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Dido - Still On My Mind
Jeremy Williams-Chalmers, Arts Correspondent
Dido was an artist who nearly didn't make it. Having garnered initial attention for her guest vocals on Faithless records, she signed a solo deal and released her debut album Thank You to critical acclaim but minimal commercial success in 1999.

However, she did find a fan in rap icon Eminem, who of course sampled the now immediately recognisable Thank You for his epic hit Stan. While it may be argued with a continuation of the clever sync placements the album's track were attracting Dido would have achieved universal acclaim, the monster hit ensured that superstardom beckoned for the understated songsmith.

Never an artist to rush a release, Dido returns after a six year hiatus with her fifth studio album, Still On My Mind. Having explained in the build-up to it's release that it would mirror her love of hip hop and folks, Dido painted a picture of an album that would be true to her original sound while adding new dimensions.

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Although that is partially true, Still On My Mind does not deviate hugely from the path Dido has taken for previous releases. This is by no means a criticism. Dido fans have waited half a decade for new material, and Still On My Mind delivers exactly what they would be craving.

Dido's crystal vocals are as clear as ever. With an understated emotional delivery that forms the heart of her recordings, Dido moves heart, soul and mind with the subtle trip-folk balladry that often leaves you with tingles.

There are clear highlights on the record - Give You Up and You Don't Need A God - but the body of work is best listened to as a whole package.

Dido - Still On My Mind, 7th March 2019, 16:30 PM