Dido has always churned out great records. I loved her last 2 albums though I admit that I was a bit late to join the bandwagon. For her latest release, Dido has given us another solid record.
The first single I heard from this album was Let Us Move On, which sounded very Lana del Rey. I was a bit put off by that because it seemed like Dido was following a trend instead of being herself and though the song was quite good, I hoped that it didn’t dictate the sound for the rest of the record. The next song I heard was End of Night. It had a dance-y vibe, with its repeated throbbing beat (Think Robyn’s Dancing On My Own). Again, I felt like she was following the inescapable electro trend everyone seems to be trying out these days. Then I realized that Dido had always leaned on the dancier side of pop. I just got used to the sound of her excellent previous release, Safe Trip Home after having listened to it so many times. Since then the song has become my favorite song from the album. Another favorite of mine is Sitting on the Roof of the World, which along with Happy New Year and Day Before We Went to War resounds most with her last album. Dido also tries out other sounds on the record like a little reggae on Love to Blame and a some saturated urban on All I See.
Other highlights from the record is the title track and the refreshing sound and notable intro of Blackbird. The rest of the songs keep the recognizable Dido sound. Though the standard tracks when listened to already feel complete, the bonus tracks are also good and it would be a shame to disregard them.