Safe Trip Home
Safe Trip Home is “another poised, understated, tasteful affair” from Dido, said Jim Farber in the New York Daily News. The English songbird is one of “pop’s most unflappable” singers and keeps her “volume measured and her tone even,” even as she confronts an emotional crossroads on her first album in almost five years. This intimate collection of thoughtful lyrics and “finely spun” trip-pop has themes of loss and longing, rooted in experiences much deeper than fleeting romance. The Celtic-flavored “Grafton Street,” co-written with Brian Eno, chronicles her last days with her father, who died in 2006. The nine-minute “Northern Skies” is simply poetic. While the “emotion of these sad, subtle songs seems inherent enough,” Dido would be better off letting down her guard, said Chris Willman in Entertainment Weekly. Her husky whisper is too restrained, which makes her seem distant and at times detached from her songs’ genuine sorrow. Dido always has possessed an unassuming charm, said Chris Long in BBC.com. On Safe Trip Home, the gentle warmth of her voice shrouds the sadness of her lyrics, but she still “delivers devastating blows of emotion.”
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