A decade after her smash hit “Thank You” put this English singer on the pop map and five years after 2008’s “Safe Trip Home,” Dido reemerges with this concise album that brings together all the nuances of her style, blending folk-rock, electronica and straight-ahead pop. The album opens with the acoustic ballad “No Freedom,” whose lyrics reflect on the necessity of allowing people to have freedom within the confines of a relationship. The title track makes a playful allusion to the lover “who got away,” the sort of utopian dream-like person who many of us were unable to keep by our sides.
“Blackbird” is not a Beatles cover but an original that seems structurally influenced by the early work of Suzanne Vega and seems a natural for Top 40 radio. “Let Us Move On” features rapper Kendrick Lamar, who complements Dido’s original lyric with clever rhymes (the tune reappears as a remix later on the disc). Also notable is “Happy New Year,” a jazz-inflected song with well-placed multilayered vocals. (Ernest Barteldes)
“Girl Who Got Away”