantly recognisable and you will be whistling along to them in no time, others grow on you and then there are the odd few I’m still undecided on.
The only criticism i have is the sudden appearance of a rapper in the middle of the odd track I am not a big fan of rap (so a little bias) and I find it clashes with the tempo of the song, a bit like an unwelcome advert shoved into the middle of your favourite film. So 4 Star rating but may become 5 in time.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Thomas B. on 5 Mar 2013
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Girl Who Got Away is an absolutely stunning record that has set the bar high for Dido's future work.

It is in capturing a perfect balance that Girl Who Got Away shines brightest. We have warm acoustics on songs like No Freedom and Sitting On The Roof of the World (this latter track is sonically reminiscent of the gorgeous Mary's In India on Life For Rent). Elsewhere we have the pure-pop sparkling euphoria of Let's Runaway and End of Night. A wistful and contemplative dimension is taken on in tracks like Happy New Year and Loveless Hearts, while Dido's work enters into new ambient territory on the haunting Day Before We Went To War, a moving collaboration between Brian Eno and Dido.

Girl Who Got Away is fresh stuff, yet evocative of her previous works. It has the insightful and maturer perspective of Safe Trip Home, while keeping the atmospheric, captivating electronica of No Angel and Life For Rent.

I can't leave this review without mentioning the utterly brilliant standout "Black-Black-"Blackbird. Happy, bubbly and quick in the initial verses, yet ethereal and moving in the chorus. For me, this encapsulates the expertly balanced character of the frankly fantastic Girl Who Got Away.

You have not disappointed Dido. I am a massive fan and the wait was worth it. Thanks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doug K on 11 Aug 2014
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Dido burst onto the scene in 1999 with the album “No Angel” and followed this up four years later with “Life for Rent”; both brilliant albums with not a filler track in sight, (though I prefer No Angel as a more complete album, track wise). These were followed some years later by “Safe Trip Home”; a monotonous album with very few stand-out tracks to mention. We then move on to this most recent incarnation: “Girl Who Got Away”, what can I say…..dirge is about the only word which seems to cover all the bases. Oh dear Dido, were you really just a flash in the pan two album star? Or did you just peak too early?
These are just my own personal opinions.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By QT on 1 May 2013
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Six Bonus tracks for £4 extra. Seems OK, why not?

I'll tell you why not. Three of them have been remixed (or created) with rap/hip-hop style - what a juxtaposition; and not a favourable one. I have a fairly cosmopolitan taste, but it does not stretch that far. I expect most others who like Dido will feel the same.

As for the other 3 tracks, pleasant enough. But for £2 (today at least) you can buy the whole "Safe Trip Home" album. Half the money, much better spent.

As for the album as a whole, very typical Dido - mostly no surprises. The ones you hear on the radio are the best I think, but "Let us Move On" - has the hip/hop rap too - arrguhh. It's like putting vinegar in cream - what in Gods name was she thinking?

Post Script: After you have deleted the few (C) rap versions, I have realised what this (and all Dido's) albums are great for - putting on repeat on a long haul night flight - wonderfully melodic to fall asleep to and nothing jarring to wake you when you finally drift off. (This is not intended as a veiled criticism, although it will be the same reason some don't like her)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Løye VINE VOICE on 14 May 2013
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I've always admired Dido's musical style. It's serene and graceful, yet powerfully honest and dark in places. And it's a delight to say that once again she has well and truly delivered! She's brought with her the same charm and honesty we've become accustomed to whilst also assimilating more 'modern' musical styles, for want of a better word.

She's definitely venturing more. Personally, I just can't get into 'modern' music and am indifferent to most its offerings, so the concept of this seeping into Dido's music was quite horrifying. Admittedly, I was taken aback by a few of the songs... A rapper? Synthy pop? I'm sorry... What? But it works. Hats off to her (and Rollo), it's a clean musical progression that pushes the boat out enough to bring new and interesting sounds to the table, whilst retaining the core quality of we've come to know and love

The album certainly feels darker than the likes of 'White Flag', but it only seems to make it all the more compelling to listen to. My only real gripe is that the second half of the album is predominantly darker and it finishes on a bit of a downer. You're waiting for the uplifting finale and it almost leaves you wanting

1. No Freedom - The album opens nicely with a bit of classic Dido. Charming, laid back and beautifully sung
2. Girl Who Got Away - Another solid track that should appeal to the core fans
3. Let Us Move On - This is where things take an interesting turn. Not only does the track sound considerably darker than the previous 2, but it also features an interlude of rapping from Kendrick Lamar. Recipe for disaster? I didn't think so. Shocking, yes, but it gives the song a nice edge to it without detracting too much from it
4. Blackbird - By far the stand-out track. I absolutely love this one!
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