Release Date: Mar 8, 2019
Record label: BMG
Reinvigorated and confident, Dido returns from a six-year absence with her sparkling fifth album, Still on My Mind. Following 2013's neon-washed Girl Who Got Away, this set features her liveliest, catchiest production since early-era breakthroughs No Angel and Life for Rent, and soundtracks familiar themes of love, loss, desire, and -- as the mother of a young son -- family. Anchored by her yearning and ever-ethereal vocals, the LP delivers on the promising glimmers that were teased on its cool (but ultimately sedate) predecessor, successfully synthesizing the spirit of her early hybrid sound with updated late-2010s sheen.
Download | Listen via Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | Radio Public | Stitcher | RSS The Lowdown: Many Americans might only know Dido for two or three songs: "Thank You" and "White Flag", perhaps, or the haunting chorus on Eminem's "Stan". But her particular brand of power pop has been a major presence on the UK charts since 1999. This means that in her own unassuming way, Dido has managed 20 successful years in the music industry.
Six years after her last album, Girl Who Got Away, and 20 years after her ubiquitous debut, No Angel, Dido's version of pop is still most distinguishable for what it lacks: drama. The London singer may be one of the UK's best-selling artists of all time, with her keening pop mantras "Thank You" and "White Flag" still reliable soundtracks in Tescos the nation over, but her even-keel approach feels removed from the volatile acrobatics and catharsis of Adele, Amy Winehouse, Ellie Goulding, and her other peers of the past two decades. Her songs still feel like the exhalation after all the action happens; in Dido songs, the tumult has been resolved by the time she records.