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Greatest Hits

Review Dido, one of the world's best-selling female recording artists of all time with over 30 million albums sold, wraps 2013 with the release of GREATEST HITS, set for release November 25th on RCA Records.

The collection features a brand new track entitled "NYC" produced by Greg Kurstin, plus 17 hits including "Thank You," "White Flag," "Life For Rent," Eminem's "Stan," Faithless' "One Step Too Far" and the Oscar-nominated "If I Rise" written with A.R. Rahman for the film 127 Hours.

Earlier this year, Dido released Girl Who Got Away, her 4th studio album. Dido's first two albums No Angel (1999), Life for Rent (2003) were followed by her critically-acclaimed Safe Trip Home (2008). Her total album sales now surpass the 30 million mark.
Life for Rent

Review Dido, one of the world's best-selling female recording artists of all time with over 29 million albums sold, returns with her strongest album yet entitled GIRL WHO GOT AWAY

Working once again with her brother Rollo Armstrong, who produced the majority of the album, Dido collaborated with a "who's who" of hit makers including Brian Eno, Jeff Bhasker, Rick Nowels and Greg Kurstin to create an album of finely, self-penned songs and soul-baring pop with electro, folk, hip hop, ambient and dance infusions.

The album GIRL WHO GOT AWAY is a captivating collection of well-crafted songs and stunning production: from the euphoric "Go Dreaming," to the barbed wit of End of Night, the folky "Sitting On The Roof Of The World" to the dance-y-yet-dark "Blackbir" to the album's title track which Dido shares: "It's one of my favorite songs on the record," she says. "...but I guess it also sums up the last few years for me. Taking a step back from it all and going off to have the whole happy adventure of starting a family and making an album that I really am so proud of. And now I just can't wait for people to hear it."
No Angel

Review Dido's debut is molded from Sarah McLachlan's intimate soul, Sinéad O'Connor's Celtic yelp, and Beth Orton's morose resolve--with all the sharp edges rounded out. Sculpted by producers Rollo (her brother) and techno-scientist Youth, No Angel is dream-pop mixed with Portishead-esque trip-hop; the results are midtempo ballads that would feel at home in Seal's neighborhood. The melancholy opener, "Here with Me," incorporates acoustic rhythm guitar, fluid strings, and a snare-driven tempo that simulates the slapping of rain off a windshield. "My Lover's Gone" is ethereal and misty, sounding at once ancient and modern with its synthesized ocean sounds and seagull cries. The only clunker is "Don't Think of Me," a passive, soft-bellied cousin to Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know." These songs play out beautifully in that quiet zone between slumber and consciousness--where you can see everything behind closed eyes. --Beth Massa
Girl Who Got Away

Review Oldies Coll.-80's ~ Life For Rent
Safe Trip Home

Review Despite its somewhat polite, trip-hoppy surface, Dido Armstrong’s music frequently rests on a melancholy that can only be called courageous in the current pop world. Few singer-songwriters with 12 million record sales behind them would offer a single such as Life for Rent’s "White Flag," which is in part an apology for the "mess and destruction" the narrator has left with her lover. Emotions are even stickier on other tracks, with Dido’s Dusty-ish voice coolly sweeping through "Don’t Leave Home," one of the creepiest codependent-love songs since "Every Breath You Take," and in "Who Makes You Feel," ticking off a list of reasons why an affair is dying, while also admitting that she still loves the guy. It’s a hard-won romanticism, too, that pokes its head up in the tough-minded "This Land is Mine" and "Do You Have a Little Time" ("I’d like to hold you still/Remind you of all you’ve missed"). A knotty and rewarding album. --Rickey Wright
Greatest Hits

Review Dido's Safe Trip Home album was produced by Jon Brion (Kanye West, Fiona Apple), Rollo (Faithless, New Order) and Dido. This album's first single is 'Don't Believe In Love'. Propelled by the massive hit 'White Flag,' Life For Rent sold 8 million units worldwide, 2.1 million in the US. Dido is one of the world's best selling female artists of the new millennium, with only two studio albums and over 20 million in worldwide album sales. Dido's 2000 release No Angel has been certifi ed 4x Platinum in the US alone!
The Essential Sarah McLachlan

Review (Amazon.co.uk Review) Safe Trip Home, the third album from singer-songwriter Dido, sees the chanteuse cook up a slightly different ambience than on previous albums No Angel (1999) and Life for Rent (2003). Though her signature elements remain in place--the limited, slightly cracked falsetto; the dreamy, comforting trip-hop vibe--there seems to be an extra density to Safe Trip Home, doubtless provoked by the loss of her father in 2006. The added weight is predominantly in the lyrics, which tend to focus on loss and heartache, but there's extra detail and depth in the musicianship too, since Dido has been busy honing her skills as a multi-instrumentalist. Despite the denser themes, the music still drifts by in classic Dido style, moving smoothly through the insouciant “Don't Believe in Love", the aptly titled “Quiet Times", and “Never Want to Say It's Love", before arriving at the somber-yet-elegant six-minute standout “Grafton Street", co-written with Brian Eno and featuring Mick Fleetwood on drums. The rest of the album unfurls in similarly sophicticated fashion, featuring the folkish “Look No Further", the upbeat “Us 2 Little Gods", and a nine-minute poetic closer called “Northern Skies". Put simply, Safe Trip Home is Dido in superlative form. --Danny McKenna
Dreams: The Collection - The Cranberries

Review DIDO LIVE AT BRIXTON ACADEMY (CD+DVD)
Collection, The

Review Recorded at London's Brixton Academy in 2004, Dido Live draws on material from 1999 debut No Angel and 2003 follow-up Life for Rent. As she notes early in the show, "It's very nice to be in a place where I've seen hundreds and thousands of gigs." Dido and five-piece band--including two percussionists--proceed to execute a tight 14-song set, touching on favorites like "Thank You" (famously sampled by Eminem for "Stan") and "White Flag," followed by a three-song encore. In David Barnard’s soft focus film, the singer/songwriter mostly swings and sways to the music, joining in on keyboards for "Do You Have a Little Time" and acoustic guitar for "Mary's in India" and "See the Sun." Highlights include the driving "See You When You're 40" and trip-hop rave-up "Honestly OK." The DVD is packaged with a CD featuring 12 tracks from the same three-night engagement (in slightly altered sequence). --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Stars: The Best of the Cranberries, 1992-2002

Review First single off the British singer/songwriter's hit 1999 album, 'No Angel' and also the theme song to the WB sci-fi TV series 'Roswell'. Tracks, 'Here With Me' (Radio Edit, Lukas Burton Mix, Chillin' With The Family Mix and Parks And Wilson Homeyard Dub)
Glorious: The Singles 1997-2007

Review JANET BAKER - PURCELL: DIDO AND AUNEAS - CD
Girl Who Got Away

Review Yet another cut from the worldwide pop sensation Dido Armstrong's 2000 debut 'No Angel'. Features three mixes & an enhanced video track.
Safe Trip Home

Review Dido ~ White Flag / Stoned / Paris
Greatest Hits

Review Dido, one of the world's best-selling female recording artists of all time with over 30 million albums sold, wraps 2013 with the release of GREATEST HITS, set for release November 25th on RCA Records.

The collection features a brand new track entitled "NYC" produced by Greg Kurstin, plus 17 hits including "Thank You," "White Flag," "Life For Rent," Eminem's "Stan," Faithless' "One Step Too Far" and the Oscar-nominated "If I Rise" written with A.R. Rahman for the film 127 Hours.

Earlier this year, Dido released Girl Who Got Away, her 4th studio album. Dido's first two albums No Angel (1999), Life for Rent (2003) were followed by her critically-acclaimed Safe Trip Home (2008). Her total album sales now surpass the 30 million mark.
Life for Rent

Review Dido, one of the world's best-selling female recording artists of all time with over 29 million albums sold, returns with her strongest album yet entitled GIRL WHO GOT AWAY

Working once again with her brother Rollo Armstrong, who produced the majority of the album, Dido collaborated with a "who's who" of hit makers including Brian Eno, Jeff Bhasker, Rick Nowels and Greg Kurstin to create an album of finely, self-penned songs and soul-baring pop with electro, folk, hip hop, ambient and dance infusions.

The album GIRL WHO GOT AWAY is a captivating collection of well-crafted songs and stunning production: from the euphoric "Go Dreaming," to the barbed wit of End of Night, the folky "Sitting On The Roof Of The World" to the dance-y-yet-dark "Blackbir" to the album's title track which Dido shares: "It's one of my favorite songs on the record," she says. "...but I guess it also sums up the last few years for me. Taking a step back from it all and going off to have the whole happy adventure of starting a family and making an album that I really am so proud of. And now I just can't wait for people to hear it."
No Angel

Review Dido's debut is molded from Sarah McLachlan's intimate soul, Sinéad O'Connor's Celtic yelp, and Beth Orton's morose resolve--with all the sharp edges rounded out. Sculpted by producers Rollo (her brother) and techno-scientist Youth, No Angel is dream-pop mixed with Portishead-esque trip-hop; the results are midtempo ballads that would feel at home in Seal's neighborhood. The melancholy opener, "Here with Me," incorporates acoustic rhythm guitar, fluid strings, and a snare-driven tempo that simulates the slapping of rain off a windshield. "My Lover's Gone" is ethereal and misty, sounding at once ancient and modern with its synthesized ocean sounds and seagull cries. The only clunker is "Don't Think of Me," a passive, soft-bellied cousin to Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know." These songs play out beautifully in that quiet zone between slumber and consciousness--where you can see everything behind closed eyes. --Beth Massa
Shine On

Review Oldies Coll.-80's ~ Life For Rent
Dido Live (DVD/CD Set)

Review Despite its somewhat polite, trip-hoppy surface, Dido Armstrong’s music frequently rests on a melancholy that can only be called courageous in the current pop world. Few singer-songwriters with 12 million record sales behind them would offer a single such as Life for Rent’s "White Flag," which is in part an apology for the "mess and destruction" the narrator has left with her lover. Emotions are even stickier on other tracks, with Dido’s Dusty-ish voice coolly sweeping through "Don’t Leave Home," one of the creepiest codependent-love songs since "Every Breath You Take," and in "Who Makes You Feel," ticking off a list of reasons why an affair is dying, while also admitting that she still loves the guy. It’s a hard-won romanticism, too, that pokes its head up in the tough-minded "This Land is Mine" and "Do You Have a Little Time" ("I’d like to hold you still/Remind you of all you’ve missed"). A knotty and rewarding album. --Rickey Wright
Dark Sky Island (Deluxe)

Review Dido's Safe Trip Home album was produced by Jon Brion (Kanye West, Fiona Apple), Rollo (Faithless, New Order) and Dido. This album's first single is 'Don't Believe In Love'. Propelled by the massive hit 'White Flag,' Life For Rent sold 8 million units worldwide, 2.1 million in the US. Dido is one of the world's best selling female artists of the new millennium, with only two studio albums and over 20 million in worldwide album sales. Dido's 2000 release No Angel has been certifi ed 4x Platinum in the US alone!
Day Breaks

Review (Amazon.co.uk Review) Safe Trip Home, the third album from singer-songwriter Dido, sees the chanteuse cook up a slightly different ambience than on previous albums No Angel (1999) and Life for Rent (2003). Though her signature elements remain in place--the limited, slightly cracked falsetto; the dreamy, comforting trip-hop vibe--there seems to be an extra density to Safe Trip Home, doubtless provoked by the loss of her father in 2006. The added weight is predominantly in the lyrics, which tend to focus on loss and heartache, but there's extra detail and depth in the musicianship too, since Dido has been busy honing her skills as a multi-instrumentalist. Despite the denser themes, the music still drifts by in classic Dido style, moving smoothly through the insouciant “Don't Believe in Love", the aptly titled “Quiet Times", and “Never Want to Say It's Love", before arriving at the somber-yet-elegant six-minute standout “Grafton Street", co-written with Brian Eno and featuring Mick Fleetwood on drums. The rest of the album unfurls in similarly sophicticated fashion, featuring the folkish “Look No Further", the upbeat “Us 2 Little Gods", and a nine-minute poetic closer called “Northern Skies". Put simply, Safe Trip Home is Dido in superlative form. --Danny McKenna

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