Released: 29th September 2003.
Since teaming up with Eminem on the massive "Stan", Dido has become a star in her own right. Her debut album, "No Angel", was hugely successful, and now she is back with her long awaited follow-up, "Life For Rent".
The album kicks off with the first single, the incredible "White Flag" - Dido's biggest single to date. It's a tough act to follow, as the second track, "Stoned" starts off with its dancey intro, before Dido adds a mellow tone to it.
The title track offers the typical Dido formula, chilled out verses and catchy chorus, and is hotly tipped to be the next single. Despite the weird title, "Mary's In India" is another highlight.
"Don't Leave Home", one of the strongest songs on the album, is full of hit single potential, with another powerful chorus from Dido, that matches "White Flag". "Sand In My Shoes" starts off with a gorgeous intro, and moves into a mid-tempo track, which is a nice change from the balladry of the last few numbers.
"Do You Have A Little Time" is another trademark Dido song, with its catchy chorus, but sompared to the rest of the album, it is a bit weak. "This Land Is Mine" raises the standard again, with its dreamy, mellow sounds. The song is followed by "See The Sun" is a pleasant way to end the album... until the hidden track of course, which isn't a bad one either.
This new album from Dido should ensure she appeals to a wider fanbase. There is a definite improvement from "No Angel". The styles of the songs are varied, and the tunes are incredible. Nothing manages to beat "White Flag", but there are still a lot of great songs and potential singles on "Life For Rent". One of the best albums of the year.
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