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Editors’ Notes

This English chanteuse takes her time and immerses herself in placid, soothing soundscapes that compliment her smooth, pretty voice to the point where you might miss the emotional insecurities that run just beneath the surface. On just her third solo album since her 1999 debut, Dido continues her streak of attractive adult-contemporary pop. “Don’t Believe In Love” and “Never Want to Say It’s Love” use Jon Brion’s creamy keyboards and steadying production hand to hide the tough questions facing lovers at any point of introspection. Brian Eno adds his extra flourishes to “Grafton Street”, a six-minute ethereal moan through flute-inspired fields of remorse. Mick Fleetwood, Citizen Cope and Questlove from the Roots make cameo appearances that strengthen the tunes in subtle ways. But it’s still Dido’s show. It’s her melancholy that shadows the sweet melodies of “It Comes and It Goes” and “Northern Skies” and paces the slow mourn of the piano ballad “Look No Further”.  “Us 2 Little Gods” adds an extra skip-step for balance, while “Let’s Do the Things We Normally Do” pushes through with a nightclub ambience, but it’s only a diversion from the ominous clouds that circle her existence.

Customer Reviews

Great album - and quite a change in pace

I like Dido. There is something about her music that just sticks in my mind. This album feels mellow compared to her other material, but it also feels deeper and somehow more revealing about who Dido is. The sound is much less stadium, but instead has an intimate feel that I really enjoy. Think of an audience in a quiet country pub - but one where you walk away wishing for more. I've only had a couple of full listens, but I know this album is going to please me for a long time to come. Enjoy...

Glad to have Dido back

I've missed Dido's soft vocals these past few years in the charts, thankfully she is back with Safe Trip Home. What a great album, some really outstanding songs, Grafton Steet, Northern Skies are incredible. I can say that I really like all of the songs on this album, some of the tracks are really haunting and you can really sense her emotions as she sings. This is one album I am going to enjoy over and over.

British songstress leads us on a Safe Trip Home

With so many new and exciting twists and turns in a musician’s career some artists may be tempted to dramatically change their style all too often to keep listeners coming back for more. However much some may have looked forward to a Madonna-esque transformation for our beloved British songstress, Dido has evolved slowly and maturely yet always wisely - she tells us a story, makes her record and invites those who want to join in pull up an ear and listen to what she has to say. If Dido is feeling sombre and melancholy, she will make a record that reflects that, pouring all her heart and soul into amazingly unique music. There really is no other voice like Miss Armstrong's. During the writing process of this record I guess she was feeling more reflective and serious than she has been on previous albums - and it shows too. For those who find themselves in a similar reflective mood, this record will reach out to their soul. It will not be everybody's cup of tea immediately. Dido does not and will not seek mass market appeal for the sake of it - if the world happens to love her music, all the merrier but I suspect that her lyrics have more integrity than that. I could argue and defend Dido all day about not reaching new heights of pop stardom by moving out of mid-tempo for more than a few occasions, but she needn't so. Some would say her lack of drastic change holds her back - but she shouldn’t for the sake of it. She doesn't need to. Its not the Dido we all know and love. She speaks her mind when she feels necessary and not a moment too soon or a minute later than needed. Maybe she would be better by upping the ante of pop - but where would she go and why? When the beauty of her lyrics conveys some very real emotions from life that we have all or will all feel from that soft, reassuring and easy flow. The main album has its highlights - but will only be found after repeat listens. Quiet Times, Never Want to Say It's Love and It Comes and It Goes along with Us 2 Little Gods will appeal to lighter listeners. More medium tracks are Lets Do, and Burnin’ Love. The really deep tracks are Grafton Street, Look No Further, The Day Before the Day and Northern Skies will hauntingly warm you from the inside out. For One Day and Summer are absolutely brilliant bonus tracks and really lighten up the end of the album after Northern Skies - Dido has a bit of flow here, followed by a “reprise” of Northern Skies (the remix) which I consider to have a softer feel to it. I have not heard the 5/4 mix - it is not on the CD version of the deluxe. I am slightly perplexed about the sudden addition of "extra" and "bonus" tracks because they never were on previous albums. However I do feel the extra money is worth it for the extra tracks because they are beautiful and compliment the album nicely - lighting up the end considerably. Give it a go and take the plunge - do not worry about any inaccessibility from the darker themes as it really has a prominent “No Angel” feel to it on some tracks - it had some darker tracks than S.T.H - take "Isobel" for example. You do not notice this as there is lots of electronic music present to keep the air busy and moving quickly rather than a haunting/peaceful quietness with beautiful instruments. (These are refined and do not intrude on he new tracks by the way) One perfect thought is that of the front cover - imagine the astronaut singing to himself and Earth listening to him. It’s quiet and could be intimidating but by being brave you will reap the rewards when if these tracks speak to you – and that may not necessarily be now but somewhere Dido will help ease a troubled mind and mend a broken heart.

Biography

Born: 25 December 1971 in Kensington, London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The electronic pop chanteuse Dido entered London's Guildhall School of Music at age six; by the time she reached her teens, the budding musician had already mastered piano, violin, and recorder. After touring with a British classical ensemble, she accepted a publishing job. Meanwhile, she sang with a series of local groups before joining the trip-hop outfit Faithless — helmed by her older brother, the noted DJ and producer Rollo — in 1995. The group released its debut album,...
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