Album Review: Dido - Still On My Mind

Dido brings her distinctive style into the now on her first album in six years.

The British singer has a voice that is instantly recognisable and she plays that to her advantage, exerting her full vocal range across a collection of tracks that go from dizzying heights to stark lows, both lyrically and sonically.

'Give You Up' could easily be a Coldplay song, with haunting choral elements and a memorable melody.

The 'White Flag' hitmaker is no stranger to dance music, and electronic and rap-like beats are present on songs like 'Hell After This'.

The record was a collaboration with Dido's brother Rollo - remixer and member of Faithless - and their electronica roots are woven throughout.

The album reaches its peak midway through on 'Some Kind Of Love', which is rich with melody, almost Spanish-esque acoustic guitar and stunning harmonies.

'Mad Love' has the lyrical genius of Ed Sheeran, 'Walking By' is Dido at her best, soaring vocals with the simple backdrop of classic piano and occasional drums, whilst closing track 'Have To Stay' sees Dido's voice butterfly into an Irish folk style.

The 12-track LP starts and ends on a sombre note, with mainly gleeful, dance-influenced numbers in between the bookends.

Rating: 8.5/10

For Fans Of: Alanis Morissette, The Cranberries, Coldplay

Released: 8.03.1