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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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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Rose has a much darker side to her--the joyous revelations of tracks such as "Thank You" on her debut album have been replaced by the sound of her heart breaking.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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Oldies Coll.-80's ~ Life For Rent

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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Go Dido! Go Dido! Go! Go! Go! Oct. 21 2003
By Kyle
Format:Audio CD
Wow this Cd was amazing! Dido's voice is getting so much more beutiful than before and the lyrics and music are superb! I just want to say Bravo!
1.White Flag
This is one of the best songs, i love the subject of it, apparently this song is a true story!
This is a good on e but not my favourite because of the beat wich i don't like that much.
3.Life For Rent
Dido's next single, idont know what to say, it's a beutiful song!
4.Mary's in India
This, I think, is the best song lyric wise it tells a story but in an original way. This is one my favourites.
5.See you whe you're 40
I mostly like the beat in this one, i must a dmit i don't really listen to the lyrics in this one.
6.Don't leave me home
This is a good song with a good melody to it.
7.Who makes you feel
My favourite by far! I don't know what it is but there's something about it so beutiful that i almost cry every time i hear it!
8.Sand in my shoes
this one is always in my head, i can't shake it out of my head, its a catchy song wich your bound to love.
9.Do You have a little time
This is my second favourite, i like because of the way she sings in the song, it makes want more and more!
10.This Land is mine
It's good! This one i consider easy listening, its definetly not my favourite, but who knows, you might like it!
11.See The Sun (+Hidden track "closer")
This song is one of the best it has a catchy melody and powerful lyrics, it's definetly one of the best.
Closer is a good track its 2 minutes after see the sun
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4.0 out of 5 stars The British version of Sarah McLaughlin Oct. 4 2003
Format:Audio CD
While she is no Sarah McLaughlin, British export Dido does a pretty good job of trying to come close. On her new album, "Life For Rent", she continues her introspective standard. This cd seems to be a little more upbeat than her first release, "No Angel". There are several radio-friendly tracks here....especially the current single "White Flag", "See The Sun", "Sand In My Shoes", and "Don't Leave Home". "Don't Leave Home" tends to be my favorite. Her voice sounds really great on this track and the music is loud enough to give her a good backing sound. Apart from the main tracklisting, there is an extra bonus song embedded behind "See The Sun"....so make sure to keep playing after that one is over!
If the radio doesn't tire us of Dido as they did with the few singles from "No Angel", I think people will really appreciate this album....and will play it on those rainy days when they good chill-out music to match the dreary mood.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best attempt. Dec 31 2004
By Catt
Format:Audio CD
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... but honestly, this is one of those CDs i bought solely from listening to one song. i must say, it gets quite a few scratches because I skip so many tracks.
I much prefer her first one, but its not a total loss.
If I could, I wouldn't buy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great 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.
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Published on Aug. 18 2004 by Chad
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
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Good 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... Read more
Published on July 6 2004
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
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