Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. This record seems to outweigh the previous album in terms of quality and depth.
  2. 80
    The emotional terrain is much more treacherous here, and more rewarding for it. [Oct 2003, p.114]
  3. The appeal of Life for Rent is what makes Dido appealing -- she's unassuming and gentle, but her songs are so melodic and atmospheric they easily work their way into the subconscious, and the records are well-crafted enough to be engaging on repeated plays.
  4. Dido's sharp lyrical point of view gives her otherwise routine chill-out music focus. [3 Oct 2003, p.72]
  5. That's not to say that it's bad--it's just that the radio-friendly chanteuse's lightweight fusion of beats and folk songs is sleepy and barely discernable from one track to the next.
  6. 70
    Easy listening with just enough unease to tease. [Nov 2003, p.125]
  7. Life for Rent isn't groundbreaking, but it has its own kind of integrity.
  8. Life For Rent breaks no new ground, and while the publicity machine proffers a failed Dido romance as its inspiration, the album retains her debut's style yet without its wonderfully miserable substance.
  9. Its best moments suggest that Armstrong is unfairly maligned.... At worst, it's twee and bland, aural wallpaper that only someone who didn't really like music could care about. Either way, it isn't going to change anyone's mind about Dido.
  10. Lacking its predecessor's edgy tone, Life For Rent offers up one bland, polite tune after another.
  11. Her bland-o-meter appears to be well and truly busted.
  12. In its own vapid, curiously sexless way, Life For Rent is actually fascinating stuff, so set against the usual rules of successful music that it starts to look oddly revolutionary. [Oct 2003, p.99]

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