This Land Is Mine
Label: Sony BMG Music UK
There is something irresistible and sweet about Dido, and it matters little what she sings about since she imbues every syllable with a Zen calm and folky tunefulness. On her sophomore album, she happily doesn't try to rewrite her big hit "Thank You" from No Angel. She instead builds new air castles out of minor chord musings, off-kilter hand claps, and beats that underpin her straightforward, spare-no-details songs about time and the pursuit of love, such as the defiant "White Flag" and the frothy confessional "Sand in My Shoes."