• 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. 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]
  2. Mar 25, 2013
    60
    The electronics are there, however, and they lift the album’s better songs out of the sad-sack zone.
  3. 60
    There are some more adventurous diversions, including a guest spot from Kendrick Lamar.
  4. 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.
  5. Mar 1, 2013
    50
    It would be nice to see Dido with more adventurous producers. [Apr 2013, p.69]
  6. 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.
  7. 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]
  8. 40
    It ticks along unremarkably on smudges of synthesiser and shuffling drum programmes, augmented by acoustic guitar or synthetic brass stabs.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mar 30, 2013
    6
    I don't know a lot of artists who sounds the same either at the studio and the stage, but I'm sure that Dido is one of them. The new album isI don't know a lot of artists who sounds the same either at the studio and the stage, but I'm sure that Dido is one of them. The new album is ears-pleasing as usual, but suffers from heterogeneity of songs. Some of them sounds great, others you'd rather to fast forward. Dido keeps singing with the same passion as in her earlier releases, she's dedicating herself to every word she sings, but sometimes it seems that the lyrics downgrading her vocal skills. Still, this album is well produced and nice to have in your own discography for late starless nights (5 Songs Per Artist Blog) Full Review »
  2. Apr 17, 2014
    7
    After four years long break Dido is back. Album is called Girl Who Got Away. You might call it a come-back album, but most of it was recordedAfter four years long break Dido is back. Album is called Girl Who Got Away. You might call it a come-back album, but most of it was recorded almost two years ago. It is not amazing, nor life-changing album, but it is very good. Interesting one. I would put it behind her debut, but above her last two albums.

    At one moments it is melancholic and nostalgic and then it becomes optimistic. but Dido stayed true to herself, to her unique voice and echoing sound. Her music to me always has been like chiaroscuro - like singing light from the dark. And always will be. Songs that really stand out from first time you heard 'em are Let Us Move On with rapping provided by Kendrick Lamar, Blackbird and Simon&Garfunkel-esque Sitting On The Roof Of The World. No Freedom is grandiose but to me it would be perfect if it could be somewhere in between crazy Benny Benassi remix and its original version. Songs that will like every gentle and romantic soul are Loveless Hearts and Happy New Year. Free birds will adore Girl Who Got Away, Love to Blame and Go Dreaming. All those who broke-up maybe will find their hymns in End of Night and Blackbird. Album ends with quiet and evocative Day Before We Went to War. If you love Dido, you will LOVE the whole album. If you don't you will love The Blackbird.
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  3. 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 andMaybe 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 »