• Band Name: Dido
  • Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Mar 26, 2013
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 83
    [Dido] carries it with her creamy alto and her sweetly ethereal allure. [5 Apr 2013, p.67]
  2. Mar 25, 2013
    80
    Halfway through, Girl Who Got Away sucks you into its sway, its comforts as alluring as they are elusive.
  3. Mar 1, 2013
    80
    As an album, it doesn’t break any new ground--it doesn’t try to. What it does do though is sweep itself up in a groundswell of beautiful, heart-tugging nostalgia so strong it’s as if 2003 lies just beyond the window again, shimmering in the haze of the morning dew.
  4. Mar 1, 2013
    70
    Admittedly, the album contains the odd soporific song like No Freedom, but these turns are outweighed by tracks with a strong tune or an unexpected hint of sadness.
  5. Apr 10, 2013
    60
    Surprises include End Of Night, nicely brutish electro-pop where Dido's automaton vocal really works; funked-up raga/calypso Love To Blame; and Sitting On The Roof Of The World.... Otherwise, Musak coming soon to a changing room near you. [May 2013, p.88]
  6. Mar 25, 2013
    60
    The electronics are there, however, and they lift the album’s better songs out of the sad-sack zone.
  7. 60
    There are some more adventurous diversions, including a guest spot from Kendrick Lamar.
  8. Mar 1, 2013
    60
    While her new dance direction leads to a fairly tame trip-hop/chill-out zone, it's a great improvement on her usual blandness.
  9. Mar 1, 2013
    50
    It would be nice to see Dido with more adventurous producers. [Apr 2013, p.69]
  10. Mar 21, 2013
    40
    There are some new moves here, but they tend to feel half-baked, under-exploited or, in the case of Kendrick Lamar’s appearance on “Let Us Move On”, just a bit hackneyed.
  11. Mar 12, 2013
    40
    Day Before We Went To War, co-written by Brian Eno, inflects mundane details with enigmatic dread in a similar fashion to the frostbitten adult pop if ABBA's final years. If only you could hear this colder, bolder Dido in every song. [Apr 2013, p.101]
  12. 40
    It ticks along unremarkably on smudges of synthesiser and shuffling drum programmes, augmented by acoustic guitar or synthetic brass stabs.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jul 8, 2013
    10
    Maybe people are giving low notes to this album because they can't accept that Dido has the right to venture into different music styles and make her perfect and unique songs. She's doin' it since "Stoned" and "Sand In My Shoes", just pedants are trying to criticize her for make what she wants to do. Girl Who Got Away is one of the most beautiful albuns in this year and nothing can change it. Full Review »
  2. May 25, 2013
    8
    Awesome album, she's one of my favorite singers although, i think she has to get out of her comfort zone, she has a lovely voice the only thing missing is more musical innovation and experimentation. Full Review »
  3. May 3, 2013
    7
    Not a bad album at all, it's quite above what I would expect from Dido. The album consists of soft lounge with some eletronic beats and catchy vocal melodies. Quite in the same mood from new Lana Del Ray and Cat Power. Full Review »