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Album: Dido - Life for Rent
Monday, 2003 November 10 - 11:48 pm
This album grows on you, in a way that the first album didn't. Here's hoping radio stations don't ruin it with overplay.

At first, Dido's "Life for Rent" struck me as just her sophomore album of pop-friendly songs, made for music executives hungry for a blockbuster follow-up to "No Angel". But after listening a few times, the songs really started to grow on me, particularly "Who Makes You Feel", with its bittersweet lyrics about a relationship going south. There's also a fantastic song that's oddly hidden after the seven-minute mark of track 11. (Why do people do this?)

There is a hidden depth to these songs that doesn't become apparent without repeated listening. That's the opposite reaction I had to "No Angel", which seemed deep at first but became more mundane over time (probably due to radio and TV overexposure). Not that "No Angel" wasn't an excellent and groundbreaking album; it's just that I need a break from all that airplay.

My one complaint about this CD is that it's too short... it left me feeling a bit incomplete, as if Dido were saving her best stuff for her third album.

CD rating: 4/5

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