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Album Review

Life for Rent doesn't offer anything that drastically different from Dido's debut album, No Angel — the dance beats are marginally fresher, the production is clean and new — but this predictibility is actually rather refreshing because the album delivers on its promise, unlike many sophomore affairs in 2003. That its promise is rather modest doesn't really matter, since Dido is successful at modest songs. She has a sweet, warm voice and a knack for tuneful modern folk-pop that sounds intimate while being confidently catchy and nicely atmospheric. In other words, it retains the feel of No Angel and its two big hits, "Here With Me" and "Thank You," without ever rewriting either song, but contributing songs like "White Flag," "Stoned," "Life for Rent," and "Do You Have a Little Time," which are nearly as memorable. The appeal of Life for Rent is what makes Dido appealing — she's unassuming and gentle, but her songs are so melodic and atmospheric they easily work their way into the subconscious, and the records are well-crafted enough to be engaging on repeated plays. So, Life for Rent isn't much different than its predecessor, but that's a very good thing in this case.

Customer Reviews

Amazing Album!! Helped me with a tough part of life

When my parents got a divorce, my mom listened to this album non-stop, it helped her get through it and at the time it got on my nerves how much she played the music, but when I look back at those times I realize that this CD helped me get through one of the worst parts of my life. It's an amazing album, White Flag, Don't leave Home and Mary's in India are some of the most amazing songs

Dido's Perfect Album

I think this has to be the perfect album EVER in my opinion becuause to me, I love every single track of the whole album and I think it's pretty difficult to like all of the songs in an album so thank you for "Life For Rent". I Love it!


this album has been out for years and only one other person has written a review about it?? honestly i love this album...its one of those "you can play while your tying to sleep" and it will actually make you fall asleep but not cause its boring but because its soft and makes you wonder.'s great.


Born: December 25, 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, Reverence, the following...
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