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Ghost Canyon

Title - 'Life For Rent' (Arista)
Artist - Dido
Though a very solid effort in its' own right, Dido's No Angel didn't hit big until Eminem sampled her "Thank You" for his track "Stan". Fortunately, superstar assistance is not needed for Life For Rent, which not only outpaces No Angel on an artistic level, but will hopefully prove Dido to be no one trick pony. Indeed, first track "White Flag" is easily her best single to date - and it's not even the best track on the album. That would be the electronic-laden "Stoned", though it's followed very closely by the title track and "Don't Leave Home", all of which have not only gloriously hook-filled melodies but first-rate lyrical content. The rest of the set is lyrically strong, though lacking the immediacy of the aforementioned tracks. In the end, I would never have thought that this would turn out to be one of the best pop records of the year - shows what I know!
Barry Humphries