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Released: Sept. 30, 2003

Rating: 3.740 (average of 16 ratings)

Genre: adult alternative rock

Quotable: “isn’t much different than its predecessor, but that's a very good thing in this case” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. White Flag
  2. Stoned
  3. Life for Rent
  4. Mary’s in India
  5. See You When You’re 40
  6. Don’t Leave Home
  7. Who Makes You Feel
  8. Sand in My Shoes
  9. Do You Have a Little Time
  10. This Land Is Mine
  11. See the Sun


sales in U.S. only 2 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 2.79 million
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 5 million
sales worldwide - estimated 10 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 4
peak on U.K. album chart 1 10

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • White Flag (8/12/03) #18 US, #2 UK, #2 AC. U.S. Sales: ½ million
  • Life for Rent (12/03) #8 UK
  • Don’t Leave Home (4/04) #25 UK
  • Sand in My Shoes (9/04) #29 UK

Life for Rent
Life for Rent doesn’t offer anything that drastically different from Dido’s debut album, No Angel – the dance beats are marginally fresher, the production is clean and new – but this predictibility is actually rather refreshing because the album delivers on its promise, unlike many sophomore affairs in 2003. That its promise is rather modest doesn’t really matter, since Dido is successful at modest songs. She has a sweet, warm voice and a knack for tuneful modern folk-pop that sounds intimate while being confidently catchy and nicely atmospheric” (Erlewine).

“In other words, it retains the feel of No Angel and its two big hits, ‘Here with Me’ and ‘Thank You,’ without ever rewriting either song, but contributing songs like White Flag, Stoned, Life for Rent, and Do You Have a Little Time, which are nearly as memorable” (Erlewine).

“The appeal of Life for Rent is what makes Dido appealing – she’s unassuming and gentle, but her songs are so melodic and atmospheric they easily work their way into the subconscious, and the records are well-crafted enough to be engaging on repeated plays. So, Life for Rent isn’t much different than its predecessor, but that's a very good thing in this case” (Erlewine).

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Previous Album: No Angel (1999)

Last updated May 12, 2008.