3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Some great songs,
This review is from: Life for Rent (Audio CD)
I agree with the reviewers who say that this is the same sort of stuff as she put out on No Angel, but you can't deny the brilliance of some of the songs here. She certainly seems to have set a template of straight talking verses and a catchy chorus, a formula which works to deadly, and sometimes beautiful, effect on this, her second LP.
Many will be drawn by lead-off single White Flag, which few could argue is a majestic song with a nagging, addictive melody. But it's what comes after it that really makes this a worthwhile purchase. Particular songs to look out include See You When You're 40, which has a truly heart-stopping piano break in the middle, and Sand in Your Shoes, the closest she's ever got to emulating the sort of sound that brother Rollo's band, Faithless, have made their own. Also look out for easily her best vocal performance on Don't Leave Home. Many who questioned the power of her voice will surely crawl away to hide under a rock when they hear her sing the song's core line: 'I will be your safety'. It's easily the defining moment of the album.
Sure, we've heard it all before, but that doesn't make it a bad record. For me, it's been one of those addictive records that you can play over and over and find little intricacies and nuances that you didn't hear the first time. It's simple: Dido's music is honest and direct - and long may she continue.