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Life For Rent

Dido Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (386 customer reviews)
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1. White Flag
2. Stoned
3. Life For Rent
4. Mary’s in India
5. See You When You’re 40
6. Don’t Leave Home
7. Who Makes You Feel
8. Sand In My Shoes
9. Do You Have a Little Time
10. This Land is Mine
11. See the Sun

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Product Description

Japanese pressing includes one bonus track 'Clozer'. Sony. 2009.

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Life for Rent was always going to be a tough prospect for Dido--how to follow up the multi-million selling No Angel? On initial inspection, it sounds like she's decided to stick to the safe option--if it ain't broke, don't fix it. So, it's business as usual with down-tempo beats, lush orchestrations, the odd bit of acoustic guitar and her distinctive voice as the cherry on top. However, a closer examination of the lyrics shows that the sweet happy English Rose has a much darker side to her--the joyous revelations of tracks such as "Thank You" on her debut album have been replaced by the sound of her heart breaking. Dido writes from the heart, sharing her personal life with her audience, so Life for Rent tells the tales of her life away from the recording studio, in particular her public break up with her long-term boyfriend and all the apparent mess that ensued. With tales of rows ("Stoned"), confusion following an ended love affair ("White Flag") and her inability to settle down ("Life for Rent"), it's insecurities, self doubt and despair all around. There is hope, with one of the album's musical highlights "Sand in My Shoes", which sees her going off on holiday and embarking on a holiday romance--halfway between Club 18-30 and Shirley Valentine. It's impossible not to think of Bridget Jones when listening to the album, and this, in the first instance, is the audience for whom this album will reach out and touch. --Melanie Wilkin

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4.0 out of 5 stars Dido's newest CD really does see the sun again Oct. 26 2003
By Amelia
Format:Audio CD
In her follow-up sophomore album to her hit debut album, Dido's become comfortable enough with her voice to carry the melody, relying less on the background instrumentation that was so prominent on "No Angel" and letting her soft-spoken tones flow through.
"White Flag" was a strong single to help launch promotion for this album, the familiar background luring old fans back, the music video's presence of Angel's David Boreanaz a second motivating factor, yet it's not truly reflective of the overall ambience of the song. In many respects, her second single "Life for Rent" is a better beautiful demonstration on how Dido's branched out more and begun to emphasize her voice, the slightly breathy yet warm and rich sound.
Some amused cynicism has crept into her music, her lyrics echoing her sly wit and amused status on songs such as "Stoned" , "Mary's In India". Clearly relaxed with her writing style now, a rather positive aura exudes from this album, her comfort flowing in my personal favourites "Don't Leave Home" and "See the Sun". The latter, in particular, has a great drum beat and hits a homey note that leaves you contentedly working, with your toe tapping along.
Dido incorporates a different, more modern rhythm with an unsettling vibe at first on "Who Makes You Feel", echoed slightly on "Do You Have a Little Time" which becomes more familiar with several listens. As if apologetically compensating for the new style, "WMYF" is followed up immediately by "Sand in My Shoes" which is a more traditional-Dido style song, possibly the most upbeat with a quick tune which brings a flavour of bubbly pop with Dido's usual eloquent lyrics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mellow Music with Angelic Vocals Nov. 11 2003
Format:Audio CD
Although I liked her "No Angel" album better, "Life for Rent" is pretty good. Her voice is subdued and airy and aside from the hit single, "White Flag", I loved "Who Makes You Feel"...It has a bluesy/jazz element to it and is very sensual. The beats in all her songs are great and her music is enjoyably minimalistic. She proves that sometimes less is more. A great singer and a great album!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD! Aug. 18 2004
By Chad
Format:Audio CD
I gave this CD 4 starts instead of 5 because there are a few songs that are too slow and kinda boring, but the CD is good overall.
The Songs...
1. White flag: one of the best on the album, really like it. 10/10
2. Stoned: another very good song, the beat is excelent. 10/10
3. Life for rent: this is a nice song, a cool meaning. 9/10
4. Mary`s in india: kinda slow, but it gets better after a few listens, not much music in this song, my least favorite. 6.5/10
5. see you when you`re 40: I still don`t know all the words to this song, but i know some of it and it`s a pretty good song. 8/10
6. Don`t leave home: the 2nd single, and an excelent song! I can`t see why anyone whould not like this song, it`s one of the best on the CD. 10/10
7. Who makes you feel: I really like this song, it`s different then the rest on the album, an easy sing along and just a cool song. 9.5/10
8. Sand in my shoes: This one is a little faster then the rest and it sounds really good, cool music around the middle when she`s not singing. 9/10
9.: Do you have a little time: I love the lyrics in this one, (why do you still run when you could walk with me life will pass you by when you move this quickly) great song! 9.5/10
10. This land is mine: her voice shines here, an awesome song. 10/10
11. See the sun: this song is beautiful, no one could sing it like Dido, another excelent song, Very relaxing. 10/10
there`s a hidden track after see the sun, about 2 minutes after and it`s a very nice song/ending, so there you have it, buy the CD, you won`t regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Good CD July 6 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I loved Dido's first CD, and I didn't know if she had it in her to make a terrific sophomore album. Well, Dido proves here that she has the talent to stick around for years to come. Every song works here. The best thing about Dido is that her songs are deceptively simple. She tackles some pretty dark themes, and you don't really notice that until you listen to the album over and over. "White Flag" was a great choice for a first single. It shows that Dido is one of those artists who is able to sing about her shortcomings in a relationship rather than blaming someone else. There are so many good songs here, and it is for that reason alone I think you should buy this album. Dido is here to stay, and it'd be too bad if you didn't pick up this very good album.
1)White Flag: a really good song.
2)Stoned: I love the beat.
3)Life for Rent: I love the meaning behind the song.
4)Mary's in India: a great showcase for her voice. The ending is a little surprising.
5)See You When You're 40: another really cool song.
6)Don't Leave Home: one of my favorites.
7)Who Makes You Feel: I love the way her voices builds on this song. The beat is cool too.
8)Sand in my Shoes: you can tell she really feels this song. It's very good.
9)Do You Have a Little Time: another good song.
10)This Land is Mine: another good showcase for her voice.
11)See the Sun: this song is a great way to end the album. Very uplifting and terrific. One of my favorites.
HIDDEN TRACK: a really good, simple song. It takes a while to start, so don't turn off your CD player.
This is a really good CD. I highly recommend it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best attempt.
I agree with people who said that this album is a good one.
True, her voice has yet to disappoint, and the lyrics are a notch or two above mediocre... Read more
Published on Dec 31 2004 by Catt
5.0 out of 5 stars Bland?! No way!
Let me just start by saying that there is some really crappy music out there. Shopping for music these days feels like you're walking in a mine field... Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by "blindlemonmiller"
5.0 out of 5 stars Best CD of the 21st century!
Really great CD it's perfect! Didos best by far.
Published on July 13 2004 by "neonbco"
4.0 out of 5 stars nice
as good as no angel, nice voice and different feelings.one of the best pop albums of da year
Published on July 13 2004 by sonny
3.0 out of 5 stars Heidi's Review
I remember hearing "White Flag" for the first time, and thinking, oh please, if I hear this song one more time, i'm going to cut my ears off lol. Read more
Published on July 3 2004 by Heidi
4.0 out of 5 stars Near perfection, for me, just a few rough spots...
I like to listen to music with my young daughter, so the lyrics at the beginning of Stoned came as a momentary surprise to me LOL. Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by Gem Chadwick
5.0 out of 5 stars fav album of 2003
Life For Rent is full of hits. Every song is great, including the "secret" ending song. The only song I skip is "Mary's In India. Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by canyoneroboy
5.0 out of 5 stars love this cd!!!
Dido rocks. i love every track on this album, especially this land is mine. " this land is mine, but ill let u rule, ill let u navigate and demmand just as long as u know this land... Read more
Published on June 30 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars A little too moody, but still good
This is a great album by one of the best female artists around today. I dig the record but would have liked to hear more upbeat tunes on this one. Read more
Published on June 26 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
I would reccomend this CD for those who like John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Maroon 5, Sarah Mclachlan, and Coldplay.
Published on June 24 2004
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