Dido
No Angel


4.5
superb

Review

by USER (14 Reviews)
July 5th, 2005 | 35 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


Dido – No Angel

The first thing that hits you about this world-wide super-star is her melodic voice over the beautiful sound of the soothing piano. Even if you don’t like her music, she still has an absolutely beautiful breath-taking voice and this album sold millions with the help of a fellow rap super-star…

It’s 2000, Dido is struggling to get her debut album off the ground. In the post is a package. In the package is a tape and a letter, the letter says “Sorry but I used I bit of your song, hope you don’t mind!" The tape is the basis of what the song Stan by Eminem would become.

Stan has the chorus of Dido’s Thank You and made Dido what she is today. She said “Eminem sent me this tape where he put his lyrics to my song and I was blown away" No wonder, both versions are brilliant in a totally different league. Dido can write good pop songs and can pull them off brilliantly, with her sad and depressing songs ( My Life and Thank You ) Ok, so none of the songs are happy and cheerful but are brilliant composed and you could picture her playing the songs in a club.

The three singles off the album are brilliantly picked as they are the best songs on the album. The depressing “I need you!" love ballad Here With Me , the up-tempo, the bit cheesy Hunter and the “My life sucks" famous song Thank You .

They are other good songs on the album including the beautiful 2:46 balladMy Life , the song is beautifully expressed and is shown as background music for some commercials. The song is about controlling your own life and not letting other people get in the way.

Simple message not filled with deep metaphors or fancy words. Straight to the point lyrics which is a lot more emotional than most rock bands could come up with. In the lyric booklet, underneath that song’s lyrics is a picture of her as a little girl which speaks to me.

Another deep down emotional song is the heart-felt love song My Lovers Gone . Most of the song is a slow synth with her vocals singing on top of that. It is the most beautifulest love song I have ever heard.

When Dido started sing “Bring him home again" I started crying, her voice is so melodic and beautiful, I couldn’t help it. The most “up-tempo" song on the album I would say would be Don’t think of Me which is a stab at her ex-boyfriend. It is a good song but not the best on the album.

But the album is not perfect. Not much though, just a few gripes. The lyrical theme for the whole album is mostly Dido getting back at her ex which is no problem, I’d just like to of had seen some variety. Some songs sound the same on the album but is mostly the ballads. Dido’s voice IS beautiful and emotional but there is no variety in her vocal range.

It’s in no way a big deal but since I’m reviewing it, I’m trying to be honest as I can and that what it sounds like. Dido is no way a sell-out, she doesn’t care for money, she doesn’t appear on Saturday Morning Kids programs. She just wants to make music to show her feelings and her pain with love. Her talents show that not everyone in the 21st century is some wash-up loser who just hit it lucky because they were in the right place at the right time.

Verdict:

No matter what music you are into, you will fall in love with this album. It will sway you emotionally and it will lay you down gently. It will make you cry, it will make you happy. You will think differently about love and your ex’s. You will love start to finish. You have to own this album. I’m not sucking up or being bias, it is a brilliant album.

4.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
masada
July 6th 2005


2733 Comments


Good review

I think be a 4/5, at the most..


masada
July 6th 2005


2733 Comments


You said that the content is roughly the same, and there isn't much variety. Which sounds like a 3.5-4 to me..

(>dragon~guitarist<)
July 6th 2005


243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is much better than her other one, the one with White Flag on it. This one, the emotion is more raw and feels more real in my opinion.

Iai
Emeritus
July 7th 2005


3553 Comments


5 stars? No. Good album though, and pretty overlooked artistically.

danje
July 17th 2005


44 Comments


dido SUCKS!!!

Senor_Whippy
October 9th 2005


367 Comments


4.5 stars for Dido..........(faints on floor).

Senor_Whippy
October 9th 2005


367 Comments


Yeah,sure she's got a bit of talent but my mum has played this record nearly everyday for 6 years.Plus when I went camping once with school they played this record at full volume every morning to wake you up.This Message Edited On 10.09.05

Neoteric
October 9th 2005


3243 Comments


Her new stuff is an exact duplicate of this album.

Neoteric
October 10th 2005


3243 Comments


Yes, leave me alone.

_unknownST
October 10th 2005


256 Comments


THE ONLY REASON DIDO IS FAMOUS IS BECAUSE A BIT OF THANK YOU WAS IN AN EMINEM SONG

i hate to admit it but humter is ok tho

Scott Herren
October 10th 2005


192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like this album.

_unknownST
October 10th 2005


256 Comments


wow...... very detailed

"Freshly Baked"
April 16th 2006


583 Comments


This is a cute little 3 album, nothing crazy good IMO

pattern_recognition
April 16th 2006


950 Comments


'it is the most beautiful love song I have ever heard'
You should get out more.
She has a few good songs, but all in all is fairly incosequential. I do really like Here With Me though, for some reason.

Reywas
April 20th 2006


148 Comments


I think this album is brilliant and I'm not kidding. One of the most interesting Pop-Trip Hop hybrids.

RandyfromPennywise
June 21st 2006


752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[QUOTE=Senor_Whippy]

User Album Rating: 1

Yeah,sure she's got a bit of talent but my mum has played this record nearly everyday for 6 years.Plus when I went camping once with school they played this record at full volume every morning to wake you up.[/QUOTE]Those are not valid reasons for giving this the lowest possible ranking. Whatever you think about this you cannot say this is "Awful" music, it is clearly not "Awful" in anyone's language.

Altmer
May 16th 2007


5652 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This isn't an awful album, it just gets boring when you hear it too often.

But she can sing, at least.

cirq
September 26th 2009


9265 Comments


this one's better

keysofanxiety
February 28th 2010


143 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really like this album. I think it's slightly better than "Life For Rent", but both are very strong efforts.

Valerius
October 16th 2011


1137 Comments


This album is a 5, people.

Wake up.



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