Life For Rent
By: Ami Lieberman
When we last heard Dido
Armstrong in her debut CD, No Angel, she was a bitter girl,
lost in angry relationship woes. The majority of songs on her first
album dealt with a cheating boyfriend or self-conflictions. However,
when confronted with her newest release, Life For Rent, we
no longer see a girl: we see a mature woman who has finally found
The first single, White
Flag, is a perfect transitional song from the previous album.
She bravely sings that I wont put my hands up and surrender /
There will be no white flag above my door / I'm in love, and always
will be, proving that somewhere in the last four years, she
has learned how to deal with the complications love has to offer.
No longer will we find Dido curled up on her bed weeping; now she
is willing to fight for her passions.
One thing we can admire
about Dido's newest musical exploration is the fact that she isn't
as stuck on love as she once was. While a few of the tracks are
concerned with relationships, Life For Rent finds her questioning
other aspects of her persona. The title track, Life For Rent,
portrays Dido as any other girl in her twenties: struggling to find
a place, literally and figuratively, in this dispassionate world.
She questions her existence while singing While my heart is a
shield and I won't let it down / While I'm so afraid to fail so
I won't even try / Well how can I say I'm alive.
Dido combines her signature
beats with sweet melodies, reflective lyrics, and a gentle voice
reminiscent of Sarah McLachlan. Life For Rent is a must-buy.