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Thank you by Dido was produced by her brother, Rollo of Faithless, it is a great album, which tapped into a niche market between soft pop and ambient dance music.
I really enjoyed this album when it first came out and bought it for £9.99 back in the day when CD's were full price. The album is full of songs about love and loss and it is a really cool album full of well produced songs with intelligent vocals and backing tracks.
Dido had originally appeared on a few Faithless songs, but released this debut album in 1999, it didn't do too much until 2001, when the song 'Thank You' was used for a duet with Eminem on his song 'Stan' this brought the song and singer to a worldwide audience and 'Thank You' became an international anthem. The album has currently sold around 21m copies worldwide which is pretty exceptional.
The key songs on the album are 'Thank you' a beautiful, gentle love song which still sounds lovely now, 'Here With Me' another gentle song about love and life and 'Hunter' which I think is about a woman who has a failed relationship and has to get out to find a new man. Its difficult to describe differences in the songs as every song on the album is based around soft, rhythmic beats produced by Rollo and the gentle songs of Dido.
Its an album I enjoy and although its one paced, this works if you like chilled out love songs. Dido is charming and the whole thing could either be seen as bland or chilled out, I see it as chilled out and really enjoy listening to this in a dark room whilst really relaxing.
Dido's voice is a bit like Sarah Mclachlan's but without the range, it is strange sounding and ethereal, which suits the beats perfectly, I really like this album and love her voice.
The album is available for 1p on Amazon which is pretty good value for money, so if you want to try it out, you could do worse than that.
Tracks on the album include:
1. Here With Me
3. Don't Think Of Me
4. My Lover's Gone
5. All You Want
6. Thank You
7. Honestly Ok
10. I'm No Angel
11. My Life
12. Take My Hand
14. Thank You (Deep Dish Vocal)
Dido is one of my favourite singers but she really hasn't released or done anything recently which is a shame.
I first came to notice her when Eminem used samples of her song Thank You on his track Stan. He only really used the part where she sings, "and I want to Thank You for giving me the best day of my life," but it was just such a beautiful melody and such a lovely voice that it really had me hooked and I had to find out who that was. This prompted me to buy her album No Angel as Thank you was track number 6 on the album.
Thank you has such a nice message to the song that it is one of my favourite tracks, she talks about thanking a guy for being there and that everything is alright when he is around. Apparently she wrote the song as a tribute to her boyfriend, entertainment lawyer Bob Page whom she got engaged to in 2001 but split the following year. It's a shame that now when she listens to that song it probably brings back painful memories but I still like it. This song is also on the Sliding Doors soundtrack, one of my favourite movies so this is probably why I like the song so much as well.
No Angel was Dido's debut album and was originally released in 1999. According to her official web site it went on to achieve sales in excess of over sixteen million copies worldwide. Dido's real or full name is Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong, wow, that's a mouthful. The album was firstly released in the USA and I think this is why she is perhaps better loved in the US than in England.
The first track on the album will be familiar to most if you are a fan of the American alien television show Roswell as it was used as the theme tune for the show from 1999-2002.
I also find her songs have quite a haunting melody and thoughtful lyrics and I think this fitted in well with the theme of this television show.
Another favourite of mine on this CD is I'm No Angel which is quite self-explanatory in its subject matter. The rest of the tracks are as follows:
1. "Here with Me"
3. "Don't Think of Me
4. "My Lover's Gone
5. "All You Want"
6. "Thank You"
7. "Honestly OK"
10. "I'm No Angel"
11. "My Life"
12. "Take My Hand
Well it's almost a decade since Dido hit the big time with this album and I still maintain that this is her best so far.
If you are looking for something to listen to on a Sunday morning after a hectic Saturday night out, or just want something to chillout with, then this is definitely the album for you.
There are no thumping basslines here, so if that's what you were hoping for you can forget it. This is very relaxing stuff. Dido shows us her full range of vocal talents with some sublime and haunting songs peppered through the fifty minutes or so of music here.
If you fancy some visual stimulation, the UK Edition is enhanced to include the videos for "Here With Me" and "Thank You".
The booklet is of a high quality. Lyrics are included and there is a collection of photographs which show Dido as a young girl as well as more up to date photos. There are also some photos which look as though they include family members and relatives, probably her way of saying thank you for their support in helping her to be a success.
The opening track is the atmospheric "Here With Me" which reached number 4 in the UK singles chart. The quality of Dido's vocals is immediately on show in this song which, even now, rates as one of my favourite songs by her.
Next up is "Hunter". Also a single, reaching number 17 in the UK charts. This is a more uptempo number. It is one of the "happier" songs on the album with some nice opening guitar work and good lyrics.
We then move on to "Don't Think". This is one of several tracks which deals with relationship issues. It is fairly uptempo again considering the subject matter, a woman scorned etc etc.
"My Lover's Gone" is a slow sad song, lamenting possibly the death of a loved one "the last kiss" etc. It also emphasises Dido's great voice though and is a good song.
"All You Want" is another ballad. This time telling the story of one night of unfaithfulness.
"Thank You" is probably Dido's best known song from this album, it reached number 3 and has been eclipsed only by "White Flag" from "Life For Rent" in terms of commercial success. This time the subject is contentment in love although it is still quite a slow song.
"Honestly Ok" tackles loneliness but is pleasant enough listening whilst "Slide" deals with tiredness and making mistakes. This is also one of my personal favourites.
"Isobel" tells us about friendship and her Irish roots whilst "I'm No Angel" wants to get across the message that nobody is perfect, this is a beautiful and haunting song.
"My Life" is probably my least favourite song on the album. I think it is a bit boring but at least it is short at less than three minutes.
The final track is "Take My Hand" and is a good way to round things off. After a slow start it builds into a more uptempo track and is up there with the better songs on the album.
Certainly worth buying if you are at all interested in Dido's music.
There are lots of reviews of this album track by track on the sight so this really is my opinion of the album as a whole and discussion on a couple of my favourite tracks.
This album has to be one of my all time favourites. though I must say that it is not an album to listen to when you are feeling a little bit down. The only really up beat track is one of the first singles to be released "Thank you". This was the track that Eminem sampled. The rest of the album really does have a "sad" quality to it and many of the songs relate to failed relationships and unhappy times in her life.
Probably my favourite track on the album is also one of the saddest. The track called Isobel is a fantastic story telling track. It tells of the disappearance of her friend and is proported to be about isobel having an abortion. Dido's voice on this track is very haunting and really does bring goose bumps to the back of your neck.
The album is quite easy to listen to in a musical way as Dido's voice is very gentle and soothing but some of the lyrics are quite hard hitting. This was fantastic debut album and in many ways it is a shame it was so good but I don't think any subsequent album has lived up to the quality of this one.
For completeness here is an up to date track listing as it has recently been repackaged
Here With Me
Don't Think Of Me
My Lover's Gone
All You Want
I'm No Angel
Take My Hand (UK Bonus Track)
I have always likened Dido to having a glass of water, it is all rather pleasant and acceptable yet is also quite bland and you can't help but feel it needs something injected into it to make it more exciting. Alas, Dido does not do exciting, she knows her market and makes music for the thinking man.
On this album:
You will be moved by 'Here With Me' which starts in a very gentle fashion before gradually cranking up the emotion, until Dido can bare it no longer and lets her emotions pour out over the last chorus section. I always feel very said when I hear it. 'Thank You' is more upbeat and is perfect music to listen to while the rain pours down outside. She sounds more positive on this though and in a happier place.
'Hunter' I find quite a dark affair, sung with her usual warmth but with underlying tones of mystery and despair.
If you are after a calming voice and soothing melodies then this will be right up your street. The album is quite depressing and a lot of the tracks are about love and relationships, yet Dido succeeds in putting her own personal slant on all of them. She has a believability to her voice and a warmth which will make you feel at home with her music quickly.
A recommended listen
No Angel is the 2000 debut album from English songbird Dido. It features the following singles:
'Here with me' - Like a lot of Dido's songs, there really isn't a lot to the music in this track. It's the beautiful voice of Dido that makes this song. The lyrics are about her not being able to relax until someone, presumably her lover, is resting 'here with me'. So it's a ballad of a song, and a very good one at that.
'Thank you' - Dido came to a lot of people's attention when her track 'Thank you' was sampled on Eminem's hit single 'Stan', but this is a great song in its own right. It begins with some bongos, then some guitar and then Dido's magical vocals. The chorus has a slight Enya feel to it for me, but don't let that put you off, this is a super song.
'Hunter' - Possibly the least famous of her 3 singles from the album, but I think it might be my favourite. It's not a ballad, it's more upbeat and driven along by a briskly strummed guitar and supporting drum beat. Dido's rich deep vocals sound as lovely as ever.
On all the songs in the album I find her voice to be wonderfully delicate, but with a lovely edge to it. Her tones are so soothing that you can either listen to her music, or simply put it on in the background for ambience.
This album is a great success for single british female recording artists. Her melodic songs no only are sing a long classics, they are also emotional journeys, in a song format.
You can pick up a copy of Dido - No Angel from Amazon for £4.98, plus postage and packaging. Alternatively you might want to get it from Play.com or any good high street store.
I wanted to review this album because although I am not a massive fan of Dido's music, I do think that she has immense talent and is one of the best female singer-songwriters we have in music today. Her voice is unique, her manner relaxed and her abilities to write a moving song, unparalleled. So, here we go!
Dido was born on December 25th 1971 in London, her full name is Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong (I can see why she shortened it!). Her mother is a French poet and her father an Irish publisher. Dido showed promise in music early on, attending the Guildhall School of Music from the age of 6. Prior to her solo success, Dido sang guest vocals on a few Faithless tracks (Rollo, Dido's brother is a member of the group) and this is something that she continues to do.
Dido's big break came when, in 1998, Eminem sampled one of her tracks 'Thank You' onto his 'Stan' single (Dido also appeared in the video). No Angel was Dido's debut album and was released in 1999 (in the US, it didn't appear in the UK until 2000). The album shot Dido to worldwide fame due to its mass appeal.
As a debut artist, very few singer/bands find themselves with a dynamite debut album. Those who do are extremely talented and lucky. Dido is one of these few. No Angel was the top selling album of 2001 in the UK and debuted at No. 1, spending months leaving the spot, only to regain it weeks later. All in all, the album sold 13.5 million copies worldwide - a massive achievement for an established act let alone a newcomer. Dido was responsible for all song writing and music credits on the album.
TRACK BY TRACK
1. Here with me (4.14)
As many of the tracks on this album are, this is an excellent chill out tune. The song is about, for me, the loneliness that someone feels when they are not with their loved ones. There is a touch of desperation about the lyrics and it almost seems as though the singer is anxious about being alone. Dido's vocals are fantastic and there is a soft beat resonating underneath the tune. This was the first single from the album and reached No. 4 in the UK charts.
'I won't leave
I won't go
I cannot be
Until you're resting here with me'
2. Hunter (3.57)
The pace picks up here as we are told the story of a woman wanting to get out of an unhappy relationship. We are given images of feeling trapped and helpless. Lyrically this is a great song and a nice change of pace.
'If you were a King, up there on your throne,
Would you be wise enough to let me go?
For this Queen you think you own,
Wants to be a hunter again'
3. Don't think of me (4.32)
Here Dido tells us the story of a woman scorned. Jilted by her lover, this is a revenge track - and probably my favourite song on the album. It's a bit more up tempo and angry than most songs on here and Dido sounds amazing.
'When you see her sweet smile baby,
Don't think of me,
When she lays in your warm arms,
Don't think of me'
4. My lover's gone (4.27)
This is a sad song about the loss of a loved one, the beat is very low, the lyrics haunting and Dido's voice relatively quiet.
'My lover's gone,
No earthly ships will ever bring him home again'
5. All you want (3.53)
This is the story of the one that got away - or at least it starts out that way. Dido is singing to an ex-lover she has never got over. The song is soft and relaxed but there is a twist, the singer finds herself no longer entrapped by her emotions and therefore able to let go of the love she thought she once had. I personally love this song and think it is one of the best for chilling out to - despite its subject matter.
'And I can sleep what side I want,
It's not the same, with you gone'
6. Thank You (3.37)
The full length version of the sample used by Eminem, this track was everywhere on its release. You couldn't switch on a radio without hearing it, I personally had had enough of this song by the time I bought the album but had it not been for its overplaying, I think it would be my out and out favourite. More upbeat and a happier subject matter - it is a song that praises love.
'I want to thank you,
For giving me the best day of my life'
7. Honestly ok (4.37)
That's exactly what I feel about this song! It is ok, a mediocre track which is lyrically very slow and has a weird kind of hip hop beat underneath it.
'I just want to feel safe in my own skin,
I just want to feel happy again'
8. Slide (4.53)
Again, another average track in my opinion, lyrically quite weak (for Dido), the tune is unmemorable and the song, as a result doesn't come over as heartfelt as some of the other tracks.
'It's alright to make mistakes,
You're only human'
9. Isobel (3.54)
This is, another (!) sad song, this time about a girl who has disappeared. Her car has been found with no signs of life. Dido is reflective here about the times they shared and the song is made more emotional by the vocals.
'It's been a long day coming, and long will it last,
When it's last day leaving and I'm helping it pass'
10. I'm no angel (3.55)
This is Dido's description of herself. She acknowledges that she has faults and this, as a result is a very unassuming song. It puts Dido on the same level as the listener.
'I know I'm not perfect, but I can smile,
And I hope that you can see this heart behind my tired eyes'
11. My life (3.09)
No, not a Frank Sinatra cover, this song is the story of Dido but from an angrier point of view than before. With only a piano and vocals, this shows off Dido's range of abilities to their full effect.
'What I choose to do is of no concern to you and your friends,
Where I lay my hat my not be my home, but I will last on my own'
12. Take my hand (6.42)
This is a dance track. Not in keeping with the rest of the material - nearer to a Faithless track in fact. The beat is good but I am still not keen on this song. It is, in my opinion, the weakest track here.
'Take my hand and if I'm lying to you,
I'll always be alone'
COVER AND SLEEVE
The front cover and sleeve are done in three colours; black, white and red. Inside, there are pictures of Dido ranging from childhood to present day, there are also lyrics listings for all the songs.
This album is never going to make my top ten albums list or anything but I can see why some people would list it in theirs. It's a great chill out album and whilst many of the songs sound similar/have similar themes, Dido sings and writes them with subtle differences. Vocally she is brilliant and I would recommend the album just for that.
The album is widely available, Amazon currently have it at £4.97 new or second hand from 87p! There is more information on Dido at her official website, www.didomusic.com
Ok that's my lot! Thanks for reading,
*Also published on Ciao*
There are few records that live eternally, that never age, that can always be found in any music store. A few that spring to mind are Bat out of Hell, Lexicon of Love, Thriller, Rumours and Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. No doubt you could all add one to this list. The record of the 2000?s so far, in my opinion, to join this list, is No Angel, by Dido. Dido hit the music scene thanks to a sample used by Eminem on his track ?Stan?, a song about a twisted fan that demanded attention, and ended up killing himself and his family in the process. Gory, but the naturally inspiring voice of Dido between the somewhat coarse rap lyrics of Eminem made this a must listen to record, and demanded the answer to the question, ?Just who is that girl singing the Chorus?? When she came to the limelight, I for one was surprise to see she was a chirpy, yet attractive London girl, with little music experience other than her brother?s success with the group Faithless and his record label ?Cheeky? to her credit. So the image did not match the voice. Was it a fluke record, one asked oneself? Maybe she was dubbed etc? I had to find out for myself just how good her voice really was, so I purchased No Angel, and here is my review. NO ANGEL: DIDO This record has been described as Folk, but I feel it has a more of a Soul feel to me, definitely a romantic or chilling out record, suitable for dinner parties and cosy nights by the fire. Not all the tracks follow the same persona as you would expect, but they sway from emotion to emotional, allowing your mind to experience a range of thoughts, your feet to tap, your fingers to drum, then taking you back to your first sweetheart and your last break up. In a nutshell, Dido captures every emotion in both her voice and her lyrics. Track Listing; 1. Here with me 2. Hunter 3. Don't think of me 4. My love's gone 5. All you want 6.
Thank you 7. Honestly OK 8. Slide 9. Isobel 10. I'm no angel 11. My life 12. Take my hand 1. Here with me Oh I am what I am, I'll do what I want, but I can't hide I won't go, I won't sleep, I can't breathe, until you're resting here with me I won't leave, I can't hide, I cannot be, until you're resting here with me A haunting song, lyrically I have heard better, but when sung with the in-depth musical background, a sure fire winner. This was the first song Dido released and it became the theme tune to cult Sci-fi Show Roswell High, launching her on her way to a U.S. success story. A great intro to the album and sets the mood for the following tracks. Slow and sweeping, but slightly but shows a great love and desire. 2. Hunter For this queen you think you own Wants to be a hunter again, Wants to see the world alone again To take a chance on life again, So let me go, let me leave A song that again pleads for something that a girl yearns to have, freedom! I think the lyrics to this song are extremely thought provoking and strong. It makes me think about a past relationship, and how if someone is not happy with their life, they need to be honest and allowed to move on. This track has a jazzy feel to it, punchy in the chorus, yet slow and methodical with verse. A strong base meets the chorus and makes me feel I want to beat a drum in synch with her lyrics. This could easily be an ?Our song? for an abused or oppressed woman?s society, and give an uplift to women who are in a relationship they want to get out of. One of the best tracks and a song you could leave on repeat in your CD player. 3. Don?t think of me. So you're with her, and not with me, I hope she's sweet, and so pretty I hear she cooks delightfully, a little angel beside you. Once again, th
e ref erence to Angel is strong here. This track takes a totally different approach with a bitterer theme and a punchy beat that uplifts the mood of the Album. Kind of reminds me of ?That don?t impress me much!? Shania Twain. Not that it sounds the same, but has a similar basis in its format. More of a pop influence than most of the tracks here, and a one for the ?I told you so? girls brigade. 4. My love?s gone. My lover's gone, His boots no longer by my door, He left at dawn, And as I slept I felt him go Returns no more, I will not watch the ocean, My lover's gone, No earthly ships will ever bring him home again. The lyrics on this song are as powerful and soulful as any you will ever hear. With an orchestra enchanting the mood with a symphonic background, and the powerful lyrics, this almost brings a tear to your eye. Definitely the more heart felt and heart reaching song of the collection, and not one to dwell over too long. Do not listen to this song alone! 5. All you want I'd like to watch you sleep at night, to hear you breathe by my side And although sleep leaves me behind, there's nowhere I'd rather be And now our bed is oh so cold, my hands feel empty, no one to hold I can sleep what side I want, it's not the same with you gone Oh if you'd come home, I'll let you know that This song has success tattooed all over it. I doubt there are many singers who could carry the complicated lyrics in the way Dido does, superb. It has to rate as one of my favourite tracks here, and has a strong musical accompaniment to make the chorus bold. More of a folk style that soulful, but has elements of a pop style that pushes it towards chart success. 6. Thank you. My tea's gone cold, I'm wondering why I got out of bed at all The morning rain clouds up my window and I can't see at all And eve
n if I cou ld it'd all be grey, but your picture on my wall It reminds me that it's not so bad, it's not so bad At last we come to it, that famous sample from Eminem?s Stan. The lyrical range of Dido is profound here, and as powerful as it is pure. I don?t know if Eminem made Dido famous, or this sample made Eminem?s song a big hit, an argument that will never be answered. Without the tones of our Eminem here, the song is a sure fire million seller in anyone?s collection. Who can?t help but feel that she manages to portray a miserable morning when you get up, go to work, come home, routine? It is a song that plays in your head long after you have heard it. 7. Honestly okay. On a different day, If I was safe in my own skin, Then I wouldn't be lost and so frightened But this is today and I'm lost in my own skin Erm. I had to listen to the CD again to remember this one, so I guess that says a lot for it! I feel this is a space filler and really mirrors the other tracks without having any independent value that makes you say you enjoyed it. Very instrumental and typical Dido lyrics. 8. Slide Staring at the same four walls, have you tried to help yourself The rings around your eyes they don't hide, that you need to get some rest It's all right to make mistakes you're only human Inside everybody's hiding something Take time to catch your breath and choose your moment Lyrically intense and another thought provoking one. Tells a story of a persons fear about accepting the fact they made a mistake and getting on with the rest of their life. The use of deep, orchestrated music makes this a thoughtful track and another one that you will remember. 9. Isobel. I Thought It Was Funny, When You Missed The Train When I Rang You At Home They Said You'd Left Yesterday I Thought
It Was Strange When Your Car Was Found By The Tree In Ennis Where We Used To Hang Around Another track that sounds like it was made to fill a gap rather than sell any records. Relies mainly on the strength of her voice to carry it through, and again the music seems to be repetitive of other records and has no unique style. A track to skip I?m afraid. 10. I?m no angel. If you tell me that I can't, I will, I will, I'll try all night And if say I'm coming home, I'll probably be out all night I know I can be afraid but I'm alive And I hope that you trust this heart behind my tired eyes A change of tempo produces a rather pleasant track. Emblazing the use of a catchy chorus and repetitive lyrics, this song plays on you and you find you?re humming it later that day. Good beat and more of a soul tempo than folk, for sure. 11. My life. Oh the world has sat in the palm Of my hand not that you'd see And I'm tired and bored of waiting for you And all those things you never do There are so few lyrics in this song, and another attempt to showcase her independence through singing. A rather tried attempt and does not merit its place so far along the track listing. The music repeats itself a lot and you find yourself starting to wane slightly. I think if it had been the second or third track, you would enjoy it more. 12. Take my Hand. Touch my skin and tell me what you're thinking, Take my hand and show me where we're going Lie down next to me, look into my eyes And tell me, oh tell me what you're seeing So sit on top of the world and tell me how you're feeling, What you feel now is what I feel for you A bonus track we are led to believe, and a bonus it is indeed. This track picks you up after being mesmerised by the earlier lyrically haunting tracks, and chases awa
y any sings of sadne ss you may have been feeling. A drum beat takes over here and almost challenges you to dance across the lounge with your after dinner Brandy. A great way to end an album, and a great album to end. OVERALL Re-listening and re-visiting this CD once again rekindled my thoughts of passion and meaning. Without doubt a classic that will stay on the shelf of my collection and rear its head whenever I feel the mood to think, love or even to find a lost emotion when starved of feeling by mundane daily tasks. Not something to play while driving to work in the morning, but more the one to enhance a perfect occasion. Having sold some 12 million copies, I doubt there are many people who do not have this already, but if you have not, then I thoroughly recommend this as the next CD you buy. Angus Reid For more information about her life, try this link. http://observer.guardian.co.uk/life/story/0,6903,493176,00.html For full the complete lyrics to No Angel, try: http://www.davemcnally.com/lyrics/Dido/NoAngel/ Thanks for the read.
Miss Dido Armstrong was the big thing at the turn of the century, after appearing on Eminem?s ?Stan? with a sample of her soon to be massive hit ?Thank You?, Dido was set to become a big star. The album which I am now about to review, ?No Angel? remained at the album chart top spot for a ludicrous number of weeks? this review aims to show you why. The album I have contains the bonus track ?Take My Hand? which does not appear on all copies... it also comes complete with the videos to two of her songs. So stay here with me for my review of each track one by one, the first track being? Here With Me! The track begins a droning set of synths, and a booming drum peals echoing off into the background. The singing begins very quickly, eerily echoing over the background bleeping and synth strings. Single piano arpeggios herald the start of the pre-chorus, to be then joined with a pleasant sounding acoustic guitar and a proper rhythmical drumbeat for the chorus itself. At the end of the chorus, the percussive element takes over, a very heavy crunchy beat with continued synthy beeps and sounds in the midst of the her vocals. A beautiful string section joins a second chorus, which is very pleasing to the ears. Her voice is layered a number of times in the chorus to give a fuller sound. Each time a chorus appears all the timbre dies off very suddenly, to build up once again. The end of the song comes very unexpected in this case, the beat and singing dropping off instantly to give way to the previously heard piano arpeggios? 4 and a quarter minutes in all, a wonderful start to the album. The next track is one of my favourites, ?Hunter? is a very sombre sounding tune for the most part, although the start? lyrics from the first second, accompanied by the strumming of an acoustic would not suggest this from the outset. Mean sounding cellos join the music after the first verse, along with a quiet hissy hi-hat
beat. The chorus is joined by synthesised aaaaaahing, quite sinister sounding in my opinion. ?For this queen you think you own wants to be a hunter again? Yes, it?s a song about splitting up, probably why it sounds so mean =P The later choruses use some beautiful chorals and harmonies, many people believe Dido has an awful voice, I am not inclined to agree.. she holds a note very well, and this song proves this point perfectly. Much of the rest of the song is repeating what has already been heard, accompanied by a very twangy guitar, all the timbre rolls on to the end with the final section being the aaahing. A truly great track! The next track is ?Don?t Think Of Me?, another little ditty about love problems. The song is based around two chords to begin, until the chorus? which is a heavily stringed, heavy beat ridden affair, I am not particularly fond of the singing on the chorus, it sounds too strained. Throughout the song the tune is followed incessantly by a simple 1-2 bass which really adds interest to the track, when listening to music I always have the bass put up somewhat. The end of the track goes on for a relatively long time, with incomprehensible voices in the background? finishing at the 4:30 mark. A good song, but not the best by any means. ?My Lover?s Gone? is the next track, more songs about romantic woes? on hearing the track her story is pretty self-explanatory. I?m not a big fan of this track? lots of swirly bassy synths accompany a very lonely sounding echoed Dido. Occasional acoustic guitar accentuates the ends of the song lines. The next verse brings in the guitar fully, pleasant sounding arpeggios accompany her voice, whilst a beat comprising of various metallic percussion plods along with the track. At the two minute mark, a rising synth indicates the start of a new beat, filtered snare breakbeats, and an understated Dire Straits-esque guitar solo
add some interest to the song. The first verse of the song is then repeated, with additional layers of vocals. The beat and guitar running on to the end of the track, which like all her tracks, is over 4 minutes long. This next track is lovely, ?All You Want? and once again she?s moaning about not having her guy beside her.. but at least this time she?s being pleasant about it. The first line of the track is a bit creepy.. ?I?d like to watch you sleep at night, to hear you breathe... by my side? I don?t know about you, but I don?t like the sound of that. Once again the acoustic guitar is the favoured form of music? then accompanied by a heavy bass, which actually sounds really nice! The chorus is wonderful, use of the layered vocals once again hides the fact that Dido?s voice finds it quite hard to go loud, she can hold a note beautifully, but she doesn?t throw it too well. A cello bass which sounds like it has being snatched directly from Rob D?s dustbin whilst he made ?Clubbed To Death? plays in the background? very nice. The second chorus is much the same, but is accompanied by an electric guitar with plenty of treble, yet succeeds in sounding very nice? somehow. A really beautiful song, one of my favourites. Next track is the biggie, the one that made her famous. ?Thank You? is helped by the fact all the programming has been done by her brother Rollo, one half of the DJ duo Rollo and Sister Bliss? big names in the dance music business. The beat is most curious, a quiet hooting accompanies congas and a single snare. The acoustic guitar once again makes its omnipresence, 3 chords played in a way I can?t quite work out. The chorus contains some lovely ooohing and aaahing backing vocals, which compliment Dido?s vocals beautifully. Pianos and clapping join the fray afterwards? A flute solo, perhaps panpipes is played.. which is quite nice? a happy tune, for happy people.. enjoyable to say the
least. This next track, ?Honestly O.K? is a bit odd. Sliced harmonicas and weird screeching synths make up the intro. Although it has to be said, the heavy kickdrums provided a very nice beat, I?m not a fan of the harmonica. All this is scrapped when she begins singing, once again very solitary vocals? all about not being with a man again! ENOUGH OF LONELINESS! I quite like the bass on this track, syncopated against the rest of the track it adds complexity to the track, and sounds impressive! 3 minutes sees some soft pads following her vocals? every move, the sinister edge continues throughout. I?m not a great fan of this track, but it?s better than... ..."Slide?. I?m not a fan of this track. Acoustic guitars once again, 2 note basslines once again, and congas? once again. The singing isn?t too great either.. they don?t go with the chords very well. Especially in the pre-chorus its pretty awful, and she hits high notes that are completely unnecessary? when she screeches ?Don?t Slide? and is joined by another vocal, it makes me wish I could gouge out my ears with an ice-cream scoop. The rest of the track does not change much from this formula, until the 3:30 mark, she actually makes it sound good, she yells at you over a chorus of backing vocals, yet unfortunately this gives way to the painful chorus once again, probably just to achieve her 4 minute minimum target she appears to have set herself. One to miss. ?Isobel? is an intriguing track. A drumroll beat and quiet electric guitar arpeggios join crashing cymbals. The verse is sung in an understated voice, quiet and easy on the ears. Resounding piano chords and additional percussion join the chorus. The tune doesn?t vary from this in the other verses, which is fine, because it is nice. The title track to the album is next on the playlist. A sampled ?yeah right? starts the track, with none other than cho
rds on an ACOUSTIC GUITAR! These are joined by piano chords, and a beat with intriguing vinyl feedback. The track moves along at a walking pace, with the interesting skipbeat bouncing along. The track rebels against convention, and two verses are sung before the initial chorus. Yet when it does finally get sung, its hardly very choral anyway, merely the same sort of tune, yet with backing singers. I warn you the final note of the chorus hurts your ears? =P The bit between the two choruses is curious in its structure, each bar contains a piano riff that performs a musical equivalent of a glottal stop and leaves your ears feeling a little odd. Dido fails in her 4 minute marathons here, given that her track falls a mere 8 seconds short. ?My Life? is the final track on the standard album, and is a pleasant one at that. A thumpy waltzy beat plays for a few bars, until Dido begins singing, accompanied by a low tuned piano. It?s a very a quiet track, the chorus being accompanied only by a few ?aaaah? backing vocals. A little organ trickle begins the start of the next verse, which is now followed by some very low strings, which sound really nice. The next chorus is joined by an organ and louder backing vocals? yet still sound very simple. Only three minutes in length however. A truly pleasant song, yet it is not my favourite. This accolade belongs to.. ?Take My Hand?, the bonus track upon the album. This track is produced by both Rollo AND Sister Bliss, and it truly shows too. The track is a lot more upbeat than any others on the album, and I LOVE it. The intro is a quiet strings affair, with little guitar interludes. 30 seconds brings the pre-chorus, acoustic guitar chords and a feedback synth play here. You can feel the track about to build up to something, and it does. One minute mark, and the track is accompanied by a highly unDidoish dance beat, heavy 404 bass and a simple hi-hat
beat begin, progressively building up with guitar riffles and reversed cymbals. The chords brighten up somewhat, ready for the chorus. Her voice is joined by... her own, on a slightly different note! The chorus really takes off here, beautiful strings, vocal-following pianos and heavy bass play together with the words to create a truly gorgeous sound. At 3 minutes, the end of the chorus is followed by cellos echoing off into the background. The beat continues, followed by clumsy Safri Duo-like percussive fun. The strings build up very loudly, and drop off suddenly for the next verse. The end of this verse is scarily reminiscent that of anything by U2? sounding quite a lot like ?Where The Streets Have No Name?, which is no bad thing, considering that is my favourite U2 song ever. Guitar riffles, piano and echoey synths play, her vocals are said in single sentences, and echoed away? 5 minutes and the whole caboodle (I just said caboodle?.) comes in force: pianos, 404, wonderful strings, drums, singing, backing singing.. all thrown at you in one great big end of album finale, it dies off, only to come back to finish, ending on a quiet piano solo! Six and a half minutes of highly enjoyable music, the best track on the album. So here we are, 52 minutes later. If you can?t see why this album was so successful, there is something wrong with your ears.
With the Brit Awards being held next month, I cast my mind back to last year, and wondered where has Dido gone? A former student at the Guildhall School of Music when she was the tender age of 10, her tutors marvelled at her talent as she was a competent pianist, violinist, and a keen recorder player! Even though the album was released in 1999 after 3 years in the making, 2001 into 2002 was her year, in much the same way it is for Ms Dynamite at the moment, as she seemed to come from nowhere, and was catapulted to fame with a multi platinum debut album that was hailed by every music critic and music lover, and no matter which single she released, she was guaranteed a hit, and was the a betting man's dead cert for any industry award that was on offer at any given time. I liked and still do like the music that Dido released, but the claims that she is here to say seem to be pretty unfounded, as after last year's Ivor Novello awards, where she won the coveted best songwriter award, she split with her long term fiance and seemed to go underground, and other than an appearance with her brother Rollo's band Faithless in May and inclusion on a couple of compilation albums, she has produced nothing new at all, although her website is promised much more activity and possibly a new album in 2003, and I think if she does not want her fans to move on without her then she needs to move quickly. All that aside, what about the aforementioned debut album 'No Angel'? I will give the fame away, I love it, and it is something that although I do not listen to it as frequently as I should, it fills me with such a sense of wellbeing that I know I should listen to it more. At times, I did question the amount of hype that surrounded the album, because we all know the British press love nothing more than building someone up just to enjoy knocking them down, but to date this has not happened with Dido. Opening track is the haunting 'Here Wit
h Me'. A beautiful song, but it is spoiled by the incessant beeping which is present for much of the song amongst the background music, and once your hearing hones in on it, it is all you can hear, and then the song is lost. It appears on the soundtrack to the Sky drama Roswell High, but I am always left with the feeling that whilst this is a brilliant song, it is overpowered by a ridiculous beeping noise!! As an opening track, even the weaknesses did not stop you wondering what was to follow. 'Hunter' is the song that she performed at the Brit awards ceremony last year, and it is certainly one of my favourites without a doubt. It is about a woman who wants to leave her lover who is trying to control her life. Her rich vocals flow over each word of the lyrics, and it is certainly a song which gives me a lift when I listen to it, and it is a really powerful song for women, urging us to be proud and stand up for what we want out of life rather than what our chosen partner deciding what we can have. 'Don't Think Of Me'is another song about a love affair that did not work out, and here Dido is telling an ex boyfriend to move on with his life and not concentrate on what happened between them in the past, as she realises that he has met someone else and needs to get her out of his mind, but the torture she endures watching the new relationship blossom is plain to see (or hear as the case may be), and at times there is a feeling of bitterness and jealousy in amongst the eloquent lyrics and silky vocals. 'My Lover's Gone' is a folk influenced song, which I am sure come from her family roots, as some of her family were from Northern Ireland, and is very nice background music, but in truth it is nothing more, and it could be, because the subject matter is so strong. Again, it is about lost love, but this time it is because her boyfriend has died, and she feels alone and abandoned, but knows that she must find the
strength to get her through this part of her life. This is a much mellower track that we have been presented with so far. 'All You Want' is a a stronger song, which certainly has rock and folk influences. It is a change in direction, as here the woman is quite submissive, and is asking her boyfriend to come back to her. I like the lyrics, and I like the general feel of the song, as it is quite upbeat, and mocks the subject matter a little bit. It is the kind of song I would expect to hear if I ever ventured into one of those relaxation tanks, as it certainly makes me kick back and just listen without feeling the need to do anything more. Eminem has a lot to answer for in many people's books, and I am sure very few of you reading this actually like him (although I do have to admit that I do like his material), but we must all be thankful that he decided to use a sample of the divine 'Thank You' in his song 'Stan', and then as if that was not enough exposure he also included Dido in the video so we could see who this women was who made the Eminem song such a success. Dido actually wrote the song for her then fiance Bob, and it was about the first day that they met, and it is ten times better than the sample used by Eminem. 'Honestly OK' is a track that I love to chill out to. Sit down with a nice glass of wine, low lighting and this moody, mid tempo number in the background, and it is pure relaxation, and has earned Dido many comparison to the critics darling Beth Orton, but I think that is selling Dido short as her talent is far more wide ranging than that of folk based Orton. Here Dido tries to convince people that she is fine being alone, when in truth she is so alone that she does not even get comfort from her own company. 'Slide' is a lovely song, and reminds me a lot 'Hunter', and in the chorus there is a real folk theme, and I had flashes of Clannad when I first heard it. I
n it Dido gives me the feeling that she is reminiscing, and trying to right the wrongs that have come about when she has judged people harshly, as she now realises that everyone makes mistakes. Very nice song to start and wind the album down, as we are now into the final few tracks. Don't worry thoughm you can always go straight back to the beginning again! From folk and Gaelic, Dido moves gracefully onto an African influenced track with 'Isobel'. This is a song about close friends, and could be written about any of us out there. The lyrics describe the two friends, and how they are taking stock of their lives, and thinking about things that they have experienced together. Here Dido's voice is ultra soothing, and is almost strokes your eardrums with it's velvet touch. It is so beautiful here that this song gives me goosebumps whenever I listen to it. 'I'm No Angel' is the closest to a title track that you will find on this album. Again, it is an anthem for women, and urges us to be strong, admit our mistakes, but not feel that we need to constantly apologise for them, otherwise we might as well lie down and die, because nobody is perfect, and people who make us feel inferior for not being perfect do not deserve places in our lives. This is where she really comes into her own, and she does not need vicious lyrics, or fierce vocals to get her point of view across. Laidback is the only word I can find that will describe 'My Life'. It is blissfully mellow, and the kind of song Dido really performs so well, as it allows her to portray so many emotions. I am afraid that we have now come to the end of the album, and the last track is 'Take My Hand'. This is as close to the power ballad that has made Celine Dion and Mariah Carey so famous. It is slightly more uptemp than the majority of the tracks on the album, but again the subject is love, which has been the theme throughout. The producti
on team (which included Rollo) on this album need as much credit as the artist, as this is a well defined and produced classic album, which even if the comeback we are expecting does not materialise, then it will still remain a favourite of so many people. It is an album full of emotion, and although she may not exactly wear her heart on her sleeve, and the breast beating, anst ridden ballads which so many female artists favour nowadays are notably absent, she still makes the listener have an experience whilst listening to her music. If I was trying to recommend this, I could not simply put this into a single genre of music. It has folk, it has pop, it touches on electropop in parts, and it certainly comes into the dance music genre at times. All I can say is that if you are a music lover, then this will surely hit the right note with you (pardon the pun!). Dido has a really rich voice, which is also very soft and soothing, and reminds me of Sarah McLachlan regularly throughout the album, although both are still unique, but one thing is for sure, that their music will take you on a journey of emotion and experiences, without the normal filler tracks that are present on so many releases nowadays. Buy this album, it is truly beautiful and it should feature in everyone's collection, and it is certainly worthy of every accolade bestowed upon every minute of the 52 minutes that the album lasts.
Dido shot to fame after an exert of her song 'Thank You' was sampled by Eminem for his hit single 'Stan'. This occurred in July 2000. The world then waited with baited breath for the release of Dido's debut album ' No Angel'. After its release it is now being recognised as one of the best breakthrough albums ever and has gone onto sell x8 platinum in the UK as of June 2002, selling 2.1 million copies. This in itself illustrates the calibre of the album, and that it is a must for everyone to have in their CD collection. The whole album reflects different moods and time in Dido's life, with fresh sounding vocals pitched against soft pop/rock music. This is a winning combination that has gone onto win many awards as well as critical acclaim. The frightening thing is that Dido was almost not discovered and we could have missed out on one of the greatest female vocalists in recent times. Dido is often compared to other female vocalists such as Sarah Mclachlan and Beth Orton, who also offer great intimacy, soul and feeling in their vocals and lyrics. Below are my views and opinions on the tracks featured on the album 1: Here With Me 5/5 The major release of the album is simply amazing. It starts with a big base line and then shortly afterwards Dido's chilling vocals kick in. The song is a great love ballad about not wanting to anything that does not involve your lover. The lyrics in this song are just so emotional and heart felt. Everyone will have heard this song as I think it is on the Roswell soundtrack. The track flows effortlessly through with Dido matching the soaring music with her vocals. A great song, with a powerful chorus, and the perfect way to start a great album. 2: Hunter 4/5 The third single of the album. The guitar influenced and rocky baseline is supplied with poetic backing-vocals. The vocals and lyrics to this song to me have a great innocen
ce, almost like a child lullaby, but the meaning of the song and the lyrics have a dark undertone. The track is about wanting to be in control and, not having any restraints whether they be from a partner, or work. Again great vocal that have an almost haunting edge, Dido just has such vocal diversity. 3: Don't Think Of Me 5/5 This is such an angry song, but superb at the same time. Not released as single and in my opinion in should have been. The song is about not getting with over someone who has left you and is now with someone else. The chorus is so powerful and full of aggression. The music again is classic Dido, with a heavy indie baseline. Dido's voice on this song is just so pure and really makes the song a gem. 4: My Lover's Gone 4/5 This is a haunting love ballad, with so much emotion. It may be short but it has such an impact that it is another highlight on the album. The song shows a softer side to Dido, with the music being subtle and not overshadowing or competing against the vocals. This song is totally about Dido and her voice. A great song that is so deep and heartfelt. 5: All You Want 4/5 A video was made for this song although it was never realised as single. The video was just a collection of behind the scenes and backstage footage, but that showed a little of Dido's personality. This song has a great sing along chorus that is so addictive. Another track with superb lyrics, about not taking things for granted and that sometimes what you want you already have and have just not noticed it yet. 6: Thank You 5/5 The second single of the album, starts with a nice drum baseline and the most addictive guitar kicks in. It is not long before the world famous ' My tea has gone cold' lyrics arrive. The song though would still be a great, if Eminem had not sampled it. The song just sways and plods along with a steady baseline. The vocals appear to sound
so effortless for Dido to produce and yet are so brilliant. The song in a nutshell is just about thanking some that you really love and just letting them know that you appreciate them. 7: Honestly OK3.5/5 This track has got a little bit of a techno influence, maybe provided by her brother Rolo (from Faithless). The song is maybe not in the same class as the hits of the album, but is never the less still a great song. It adds something to the experience of the album and again features some great music early in the track and the trademark brilliance of Dido's chilling vocals. 8: Slide 3/5 This has a great beat to it that sways along and the song can at times just pass you by. Powerful vocals deliver some great lyrics about it being ok to make mistakes as after all we all make them and we are only human. Another solid track that has its own strengths but not as good as earlier tracks. 9: Isobel 4/5 Again there is the traditional Dido beat that kicks the song in to life. The song just plods along and in the same manor as the previous two tracks. The factor that separates this from them however is that this song has a great hook for the chorus that will just keep you coming back for more. At times the vocals are slightly synthesized. At times there are spine-chilling vocals when Dido reaches for those superb high notes that she can. The song is about Isobel finally making the right decision and getting the courage to leave someone. 10: I'm No Angel 4/5 This brings the album back into life, with the deep and heavy baseline back into full effect. The vocals again pick up and all the way through song have a dark edge. The song is about not being perfect and that not really mattering as you can still be happy with whom you are. A great song that has a great sing along chorus that reminds you of how good Dido is. 11: My Life 4/5 This song is full of piano and is brilliant for th
at reason; the song is a great emotional ballad that suits Dido's bluesy vocal so well. Like many of the songs on the album the song just drifts along and is great to relax to or just to have on in the background. 12: Take My Hand (Bonus Track) 4/5 The album ends with this bonus track that is only available on the UK version of the album. The song has a definite dance influence. I don't really like dance music but for some reason this song just works for me and is a great way to finish the album. It also shows that Dido has so much to offer in means of diversity, and that her career can go in many directions. As with all dance tracks there is an addictive chorus. The CD is also and enhanced that features videos of ' Here With Me', and ' Thank You', which add to the experience of the CD and give you more value for money. The CD is also available in two different sleeves with a black or grey cover being available. This album has brought Dido into the public eye. She has got the accolade that she has deserved and now everyone including myself cannot wait for her follow up album. As by the time the album has finished you will just want more. I also think that Dido is touring some time later this year and that is something that I am looking into as I think that it would be a great experience. If you like female vocalist then this album is for you, although I would recommend it to everyone as it is great to listen to and have in your collection. One word of warning is that the songs can at times sound a little the same and maybe to some could be quite dull. Hope I was useful! Other information about the CD. Genre: Adult Contemporary/Singer/Songwriter Released: 29 January 2001 Number of Discs: 1 Label: Arista Total Playtime: 51.54
DIDO - NO ANGEL This album was released from the talented Dido in 1999 and has done so well, it's still in the charts 2 years later! I just had to go out and buy it, consisting of some great tracks, a few of which have been great chart releases for the soloist. I have only recently bought the album after hearing such good things about it over the media, friends and on the world wide web too! TrAcK 1 ~ Here With Me Dido's first single that she released as a soloist, Its a great track although it does make you feel a little down. It appeals to some but not to others. It is catchy and rythemic and personally I really like this song. 9/10. TrAcK 2 ~ Hunter This has also recently been released from Dido. It is a v.positive song which makes an impact on the album. It reminds you of being tied down by lovers though. 8/10. TrAcK 3 ~ Don't Think Of Me This song isn't so much the lyrics but a 'musical' track. It is an interesting song but isn't a great impact on the album. 7/10. TrAcK 4 ~ My Lovers Gone Back to Dido's strong vocals now, this song is pretty damm good! Although it is a very depressing, sad song, about a poor lover that has since died... 8/10. TrAcK 5 ~ All You Want This is Dido's latest release off the album. It is a catchy track. It is simple and v.relaxing to listen to. The verses are not complex and quietly sung, the chorus however becomes much more interesting and brings the song to life. 8/10. TrAcK 6 ~ Thank You This is the track that the famous rapper EMINEM used on his 'Stan' single. Dido went on to release her song as her own track and it is very popular, some people say that EMINEM made DIDO but after listening to this version you will know that this isn't true at all, this album also prooves how much talent she really does have. I like this track very much, it is soothing and cal
ming. 9/10. TrAcK 7 ~ Honestly Ok An in the middle song here, quite good but nothing amazingly speicial! Pure Dido style but not one of her best although I do rate this song quite highly. 8/10. TrAcK 8 ~ Slide This song is a bit more beaty than some of the others on the album. Although after a while the track does become a little boring. Still good though, just doesen't seem as good as some other tracks on this album. 7/10. TrAcK 9 ~ Isobel This track tells a story, it's also quite upbeat, I personally like this song, it's a little different but I like it very much, this is a personal fave off the album but am not sure how many others agree with me!? You might find this track a little sad though. 8/10. TrAcK 10 ~ I'm No Angel Where do you think the album title came from, well it had to come from somewhere!? You may find this track gets stuck in your head a little but still a pretty good track to listen to. 8/10. TrAcK 11 ~ My Life Not one of Dido's best but still a relatively good track but then all albums have a few week tracks don't they!? 6/10. TrAcK 12~ Take My Hand This is infact a BONUS TRACK to Dido's album and is a great BONUS at that! I like this track a lot, it focuses well on Dido's vocie. 8/10. Overall I feel that this album has as much to offer as people say it has, it shows great talent, skill and courage. It is great to listen to, relaxing, upbeat, catchy and rythemic, everything you want for a quiet night in with a CD, or maybe even a little quiet party bash (If you can have 'quiet party bashes!!!) No seriously, if you've heard a few of Dido's releases and have liked them, you will like this album, so go on out to get it. Thanks for reading, hope I've helped or inspired as always! cheers emmaxXx :0)
Florian Cloude De Bourneville Armstrong isn't a name which trips off the tongue easily which may explain why Dido didn't use her real name for her pop career. She was born on 25th December 1971 in London and soon showed a talent for music after learning to play her "stolen" recorder around her 5th birthday. After trawling around the net it appears the recorder may or may not have been stolen as reports are conflicting, amazing what you can dig up on the web, if you find the time. During her teens she was touring the country with her classical ensemble, she could play both violin and piano by age 10 and her first vocal performances were with the group "Faithless" for their "Reverence" album. Her brother Rollo had formed this band. Their parents must have loved them! "Can I have your last Rollo please?" The "No Angel" album was released after some political turmoil with Dido's record company which meant it was not released in the UK before the US, something Dido wanted. The album has been a huge success winning awards left right and centre with four tracks being single successes too, notably the first release "Here With Me" which was at number one for 6 weeks. Apparantly "Here With Me" is described as a tale of not wanting to leave the bed in which a one night stand has taken place - steady on there Florian! "Hunter" tells the tale of an unhappy young lady who wants to split with her boyfriend so she can enjoy the single life again. The thing I like most about Dido and this album is her voice, which I would describe as being very pure but sounding like it's owner has experienced a lot of things during her lifetime. It is also quite unusual which is what attracted me to her songs, I like Bjork and Cerys from Catatonia for the same reason. The lyrical content is very deep and meaningful if you listen hard and the overa
ll sound is what I would call melancholy. This is not the best album to listen to if you are feeling suicidal! Some of the tracks would be termed as pure pop others have a more ballad quality but they all demonstrate Dido's knowledge of classical music with plenty of violins and other classical instruments being used. The range of her voice is not massive but on some songs you could be forgiven for thinking you were listening to Carly Simon or Sade. At least that's what I think. "Thank You" is probably the song which Dido is most well known for as an American rapper destroyed it by talking all the way through it. Mr Mathers is undoubtedly talented but it does annoy me when you hear people say that this is what launched Dido's career, she appears on the video for "Stan" as a battered pregnant girlfriend to a deranged Eminem fan. Of all the songs on the album "Hunter" is my favourite and "Isobel" the best of the ones which has not been released as a single. Just a quick quote from my favourite track "the crown you placed upon my head feels too heavy now" - maybe that is appropriate for Jillsy, maybe "crowns" more appropriate then! I have used the website "didozone" for some of the facts on here but I have not copied it verbatim. It's a very good site for all things Dido, nice wallpaper for your desktop there, my wife is a bit jealous of Florian Cloud I think.
1. Here With Me. 9/10 ‘ Don’t wanna call my friends, they might wake me from this dream’ The song that preempted my fascination with Dido. Used as the title song for teen Sci-Fi drama Roswell High, I wanted to buy this before it actually hit the shops. An emotional thunderstorm to drench the dryness of the most barren of hearts. Great strings and honeyed vocals. Will always inspire me to think of happier times lying in a lover’s arms. 2. Hunter. 7/10 ‘For the crown you’ve placed upon my head feels too heavy now’ Mellow beats surround a song about a dissatisfied young woman who has had enough of her relationship. Great acoustic bits, but perhaps not the strongest track on the CD. Once again, strings feature nicely. 3. Don’t think of me. 9/10 ‘I hear she purrs delightfully’ A woman scorned and all that jazz, but not in an overtly angry Alanis way, but in a rather sophisticated womanly way. Cutting lyrics, with fantastic passion in her voice, lovely backing vocals. One of my favourite songs on the CD because it is so truthful and real. If anyone knows what she says in the talking bits of this song please let me know, for I am intrigued. 4. My lover’s gone. 9/10 ‘As I slept I felt him go’ This always reminds me of Sinead O Connor’s ‘Jackie’ which could be largely to do with the fact that they both trill on about the sea and lost lovers. Rather downbeat song, largely acoustic with a tambourine. Really like the background oises that always make me picture a whale. It sounds in my mind like the whale song of a pining animal. Really like the beat when it kicks in. 5. All you want. 9/10 ‘All you want is right here in this room.’ You think this is going to be an overtly sentimental track, Dido’s voice shines in this rather minimalist
ic track, with the beat of a heart and the harmonies of that could have lured many a sailor from his rightful course. This is a song with a twist in the tail. 6. Thankyou 9/10 ‘And then you call me and it’s not so bad.’ Does this imply that Marshall Mathers watched Sliding Doors? Anyway probably the most famous of Dido’s songs, butchered on countless mobile phones. Stan was a great song in it’s own right, Well done for Dido allowing Eminem to use it, but this is a fantastic tune in it’s own context as well. Chilled out beats relax you with a great baseline and a chorus that makes me feel all sparkly inside. 7. Honestly OK. ‘I’m so lonely I don’t even want to be with myself anymore’ Electronic noises swish us into this song, with an accordion and rather ‘phat’ beat. Strange really because this is a downbeat little number. The electric noises always conjure up images of little air bubbles. I always think of Dido as being under the water of her own feelings and struggling to breathe. There also seems to be a siren, which also makes me think of her as being in a critical condition. Maybe I have been thinking about this CD a little too much! 8. Slide. 9/10 ‘Inside everybody’s hiding something’ Another rather melancholy addition. Opens with acoustic and rattling noises. Rather samba beat, which is strange, but fitting as although this song is full angst, it is also full of hopes and Dido’s voice soars from the gray ashes of your psyches like a phoenix. Hurrah. One of my most treasured songs. I always listen to it when the old depression knocks on my door. 9. Isobel. 6/10 ‘It’s been a long day coming.’ Perhaps my least favourite song on the CD quite like the opening beat, but can’t see the point of this song. Sorry. Each to their own. A song about one of Di
do’s friends going AWOL. Has the same ‘whoo’ noises as Thankyou. 10. I’m no angel. 9/10 ‘I hope you can see this heart behind my tired eyes.’ Acoustic again. Rather sexy little beat, encompasses many of the sounds that have featured already on the CD. Rather minimalistic in parts. A honeyed vocal on a song that makes you glad to be a woman. 10. My life. 8/10 ‘I want the world to sit in the palm of my hand’ 8/10 Rather dark little song that I would love to have played at my funeral. Features piano. Hurrah. Also has organ and ghostly vocals, rather somber, but I always find it strangely sobering and not all that depressing. 11. Take my hand. ‘ Watch my lips and hear the words I’m telling you’ 9/10 This song is positively screaming out for a club remix. Love it. Upbeat and sexy with acoustic guitar and a lively beat and strings. Makes me think of summer and getting together with unsuitable men. A few of you might be wondering why there is no 10/10. Well, I am a hard woman to please. Basically, a song only gets ten out of ten from me if it makes me want to put it on repeat. Although this CD is very good and comes highly recommended Dido is yet to have that effect on me.
Although it's debateable as to whether Dido would have made as big an impact as she has without the aid of Eminem (an excerpt from her song was included in the song 'Stan' which topped the UK charts at the end of 2000), she's certainly managed to prove herself an artist within her own right in the past year or so, not least with the release of her album 'No Angel', which gradually creeped its way up to number one in the UK album chart at the beginning of 2001, and has hung in and around the top 10 ever since. A few weeks ago, it was officially announced as the best-selling album of the year 2001. Dido has gradually become more popular on the musical front, in a number of different ways. Her first single, 'Here With Me', is the theme tune to the extremely popular teenage-sci-fi show 'Roswell High'/'Roswell'. And as mentioned, Eminem sampled some of her song 'Thankyou' in his song, and made it an instant success for the pair of them. However, nothing has sprung her more into the world of international stardom than her début album 'No Angel'. Throughout the 12 tracks of talent-showing moving songs, the Irish singer includes a number of different styles - from soft rock to ballads, from rock-dance to rumba style. Each song is distinctive and beautiful in its own respect, so the album never tires. Not only does the music never grow old, but the CD itself features a large number of extra features, including an interesting booklet with bright colours, photo-album style pictures and the usual thanks pages at the back, a bonus track and an excellent layout. On top of this, the CD is enhanced, and has two videos on it (in Quicktime Format), continuing the chrome-metallic feel held throughout the product. Please note that these extra features are only available in the UK edition. A rather rare feature in pop music, which is found on this album, is a high quality of songwords.
All of the lyrics in each track are beautiful and have deep meaning in them, which is a pleasure to find and a real treasure in itself. Unlike some artists, who obviously try to write songs with catchy melodies, as opposed to make songs with some meaning in them, Dido manages to do both, perhaps one of the reasons why the album is as popular as it is. Here is a short review of each track: 1. Here With Me - The theme-tune to 'Roswell High', this song has been popular since Day One with fans of the show, and has become more well-known as a single since its release in 2001. A slow ballad which gradually develops into a nice rock song with a strong beat and synthesised strings, and one of the catchiest tunes of the year. 2. Hunter - The title is slightly contradictory to the style of the song. Instead of being a song of fierce and evil style, it's another soft-rock song, with some excellent one-liners including 'Oh look what the cat's bought in', and some excellent accoustic moments integrated into a song which incorporates a number of moods within its relatively short life. 3. Don't Think Of Me - More of a 'Garbage' style song in its very strong minor mood, this song has an amazing uplifting chorus considering the sad style, which makes a great contrast. The 'So you're with her' is annoyingly addictive, and will be ringing in your head for days on end without warning. 4. My Lover's Gone - In a very Celtic air feel, this song is introduced in a style not unlike Enya, which is an interesting approach, especially for an artist who is supposed to appeal to all ages, including teenagers. A rather dull song, although it makes an enjoyable change from the soft-rock feel. 5. All You Want - With a chorus that sounds rather scarily like a castrated Tarzan with a 'Aaaahhaahaall You Want', this song is otherwise very enjoyable and has proved popular with the buy
ing public in its release as a single in the past couple of weeks. Despite being the fifth song released from the album, it would still have attained a top 40 position were it not for more technical regulations. Another soft-rock song with exceptional lyrics and a very moving concept behind it of a man cheating on his wife, expressed with sentiment and feeling. 6. Thankyou - The 'My Tea's Gone Cold' song from Stan is instantly recognisable amongst the majority of listeners, despite its rumba-ness with the maracas and other percussional accompaniment, which were omitted from the sample. A very moving song, which surprisingly uses the Stan excerpt in the verse as opposed to the chorus. It takes some getting used to, but is definitely a weepingly pretty track. Sung with meaning, and intentionally so, this song is one of my favourites, and has been a recent success in the charts reaching top 10 status a few months ago. 7. Honestly OK - A rather strange blend of wailing and accordions opens one of the more experimental songs on the album, which I am sure will not be appreciated by everyone. Nevertheless, the song is meaningful and has great lyrics, and is different from anything else on the album, possibly even the planet, and the originality makes it interesting. 8. Slide - With sounds that seem to come from an 80's arcade game, rising synth effects, and bongos, this song combines a strange mixture of styles, which are only settled with the introduction of Dido's voice, but even this is disrupted with the uneasily loud chorus. Not one of the best on the album, although certainly good background music for a party. 9. Isobel - With a strong bass and a very predictable style of beat and arpeggioed guitars, this song sounds as if it is only going to be a very boring filler, although the chorus is so sweet, it completely changes your attitude towards it. The lyrics are also particularly good on this song too.
10. I'm No Angel - A welcomely upbeat song, this one has to be one of the best on the album. With another catchy tune and rhythm that would make even the most reluctant music-lover to tap his or her feet, you'll soon find this song becomes a part of you. It's scary, but true. 11. My Life - A very American-club sound piece, slow, 'ballady' and with a great display of control over voice, this song is depressing but enjoyable nonetheless, not least with the blue scales and jazz moments that are interspersed throughout this 3 minutes 9 seconds of exceptional quality singing. 12. Take My Hand (Bonus Track) - Although this song stars off relatively slow, it soon picks up into a beat which drives the song forward at a much faster rate. An enjoyable song, with dance incorporated into another beautiful ballad which is definitely worth a listen, if a little long at 6 minutes 42. This album does only appear to be another mediocre gentle rock piece on the surface, but after a few listen-throughs, you soon discover that each song has its own meaning and purpose, and her unique ability to hone in on what the British and American listeners want is what has put this album where it is today. Although Dido never seems to be giving off positive vibes in any of her songs, and each song appears to be the same as the last on the first listen through, you have to listen hard to the lyrics and rhythms before you appreciate what the album is really about, one of the main reasons why some people have discarded it as a useless and boring waste of an album. I would definitely recommend this album to anyone who loves soft-rock or pop-rock, the style of music that Dido has already proved she can control in the way that she has. Any lovers of David Gray, Emiliana Torrini or other similar artists should definitely make this a future purchase. Touching and moving in so many ways, it's not an album that is instantly likeable but eve
n though it does have a few weak tracks, still scores a respectable 4 stars in my eyes.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Here With Me
3 Don't Think Of Me
4 My Love's Gone
5 All You Want
6 Thank You
7 Honestly OK
10 I'm No Angel
11 My Life
12 Take My Hand