Dido - Life for Rent - Nearly boring, nearly beautiful

2006-03-29 18:31
 
You see, way back in 1999 Dido Armstrong was just another journey woman singer-songwriter whose debut album had fallen on deaf industry executive ears. Enter our (albeit unlikely) handsome prince, Eminem, whose sample-tuned inner ear instantly recognises the desolate beauty in her aching ballad "Thank You". Em borrows it for the chorus of his hit single "Stan", Dido becomes a household name and the rest is history. It's enough to give you goosebumps, isn't it?

But of course, in real life things seldom end happy ever after. Particularly if you're Dido and need to follow up the successful No Angel with a new release. Small surprise then that Life For Rent sees the diminutive diva playing it safe. Instead of take even a few tentative steps into any new sonic avenues, she simply continues along the same path, shuffling precariously between downbeat radio-friendly boredom and breathtaking simplicity. There's the Sinead O'Connor inspired "White Flag" and the ambient almost Bowie-esque sounds of "Stoned". There's the quasi trip-hop sound filtered "See You When You're 40" and the Coldplay inspired reflective sounds of "This Land of Mine". All immediately soothing in their familiar evocative shades.

And yes, ultimately Life For Rent's strength is that despite the ensuing super-stardom, Dido hasn't lost her innocence. Her vocals remain as simple, honest and unique as they were before Eminem swept her away.


Like one of her songs, Dido's rise from anonymity to super stardom comes across as a fairy tale, a story of serendipity and triumph against odds, guaranteed to arouse all those warm and fuzzy feelings.

spilla 2003/12/22 8:20 AM
Dido for rent What kinda wacko are you. The album is an inspired ode life as modern people live it. The good, the bad, the ugly. The lyrics are smart and almost like a anthropological dissertation. Defintely worth the effort if you are a discerning listsener. Not everybody's cup of tea, but then anything exclusive would'nt be. Life for rent
spilla 2003/12/22 8:21 AM
Dido for rent What kinda wacko are you. The album is an inspired ode life as modern people live it. The good, the bad, the ugly. The lyrics are smart and almost like a anthropological dissertation. Defintely worth the effort if you are a discerning listsener. Not everybody's cup of tea, but then anything exclusive would'nt be. Life for rent
Ursula 2003/12/22 9:49 AM
Dido - Super Voice Dido has a unique voice, her songs are exceptional. Definetely a cd i would like to add to my collection
sarah 2003/12/22 2:40 PM
dido very relaxing, can be played over & over dido life for rent
gert 2003/12/22 9:33 PM
dido boring,lifeless rubbish for babies kid rock cocky!!
sheldon 2003/12/26 8:28 AM
dido Not unpleasant but somewhat "boring". Her regular lapses into soft falsetto and songs of similar beat/tune don't make for much variation...
gavin lundie 2003/12/26 10:39 AM
dido Not bad. Pleasant enough but not a great CD Evanescence
Monique 2003/12/27 11:24 AM
Dido Reasonably good. Although after a while you tire easily of her monotonous voice. Tori Amos - Little Earthqaukes
Lara 2003/12/27 10:22 PM
---- This CD is much more grim than the first one -seeing as it was written in the time when she broke off her engagement. But, the lyrics are hardly remembered but one thing that stands out is the beauty of her voice. First Dido CD - just as good
Joanne 2003/12/28 9:29 AM
Dido It's fluid background music mostly, but 3 or 4 songs are so heart wrenchingly good that I would buy the CD just for those songs. REM - Greatest hits
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