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  • Summary: The British singer sticks to the successful formula established on her 1999 debut "No Angel" for this sophomore effort.
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  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. 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.
  3. 80
    The emotional terrain is much more treacherous here, and more rewarding for it. [Oct 2003, p.114]
  4. Life for Rent isn't groundbreaking, but it has its own kind of integrity.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 2 out of 19