Dido, not just for chicks who drink chardonnay
I've always had Dido's hits on my iPod but always a little shamefully as if indulging in sweet dessert. As a forty-something straight guy, I've been loath to admit that a "pop" singer so beloved of younger ladies might be a seriously talented musician. Well, she is, if this album is any indication. The songs are perfectly crafted, melody, the lyrics.. I dare say Beatlesque in certain high moments.. These are songs for grown ups who've loved and lived.
I'm not a huge dido fan but I even admit her first two albums were ok if a little depressing in content. This album takes it to a whole other level. My mum used to play this on the sunniest of days and it would depress me. This album is hardly music, every song is the same quiet, woe-is-me, my life is a dead end street- garbage. The production is hardly breathtaking either- over produced flat drum synths that a 4-year old could improve on. This album is love or hate. A few people love it, but a lot of people don't. Don't buy this album if you understand that a positive headspace is key in feeling good about life and this album will most likely pull you out of it.
She's got such a great voice, but it seems she's not properly using it. She can do allot more than this, but she is stuck in the same, old, and depressive state. I am very surprised, by the fact she hasn't committed suicide. she needs to write something happy, lighten the mood, and become the star that i know she can become, she is a star but she is one star standing among many. She can become more and should not settle.
If you like Dido...You will Love this Album
It is different from her past albums, however after a few listens most of the tracks are now some of my favorites.
I've been a huge Dido fan for years! I was listening to her when many people had never heard of her. I purchased this album, in-spite of the poor reviews, because I really wanted to hear some new music from her.
I thought how bad could the album be, afterall it's still Dido. Well, the album is terrible don't waste your money! This is a really poor attempt on her part!
By Eric Khachatorian
I don't know what people here are saying. This is the best album I've bought in a very long time. Every song is worth something, and the whole album is refreshing to hear. No, it's not like her other albums,it's better. If you love the old Dido, you'll love this one more. The songs are lyrically down to earth and real, and anyone as experienced as Dido can relate to these life situations. That's what makes this album so deep. Do yourself a favor and give it a try because it's one that you'll be listening to for a long time to come.
Disappointing... I expected more
I'm a huge Dido fan and would rate her first two albums among my absolute all-time favorites, however this album just doesn't compare. There is a definite emotional gap on this one... the angst, desperation, revenge, loneliness, passion etc. that rang so true on the first two albums is simply not there this time around. Neither are the fantastic ambient sounds that were so ever-present on "Life for Rent." Perhaps she needs some personal turmoil to spur her anger, lust, and such to generate another amazing album? Looking forward to moving onwards from this one...
It grows on you
I was expecting to be blown away at first listen when I bought this album - I didn't like it at first! But, it grew on me - like all Dido songs have in the past. I fell in love with literally every single song after a few rotations of my stereo. I can't stop listening to it, and I include at least one song from this record on every mix I make. It's an album that has permanent staying power, not just a passing fad. I love Dido and I love this record! salute!
I just wanna thank you.
Artists grow and Dido has. It's defiantly not like the first two albums here. It has it's own flavor. An acquired taste. All I can say is that I want another album. She is a true artist who's art I can never get enough of. Thank you Dido. Can't wait till your next.
Shut Up Haters.
By Santa's little helper's cousin's friend
If you hate this album, there is one of two reasons you do.
1. You don’t like good music.
2. You are looking too hard for old Dido, that you can’t appreciate new Dido.
If your reason is #1, then I feel sorry that you can’t listen to good music. If your reason is #2, then I beg you to read on! This review is especially for you! Here’s one example of how great this album is. I will close my eyes, and press a number at random. (I swear, I don’t know what number it will be.) 6. Track six: “Look No Further”. It’s calm, but there’s no denying that it’s great. A really simple, fairly short little piano ballad seems to be an epic twenty minute long ADVENTURE thanks to Dido. I’ll do one more: 8. Yes! I was hoping I would get “The Day Before the Day”! At one point, this was my favorite song of all time, but now it’s at #3. This is the only song that is so beautiful that it makes me cry. Have I convinced you of the greatness of this album yet? No? then read on…
Some of you may be saying “This guy probably hasn’t even downloaded Dido’s other two albums. If he had been a Dido fan before, then he would hate this.” Well then, let me tell you the story of a six-year-old boy who heard “White Flag” on the radio one day. He instantly fell in love with it, and there were few songs that he really liked. It became his favorite song, and he made his father go out and buy the album. Then fast forward to when the boy was putting music in iTunes. He remembered, from all those years ago, the magical song “White Flag”. He put the album on iTunes, but for THAT SONG ONLY! He wasn’t expecting much else from the other tracks, but he was wrong! He even liked “Do You Have a Little Time” better than “White Flag”!! So naturally when I (I assume you have figured out by now that that boy is me) found a CD I didn’t even know I had: “No Angel” by Dido, I got really excited! When I heard “Thank You”, I couldn’t believe it. “This isn’t Dido!” I shouted, but indeed it was. She had yet another song that I knew from the radio, but I didn’t know that it was her. It quickly became my favorite Dido song, and “No Angel” became my favorite Dido album. Then, I was especially excited when I found another Dido album I didn’t even know existed on iTunes! I immediately bought it and it became my next favorite Dido album. Of course, that album is this one: “Safe Trip Home”. So now you know that I have a good Dido background, and that I’m not just impressed with this album because I don’t know her older, “better” albums.
So, what are some reasons this is Dido’s best album? Well, first off, it is her only album that lacks a bad song. But to show you all the reasons, I think a track-by-track is needed.
1. Don’t Believe In Love – 10/10 – The album starts out strong with this track. Really nice verse and chorus, and has a definite Dido feel to it. A very strong opening track.
2. Quiet Times – 9.4/10 – Basically a sped-up version of “The Day Before the Day” with different lyrics and drums. However, “The Day Before the Day” is so good, that it makes this song seem like it’s a rip-off of it, but this is still a great second track.
3. Never Want to Say It’s Love – 9.6/10 – Really great song! Extremely catchy, and good song to buy first if you want a sample song off the album before you buy the whole thing.
4. Grafton Street – 8.7/10 – Not one of the best at all! However, this is still a great song. There’s just nothing about it that makes it stand out.
5. It Comes and It Goes – 10/10 – Wow! This is definitely one of my favorites! This is a really soft song that picks up at times, and it seems to lift your spirits every time it does! Amazing.
6. Look No Further – 9.4/10 – I can’t explain it much better than I did at the beginning, and I’m not going to try.
7. Us 2 Little Gods – 9.6/10 – Really nice, UPBEAT song. Yes, there is a fast song on this album, or maybe you people claiming there is no fast song on this album got mad after one song, and didn’t listen to the rest of the album. This is a really nice song.
8. The Day Before the Day – 10/10 – Wow, wow, wow, and did I say wow?! How can you not absolutely LOVE this song?!?!?!?!?!? As I said earlier, it is my third favorite song ever, and the only song that makes me cry. This song is an amazing MASTERPIECE.
9. Let's Do the Things We Normally Do – 9.8/10 – Almost perfect. This song just gets better and better as it goes along. It really reminds me of “Do You Have a Little Time”.
10. Burnin Love – 9.1/10 – Really nice, simple acoustic song that the album would be incomplete without.
11. Northern Skies – 9.2/10 – Dido makes you become the astronaut on the cover in this nine minute adventure. Just look at the cover, and picture yourself as that little guy in space while this song is playing. It really is magical.
12. For One Day – 7.9/10 – I can see why these last three are on the deluxe version of this album only, even though “Summer” could easily have replaced “Grafton Street”. As for this one, the verse is pretty good, but the chorus is a bit annoying. But just a bit.
13. Summer – 8.9/10 – Really pretty song that reminds me of something off Life for Rent. I like it a lot.
14. – 7.8/10 – Nothing special. Another version of “Northern Skies”, except it’s just not as good.
Just looking down the first page of reviews, you can see far too many people to underrate this album. Three people rated it three stars, and three people actually rated this album one star! What a disgrace! Please help us fix this problem.