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  • Summary: After a five year absence the British singer returns with her third album produced by Jon Brion.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. There are melancholic edges, but it's not haunting, it's comforting, reassuring music that's quietly powerful, music that Dido hinted at before but never quite made.
  2. This album is a mature and thoughtful collection of songs and a fine memorial to her father, who would have been right to be proud.
  3. Lucky, then she's so musically warm and, like its predecessors, Safe Trip Home takes comfort in a sound that almost masks her unrest. Almost. [Dec 2008, p.127]
  4. It is an album that builds on everything she had done previously, but with a much more personal and mature touch than I ever expected from her.
  5. The album reveals nuances and feels richer with repeated plays, even though there's no single track that demands repeat listens. For songs that are just fine, they're great.
  6. 60
    Dido should let her socks go unsorted for a while; genuine sorrow sounds good on her.
  7. 50
    Dido's third solo album reveals an unyielding fear of intimacy, her mellow trip-pop (coproduced by Jon Brion) buckling underneath sadness and alienation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. [Anonymous]
    Nov 22, 2008
    Mature and so refreshingly different to the sound most artistes are going for today.
  2. Dec 2, 2013
    Even though it brings some blues, here we can find the most confessional and beautifully produced album of her career. An inspiring kiss-goodbye to her late father Expand
  3. JonH.
    Nov 21, 2008
    Her best album yet, a definite rebound after the beautiful but somewhat slight Life For Rent. There isn't a lot of singles here, but that's not a bad thing. The songs creep into your skull and stay with you. You'll be humming them to yourself soon. Check out Don't Believe in Love, Grafton Street, It Comes and It Goes and Burnin Love. Expand
  4. K.B.
    Nov 21, 2008
    It's really more intense than everything she done before. It's her best album ever.
  5. Mar 26, 2013
    An elegant fusion of real instrumentation attempting to imitate electronic sounds which perfectly blends with Dido's voice and lyrics. The album contains a good variety of sounds which keeps the listener engaged. Expand
  6. JohannaM.
    Nov 18, 2008
    The album, taken as a whole, is quite nice. but very bland. It seems to largely be the same stuff you'd expect as filler tracks on Dido albums, but with none of the exceptional gems as seem in "Sand in my shoes" or "Isobel" from her first two albums. Expand
  7. May 1, 2012
    It's well produced, certainly. But it's a well produced bland and dull album. "Safe" would be an adventurous description. Dido's voice sounds effortless. But it also sounds emotionless and completely unengaged, too. She could be singing the instructions for a Sanyo microwave or an account of unendurable human sorrow - it would be impossible to tell the difference Expand

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