It’s astonishing to think that Dido’s last album ‘Life For Rent’ was released five years ago – time really does fly. But given Dido is one of those artists whose music elicits such a wide variety of opinion, it’s quite possibly a good thing that she leaves a few years between her releases. On her new album ‘Safe Trip Home’, the singer’s third, gone is the sweeping electronic production of brother Rollo. In it’s place is an album that’s more stripped back, stark and more emotional – completely understandable given that it was written around the death of her father. And it’s that event in itself that seems to set the tone for the new album. We must admit to not being taken by the single ‘Don’t Believe In Love’ as a stand alone track, and even less so with the song Dido offered as a free download from her website, ‘Look No Further’. As stand alone songs, they seemed to us to be far from remarkable. But when entwined within the tracklist of ‘Safe Trip Home’ as a body of work, they make complete and utter sense and seem to take on new meaning. Brian Eno co-write ‘Grafton Street’ deals with loss, “Nothing’s left that’s safe here now nothing will bring you home” while ‘The Day Before The Day’ might just be one of the most emotional pieces of music we’ve ever listened to, with Dido almost whispering her regret at not having made the effort to say her last goodbye.
While we’ve found Dido’s previous two albums to be instantly likeable, on first listen (and admittedly not concentrating too much on the lyrical content of the music), we didn’t like ‘Safe Trip Home’, but with each subsequent listen, we’ve thrilled to say that we’ve found a new and deeper meaning. In essence, ‘Safe Trip Home’ is a heart-felt, poetic and often touching collection of songs of love and loss.
Dido’s ‘Safe Trip Home’ is available now in both standard and deluxe editions.