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|1. don't believe in love|
|2. quiet times|
|3. never want to say it's love|
|4. grafton street|
|5. it comes and it goes|
|6. look no further|
|7. us 2 little gods|
|8. the day before the day|
|9. let's do the things we normally do|
|10. burnin love|
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|1. for one day (bonus track)|
|2. summer (bonus track)|
|3. northern skies (rollo mix) (bonus track)|
|4. Making of 'Safe Trip Home' (CD enhancement)|
'Safe Trip Home' is a warm and wonderfully moving record. The album was produced by Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Kayne West, Rufus Wainwright) at London's Abbey Rd studios. The deluxe edition comes in special 6 panel digipak with 4 exclusive postcards, 3 extra tracks and an enhanced section featuring special Dido studio film.
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The tone is generally darker, and many of the songs lyrically deal with theme of loss. Though some fans may be disappointed with Dido's new direction, I'm sure she will win new fans with this new record, which really shows the versatile artist she really is.
The first track "Don't Believe in Love" which has been chosen for the first single off the album, has been hailed by many as one of the best tracks - I don't agree. It's a funky track with a good beat, but it really doesn't have a very memorable melody.
In my view the next song "Quiet Times" is much stronger. It's an acoustic melodic song and for me one of several highlights on the album; though probably no good choice for a single.
"Never Want to Say it's Love" is a bluesy and cathcy tune, which I would seriosly have considered for a single - brings forward memories of the late Dusty Springfield.
"Grafton Street" is one of the key songs on the album. It's a dark and sad song, with some great Celtic sounds adding a lot of atmosphere to the great tune.
"It Comes and it Goes" is a lighter song and another track that may lead your thoughts towards Dusty Springfield og Burt Bacharach.
"Look No Further" was the first song to be released for download and it stands out as one of greatest tracks on the album. It has some of the beautiful simplicity as some of John Lennon's finest songs ( like "Imagine" or "Jealous Guy" ).
"Us 2 Little Gods" is an acoustic upbeat song, that probably a song that the sounds the most like her earlier songs.
"The Day Before the Day" is another sad quiet song dealing with theme of losing one you love. A very moving song.
"The Things we Normally Do" is a catchy melodic tune. A great original string arrangement - makes think of Suzanne Vega and her "Nine Objects of Desire" album.
"Burning Love" is another nice acoustic song, but probably the least memorable song on the album.
The closing track, the grandiose "Northern Skies" is another key track. Playing for almost 9 minutes it is a logical choice to close the album. A haunting tune that makes me think of the great late Sandy Denny - it really sounds like a song she could have written.
On the Deluxe version of the album there 3 more tracks that all are great additions.
"For One Day" is a funky track that would have fitted nicely into the album - a little in the same vein as "I Don't Believe in Love".
"Summer" is a great acoustic song that for incomprehensively reasons was not selected for the album.
The shorter version of "Northern Skies" is at least as strong as the long version - and nice to have this shorter version too.
A very commendable album.
Since then, being a Dido fan has had it's ups and downs. The downs mostly consist of the long wait between albums. Long waits can be good for artists. It gives them a chance to live a normal life so they don't end up writing songs about things that are boring to most other people (like songs about touring or trying to write songs, for instance.) The down side is that expectations can be raised through the roof.
The problem with the latter, in the instance of Safe Trip Home, is that this album isn't really about first impressions. On a first listen, the album can be listened to without any one thing really striking you. It's pleasant and pretty but it can sort of go in one ear and out the other. Some people may never get past this step. This is usually a problem for me. Not that I want an album full of pop hits, but I do like at least a few songs that hook me right away.
But this isn't that type of album. For one thing, it very much feels like a complete unit. Dido comes back to the same themes again and again. The predominant ones seem to be death and love on this one. Some people might call it repetitive, but she never tackles them in the same way and dealing with the same themes isn't necessarily a bad thing in and of itself, as long as you're saying something new. And in fact many of the songs can be read in a variety of ways if you don't just rely on Dido's bio info.
The thing that might surprise some is how the album works it's way into your brain. It only took a couple repeat listens before I realized I was often humming parts of songs. The album reveals itself as more layered and complex then you might imagine on a first listen. I keep finding little things I missed before. I realize there's a greater emotional and tonal range then I first realized. I do miss having a real roof-raiser like Take My Hand on it, but Northern Skies is a lovely, more measured ending to the album.
Dido's voice is the best it's ever been. It's incredibly confident - at the front of the songs, and relating emotion in a measured way rather then having to shrilly belt it out like some wannabe diva.
As for individual songs, Don't Believe in Love, Grafton Street, It Comes and It Goes, Burnin' Love and The Day Before Today are definite standouts.
I'd definitely recommend spending a little extra on the deluxe version. "For One Day" is an amazing song that is far catchier then it's subject matter might suggest.
So far the critics seem to love this one, and the general public seems to be a little mixed about it. I think, given time, people will see this for the masterpiece it is.
During these last few years, Dido lived in Los Angeles, took long drives through the desert, worked with various renowned producers and writers, and lost her father. The last event undoubtedly affected her writing most, and it was those producers that helped bring her creations to life in the most vibrant way. Jon Brion, Brian Eno, Citizen Cope and Rick Nowels all contributed to the making of the album, and Dido's ever-present brother Rollo made his own mark on several tracks. What's most exciting is Dido's progression as a writer and musician. She learned more about drums, guitar and even took classes to enhance her inherent skills.
"Safe Trip Home" sees Dido coming full circle. On the heartbreaking "Grafton Street", the albums grand opus and tribute to Dido's father, she plays the recorder, one of the first instruments she ever mastered. Dido wrote and recorded "Quiet Times" almost entirely on her own: The song includes her own drum and guitar playing. As always, Dido presents the most honest and real feelings through her songs, particularly on "It Comes and It Goes", a song in which she confesses there are moments of doubt in the midst of clarity. "Let's Do the Things We Normally Do" is a sneakily and ironically honest number in which Dido plays piano and asks to keep things simple and normal during the end of a relationship. The lead single "Don't Believe In Love" includes a groovy bassline and Dido's realization to let love in or let it die. She questions love again on "Never Want to Say It's Love", a laid back number with a moving chorus and Dido's pleasant hums scattered throughout. Speaking of hums, the track "Us 2 Little Gods" is full of them as the music lightly bounces along. "Look No Further" and "The Day Before the Day" are both sensitive and touching tracks without percussion, the former a softly inspirational tune and the latter a sad profession of loss. Citizen Cope contributed vocals and guitar on "Burnin Love": His rasp isn't an obvious compliment to Dido's pure voice, but it's surprisingly right. The closing "Northern Skies" shuffles along for nearly 9 minutes with a steady beat and memorable lyrics.
The album is quite a departure from Dido's previous work. But rest assured there are elements of familiarity. There are quite a few electronic blips and bleeps, and even some of the live brass and strings were programmed and altered to sound unique to the album. Though it's a softer album, "Safe Trip Home" has a quiet confidence and showcases a newfound maturity from Dido. Even the album cover, a photo of astronaut Bruce McCandless II performing the first untethered spacewalk over Earth, suggests Dido herself is reaching out and letting go of some things. It's as if she's settling down, coming back from a long journey through death and rebirth. Thankfully, even the painful songs are somehow inspiring.