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Dido : No Angel
She's 'music for people who buy one CD a year...
Still, it's no surprise that Dido, folk-beat Brit, sister of Rollo from Faithless, is so massive in America right now. She's close to selling a million over there, while still relatively obscure in her home country. While Eminem represents one hyper-marketable mall-culture product (pissed-off, loud, fuckable, 'dumb'), Dido is essentially another (willing, nice tunes, pretty, 'real emotions'). She's 'music for people who buy one CD a year' personified, another beats-by-association Everything But The Girl-style strum'n'bass bore.
Really, it's galling to think that something as musically inoffensive and lyrically tedious as this should find such a massive audience when Beth Orton does similar comedown folktronica with such soul and verve and remains, more or less, a cult favourite.
Amazing, then, that Eminem managed to meld the ridiculous and the banal and come up with something close to genius. Just stick with Slim, though, 'cos Dido'll leave you cold.
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