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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
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  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. There isn't a standout single, but this is Dido's most fully realized and elegantly rendered collection.
  3. 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.
  4. Dido's voice is so comforting, you almost miss the blues it conceals.
  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. It's potentially affecting stuff, and the gentleness of the production--several songs sound as though they were recorded by candlelight--heightens the atmosphere of desolation and fragility. The problem is Dido's soft voice: it's so lacking in expressiveness that words and emotions drift by, too wan to strike home.
  7. If you come to Safe Trip Home without expecting the big hits or a surprise collaboration with a rapper, you’ll be disappointed. If you’re a Dido faithful who’s just endured five years of hell, you’ll find she’s is still the perfect soundtrack to your life.

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  1. [Anonymous]
    Nov 22, 2008
    10
    Mature and so refreshingly different to the sound most artistes are going for today.
  2. Dec 2, 2013
    10
    Even though it brings some blues, here we can find the most confessional and beautifully produced album of her career. An inspiringEven 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 Collapse
  3. JonH.
    Nov 21, 2008
    10
    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 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
    9
    It's really more intense than everything she done before. It's her best album ever.
  5. Mar 26, 2013
    9
    An elegant fusion of real instrumentation attempting to imitate electronic sounds which perfectly blends with Dido's voice and lyrics. TheAn 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
    6
    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 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
    3
    It's well produced, certainly. But it's a well produced bland and dull album. "Safe" would be an adventurous description. Dido's voiceIt'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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