DIDO "NO ANGEL"
Pete Doherty | UK | 11/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There's alot of reviews on Amazon that I think are just completely pointless, I'm not saying that someone has to totally agree with what I think over someone's album, even when someone gives an album a really good review it can different because we all interpret music in different ways. I wish Amazon would delete the pointless reviews that don't mention the actual album in any way at all.
I think there are some brilliant albums that have been released but there aren't alot of albums that are exceptionally brilliant, "No Angel" by Dido is definitely an exceptionally brilliant album, she has completely got her own style going on, first of all I'll talk about her voice, there are so many artists with amazing voices, whether it's powerful or whether they have alot of different ranges, without sounding too dramatic, the word to describe Dido's voice would be pure, she hasn't got a really powerful voice but she does have a pure sounding voice, the only other artist who's voice I would say is pure would be Tina Arena, she has a very powerful voice too. On songs like "My Lover's Gone" or "Take My Hand" I don't think anyone's voice would actually work other than Dido's, on "My Lover's Gone" her voice and the music makes you feel like you're kind of in the song, I always picture she's singing by the sea on this song, "Take My Hand" shows the electronic sounds that are the main part of Dido's music, then there's the songs like "Here With Me," "Hunter," "All You Want" and "Thank You" that were all obviously going to be singles, yet there not too mainstream, it's good that Dido doesn't write music with the intention of being a hit in the charts, "Don't Think Of Me" is a nice sing-a-long track that I thought would have been a single, but it doesn't stand out as a song that would be a single, none of her songs do, they're all of a similar sound and just simply Dido's style. I think "Isobel" is quite a sad song, the lyrics seem sad to me, I'm not sure what it's actually about, I'll try and find interviews with Dido to see what she said about it, her voice makes it sad though aswell. You also never get confused with what she's actually singing, there can be artists who have the odd word that you need to check but because her voice is so pure and clear, there isn't that problem with Dido. "Christmas Day" is a great little story, and although it has a Christmas sound, it's not too Christmasy, I don't think it would fit on a Christmas album either. "Honestly OK" and "Slide" have a really good electronic sound, "I'm No Angel" has an acoustic guitar on it which sounds good. "My Life" is a simple little song where Dido is saying how everything isn't anyone's buisness because it's her life.
This really is an exceptionally brilliant album, I don't particularly like writing reviews as such as I don't think I'm good at giving an accurate description of what I'm reviewing, I guess it's because you have to actually hear the album, so even the New York Times or whoever couldn't actually say what an album is really like. If the reviews that got posted on Amazon which don't mention anything about the album were deleted because they're pointless, I wouldn't actually write reviews, I just think the ratings for people's albums go lower than they actually should be due to this.
So, 10 out of 10 from me (or 5 out of 5 for Amazon) :)"