Life For Rent (Dido)

Life For Rent (Dido)

     
 

Her solo debut, No Angel -- abetted by her appearance on Eminem's "Stan" -- made this moody British songstress one of the most surprising entrants into pop's multi-platinum club. It's taken her a few years to come to terms with taking the next step, but Life for Rent is a confident stride forward for Dido, as evidenced by theSee more details below

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Her solo debut, No Angel -- abetted by her appearance on Eminem's "Stan" -- made this moody British songstress one of the most surprising entrants into pop's multi-platinum club. It's taken her a few years to come to terms with taking the next step, but Life for Rent is a confident stride forward for Dido, as evidenced by the lush orchestrations of the opening "White Flag." That song, colored in the bruised tones of a still-fresh breakup, sets the mood, which revolves, by and large, around Dido's split with her longtime beau. She flits between relief and regret, stepping gingerly into the former emotion on the album's sole up-tempo number, "Sand in My Shoes," and falling into the latter on the sparse title track and the rest of the album. Following No Angel, most of Life for Rent's melodies were constructed by the singer's brother, Rollo Armstrong (of the dance-pop duo Faithless). He matches her musings with airy whoosh and a dash of techno-folk, hitting nerves particularly with the obsessive "Don't Leave Home." Dido's fondness for hazy ambience is generally a positive influence, but on occasion -- the appropriately titled "Stoned," for instance -- she all but disappears behind the veil of swirling synths and lackadaisical rhythms. For the most part, however, Life for Rent gives the singer enough room to brood -- and offers the listener enough incentive to climb into its darker chambers to join her.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2003
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0828765013727
catalogNumber:
50137

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