Since its release Dido‘s latest album, Girl Who Got Away, has been growing on me. I really liked it after first spin or two, but it took a while for me to hone in on the complexity of the album’s production, as her voice/vocals are so beautiful and strong. I absolutely love her voice, and I love that it’s the first thing you hear and the focus of the album.
Dido is a brilliant songwriter, and knows how to use her voice with complex and intricate production, bordering on EDM dance music, without losing the deep and meaningful lyrics, and her voice.
The third single from the album is the beautiful song, “End Of Night”, and it’s one of my favorite songs because of the juxtaposition of her sweet voice, the darkness of the lyrics and dance-y production.
“You were ugly when the beat kicked in,
And ugly when it left.
And ugly all the way,
I didn’t see it till the end.
When you cry.
I hear nothing,
See no need to reply.
I can smile now,
And turn away.
Come over here,
So you can see me walk away.
The end of night.”
You’ll first notice her voice, and then the production. There is actually a lot going on in the song and I definitely see a lot of remixes popping up soon. At its core, it’s a pop/singer-songwriter-y song, but could easily have been a big dance/EDM song. And in the past, we’ve definitely heard Dido’s amazing voice on EDM collaborations. But in this song, the lyrics are strong, and the layered production is immaculate, but at it’s core, Dido’s voice is what carries it, and this is true of the entire album.
Now if only Dido would tour and make a stop or two in LA… come on Dido!