12 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Beneath its modern sonic veneer, Dido's No Angel is an album very much in the British pop chanteuse tradition of Dusty Springfield, Sandie Shaw, and Tracey Thorn — she shares the classy demeanor and cool intelligence that typified these earlier hit-makers. Superbly produced by her brother Rollo Armstrong (with help from Rick Nowels, Youth and others), No Angel abounds with insinuating tunes, simmering electronic beats and unexpected acoustic embellishments. With a sharp eye for lyrical detail, Dido traces love's small pleasures and lingering hurts in tracks like "Thank You," "Hunter" and "All You Want." Loneliness is a reoccurring topic here, sensitively expressed in "Here With Me" and "My Lover's Gone." Thoughtful pieces like "Isobel" contrast with sensuous dance-pop tracks like "Take My Hand." Best of all is "Don't Think of Me," a scathing put-down of an ex-lover, riding upon a gorgeous melody and dressed in sumptuous strings. Collectively, these songs create a fully rendered portrait of the artist without becoming insular or self-indulgent. No Angel went on to become a world-wide smash and ranks as one of the best pop albums of the decade.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Beneath its modern sonic veneer, Dido's No Angel is an album very much in the British pop chanteuse tradition of Dusty Springfield, Sandie Shaw, and Tracey Thorn — she shares the classy demeanor and cool intelligence that typified these earlier hit-makers. Superbly produced by her brother Rollo Armstrong (with help from Rick Nowels, Youth and others), No Angel abounds with insinuating tunes, simmering electronic beats and unexpected acoustic embellishments. With a sharp eye for lyrical detail, Dido traces love's small pleasures and lingering hurts in tracks like "Thank You," "Hunter" and "All You Want." Loneliness is a reoccurring topic here, sensitively expressed in "Here With Me" and "My Lover's Gone." Thoughtful pieces like "Isobel" contrast with sensuous dance-pop tracks like "Take My Hand." Best of all is "Don't Think of Me," a scathing put-down of an ex-lover, riding upon a gorgeous melody and dressed in sumptuous strings. Collectively, these songs create a fully rendered portrait of the artist without becoming insular or self-indulgent. No Angel went on to become a world-wide smash and ranks as one of the best pop albums of the decade.

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About Dido

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, Reverence, the following year. It went on to sell over five million copies worldwide, and Dido parlayed her newfound success into a solo deal with Arista Records.

Dido's ethereal solo material combined elements of acoustic pop and electronica. She released her debut LP, No Angel, in mid-1999, and supported the release by joining the Lilith Fair tour that summer. However, her biggest break arrived in 2000, when rap superstar Eminem sampled one of her tracks, "Thank You," for the chorus of his hit single "Stan." The result was a surprisingly touching song, and demand for the Dido original quickly escalated. "Thank You" became a Top Five smash in early 2001, as did the accompanying No Angel, whose album sales topped 12 million copies worldwide by the time Dido returned to the spotlight two years later.

In September 2003, she released her long-awaited follow-up, Life for Rent. This sophomore effort was layered with personal hardship and heartbreak, marking some of Dido's more honest material yet. An eagerly anticipated record, it became one of the fastest-selling albums in U.K. history, quickly going multi-platinum at home while also moving several million copies in America. Following a world tour, Dido once again retreated from the public eye in 2005 to work on her third solo release. Safe Trip Home arrived in 2008, featuring collaborations with Brian Eno, Mick Fleetwood, and Citizen Cope. Shortly after this, she recorded the single "Everything to Lose," which subsequently appeared on the Sex and the City 2 soundtrack. In 2011, she worked with producer A.R Rahman on the single "If I Rise" and began work on her fourth studio album, Girl Who Got Away, with producers Rollo Armstrong and Jeff Bhasker, as well as guest producer Brian Eno on the track "Day Before We Went to War." Described by herself as a "big, fun electronic extravaganza," the album was scheduled for release in early 2013 ~ Jason Ankeny

  • ORIGIN
    Kensington, London, England
  • BORN
    December 25, 1971

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