No Angel - Arista 1999
Fewer songs on this album have the immediate hit qualities that seem to be all over its successor, but every song seem to grow on you; and I have no doubts that this will become a classic. One of the very few albums with no unimportant tracks. There is something heavenly about Dido's breathy voice. I sometimes think of her a British counterpart of Suzanne Vega, though she actually does not sound like her, or like anyone else that I know of, for that matter. Her music combines the best elements of pop, folk, rock, techno and even hip-hop.
My favourites used to be "Here With Me", "Don't Think of Me", "Thank You" and "No Angel"; now they're all favourites.
Obviously I had to look out for this enchanced version of the album. I have to admit that I don't care very much for the extended versions of "Hunter", "Take My Hand" and "Thank You", but the Lukas Burton Mix of "Here With Me" is great and the new track "Christmas Day" is heartbreakingly outstanding. Like a Sandy Denny type folksong, only written in the 21st century. This track alone justifies the extra expenses for this CD "Thank You" Dido!
My favourites are "Here With Me", "Don't Think of Me", "Thank You" and the title track.