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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 (16 Jun. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Extra tracks
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B000056ULS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,958 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Here With Me
2. Thank You
3. Here With Me
4. Hunter
5. Don't Think Of Me
6. My Lover's Gone
7. All You Want
8. Thank You
9. Honestly Ok
10. Slide
11. Isobel
12. I'm No Angel
13. My Life
14. Take My Hand

Product Description

Product Description

Debut album by Dido Armstrong, sister of Faithless mainman Rollo. Melodic, adult-orientated pop music, influenced by folk, soul and contemporary dance. Features two top 5 singles,one of which, 'Thank You', was sampled by Eminem for his hit 'Stan'. Note: Track 13 and 14 are enhanced videos.

BBC Review

Dido's career could have easily been so very different, as she was halfway through a law degree before the call of the music industry proved lure enough for her to quit her education. Subsequently she worked with (her brother) Rollo Armstrong’s band, Faithless, but this debut solo album failed to attract widespread attention until fate intervened in the form of an Eminem single. Samples from her Thank You song featured heavily on the rapper’s 2000 international hit, Stan. The knock-on effect was one of increased sales and worldwide recognition, and No Angel went on to grace the coffee tables of millions in 2001.

Dido’s debut remains a shiny and polished effort full of comforting verse-chorus-verse structures that draw on everyday woes, none too specific so as to happily sit with the extremely casual record-buyer. We look on as Dido stalkerishly watches her lover while he sleeps on All You Want; has vivid dreams of a life without him on Here With Me; liberates herself from a pedestal on Hunter; and, on album-closer My Life, finally regains control over the situation. It's the album's bittersweet hurrah, concluding proceedings just like the consumable romantic comedy it seems to ape.

Folk-pop is the staple style, with occasional synth-plonks added to the mix to disguise its use of convenient rhyme and emphasise the fleetingly manic depression of the content. With Dido's vocals deliberately cloudy and nasal, the relationship merry-go-round of the wordplay becomes even easier to digest. Take Honestly OK, which touches on Beth Orton's folk-tronica and Faithless' trip-hop but is so apologetic that, for all its intentions, fares even beiger than its forbearers The lyrics ooze platitudes, pottering along their path of well-trodden faux-misery.

While there's little variation in No Angel's material, its songs do their jobs diligently. But that's exactly the problem – it’s all so constructed. A passive-aggressive protagonist sits neatly atop the maximum-gloss backing tracks, insipidly whimpering to someone who isn't really listening. In a parallel world, it's hard to imagine this album being listened to as anything more than background music. What we hoped for, then, was action and movement from listening to this fluid slice of MOR, evolution and innovation rather than any wallowing in the synthesised stasis it bathes in. So far, so sort of. --Natalie Shaw

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Robin on 21 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Having come from the sixties (and I do remember it despite what people say), it takes a lot to impress me these days, especially since most modern music is electronic, over-produced and often simply lacking in talent. This album is good, but what makes it a 5 star is the track 'Take my hand'. Every now and again through life, one encounters a song which grips and seizes the heart, and when I try to sing along to Take My Hand in the car, I choke up. Dido professes to be 'No Angel', but her hauntingly beautiful delivery of this song is almost archangelic. It's worth getting the album for this, and you'll get a bonus because the rest is pretty good too. While the aforementioned song is unique, and most of the material is original (something of a rarity these days), I perceive hints of Suzanne Vega and even occasionally Bjork (on her best days), but can't personally see the Alanis connection (I like her too). I travel a lot and this one will be in my car for a long time to come.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By julius_reubke@yahoo.co.uk on 7 Mar. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Now I have to say I'm not much into Pop, Rock, call it what you will. As far as I'm concerned, there's good music and there's pants music.
Being curious about the accolades Dido took at the Brit awards, I bought this CD having never heard Dido before. My feelings on listening to the whole album in one sitting were akin to those when I first heard Vaughan Williams' "A Sea Symphony" - where have you been all my life???
This album has clearly been produced with love, care and attention to detail by a group of very talented people. Yes, Dido has voice that will haunt you in your dreams, but she is backed my musicians of Rolls-Royce quality.
However, one song stands head and shoulders above the rest. Take my hand is quite simply a masterpiece. Lasting just over 7 minutes, the duration gives the music time to develop and reach climax before ending reflectedly over sombre piano chords.
So go buy this disc, turn down the lights, put the ansaphone on, pour yourself a glass of wine and lose yourself in Dido's world for an hour. You'll feel a better person for it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andy Millward VINE VOICE on 8 Mar. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I bought No Angel as a present for my wife, not expecting to like it. What I found was a collection of surprisingly complex, slow-burn songs sung in a haunting voice (perhaps somewhere midway between Sam Brown and Sinead O'Connor and someone else - can't quite place the breathy element in her voice.) Some of the songs are totally riveting, especially Don't Think of Me, but they share an intriguing, almost eerie quality. You recognise great music when the hairs on the back of your neck stand up!
Some of the reviews for Dido's album are perplexing, to say the least. I wonder if these people were listening to the same CD? To the Nelly Furtado fan who only listened to Dido four times, I can only say that you evidently like music with immediate gratification. It takes a lot more than four listens to appreciate the subtlety of this album, and as we all know the best things take much longer than 3 minutes to appreciate...
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sonjoy Bose on 9 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
In an age where pop tarts keep popping up every other week on the Top Twenty countdowns worldwide,displaying anything BUT artistic ability,this maiden effort by Dido is like a ray of sunshine after a long,unbearable winter.I saw the ' Thank You ' video before I bought the album and was completely bowled over. I kept asking myself-is she for real ? Yes, she is and thank heaven for that ! Right from the beginning,'No Angel' is a dream.Dido's mesmerising voice just takes you from one track to the next , and you simply cannot have enough.My favourite tracks are ,'Thank You','Hunter','Don't Think Of Me' and the bonus track,'Take My Hand'.But to be honest,every track on the album is a masterpiece.The haunting tune of 'Honestly O.K.' rivals the best work of Enigma,while ' I'm No Angel' showcases Dido's individualism without sounding rebellious.I also loved 'Isobel' and the soothing 'Slide'.Yes, Dido is the queen of Britpop,and may she continue making albums like this one !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "msowens" on 6 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is on the whole a pretty sophisticated and beautiful album. Not every track is great but, hey! What is the skip button for? The album starts of brilliantly with "Here With Me" a power ballad drowning in its own depth of emotion. Next up is "Hunter". Haunting melodies on this one will have you listening to it opver and over again. "Don't Think Of Me" is another outstanding track which sounds influenced by Lene Marlin's "Unforgivable Sinner". A powerfull song with equally as strong words. "My Lovers Gone" is one one the weaker tracks on this album, although the beautiful irish sounding vocals on it just about save it. "All You Want" is next up and guess what? That's right another great track! Descending bass line all adds to a mellow and relaxing song. The chorus seems to be heavily influenced by some of Alanis Morissette's more recent stuff. She even imitates her voice. "Thank You" is the track Slim Shady chose to sample in "Stan" and I must say, I would rather listen to this than slim shady's rabble. I love the chorus and the change of key into major halfway through the song adds variety and keeps the listener keen. "Honestly OK" just has nothing to it that I can "Honestly" say is "OK" about it! Just a track full of silly sounds and a voice with too much reverb on it! "Slide" is not bad, infact the more you listen to it, the more you will like it. It's actually a quite good track but has so much more potential i think. Goodness me! "Isobel", almost bored me to death. I was woken up after 1 minute into it when she actually decided to sing. The song is still too drab and boring. Sorry Dido!Read more ›
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