Dido has a reputation around some parts as not the most exciting of singers, but there are plenty of surprises to be found on her fourth studio album Girl Who Got Away. Yes, the lead single 'No Freedom' - with its pleasantly folky midtempo ...melody and sleepy vocal - isn't likely to fill even the most hardened fan with confidence of such a statement, but it's not long after that Dido reveals an unexpected and - whisper it - dancier direction.
To be clear, it's more of a sneaky sidestep rather than a complete sound overhaul. The looping intro and muted snares on 'Blackbird' are leveled off by her detached vocal and reassuringly familiar lyrics about the darker side of love ("Why do I bring you love, when all you give me back is pain?"), while the twinkling electronics of 'End Of Night' and finger-clicking brass on 'Love To Blame' are about as rich as the production gets (like i said earlier on twitter, the album gives off this The Gorrilaz / MGMT vibe i'm really digging all thanks to the likes of Brian Eno and Greg Kurstin). Then there's the collaboration with Kendrick Lamar on the sparse, trip-hoppy 'Let Us Move On' - a welcome reminder that, 14 years on, Dido can be as badass as the rest.