Dido's first foray into the music realm, No Angel,
shows promise for a vocalist who needs a musical identity.
Dido's vocals are firm and passionate, filled with
strength and personal challenge. With one quick listen, it's
obvious that the focus of the album is the strength of her
vocals. For the most part, the music is played down, with
a few interesting portions.
While the music is not so strong, or individualized, there
are some more ingenious interludes, such as the end of Don't
Think of Me and Honestly OK. Musically, the album
is a mix of soft guitars and piano tracks. All You Want
has a soulful, casual pace while Take My Hand showcases
a charming string arrangement. On the whole, though, the album
is fairly monotonous.
In the end, No Angel really doesn't provide
much more than any other pop album that's out. There are a
few nice tracks, but on the whole, don't expect anything intelligent
or different. Her vocals are different from some of the other
pop divas out there, but if you want some music to go with
it, then Dido might not be what you want.