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5.0 out of 5 stars
Dido - Life For Rent. Bloomin' marvellous., 20 Feb. 2004
I fell in love with Here With Me and Thank You, tracks from No Angel, the minute I heard them, as did everyone I expect. At the risk of sounding arrogant, the two songs I mention by name are the two that may be argued to be the most over-played. Even so, it was a very tough first album to follow up, but of course Dido did not disappoint.
Both albums are reasonably similar - even down to the album covers. Dido has not tried anything dramatically different, but why should she? The odd Porstishead-like trippy beats and smooth acoustic guitar rhythms are what Dido does, and I don’t think it’s possible for anyone to say she's not good at what she does.
Life For Rent was the first Dido album I bought out of the two because I wanted something to sing along to in the car; to relax to but that gave me some stimulation, a metaphorical tightening of my bra straps to give me some emotional uplift. Life For Rent is calm, melodic, and impossible to turn off half way through. The sweet harmonies and emotive yet slightly dark lyrics make you really think about what you’re listening to. Dido has produced a superb addition to any CD collection. I don't want to give this album a kind of 'use', but weather it’s to play while you chill out in the garden on a summer evening or create a relaxed atmosphere at a dinner party, Dido - Life For Rent, certainly fits the bill. I love it.