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Dido - Safe as Home

2008-12-12 15:00
The singer-songwriter’s third solo album contains, like her previous work, many songs about love and loss. Unfortunately this is no recipe for chart success.

Not only is Dido still getting over heartache, she is also dealing with physical loss. “Grafton Street” is about her father’s death in 2006. She proves that she is as good a songwriter as ever, penning such sensitive lyrical moments as “and time we always lose is finally found here with you/ my love I know you’re leaving but I will stand here by you”.

She also expands her instrumental contributions, actually making the recorder sound like an instrument capable of invoking emotion on “Grafton Street”.

“The Day before the Day” reminds you of W.H. Auden’s poem “Funeral Blues”, made famous by the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral. It’s a pensive poem where Dido expresses the pain of seeing everybody else move on after you have lost a loved one with a simple: “speeches won’t be made today, clocks will carry on”.

Elsewhere the album also chronicles Dido’s troubled with relationship with love. First she proclaims that she does not believe in it (“if I don’t believe in love nothing is left for me”). Next she expresses regret (“I miss you, I want you/but I can’t have you, even when you’re here”). Then she longs for love (“I never want to say it’s love, but it’s really what I’m thinking of”). And finally she is plain perplexed (“Some days I want love, some days I don’t”).

This is obviously one confused girl.

Still, despite the somewhat depressing themes, Dido’s voice and lyrics are upbeat enough to make you not want to slit your wrists. While Safe Trip Home may not produce any major singles it is a good listen overall, and should be enjoyed by anyone wanting to listen to slow and thoughtful music who may be equally troubled with love.

The songs on Safe Trip Home are generally much slower than her previous two albums, but Dido’s signature dreamy voice and melancholy lyrics are all still there.


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