Safe Trip Home

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Safe Trip Home
Studio album by Dido
Released 17 November 2008
Recorded London and Los Angeles at Ocean Way Recording, Westlake Recording Studios, Abbey Road Studios, Ocean Productions, Henson Recording Studios, NRG Recording Studios, British Grove Studios and various cupboards, kitchens and bedrooms[1]
Genre Pop, soft rock
Length 49:46
Label Cheeky, Sony Music, RCA
Producer Dido, Jon Brion, The Ark
Dido chronology
Life for Rent
(2003)
Safe Trip Home
(2008)
Girl Who Got Away
(2013)
Singles from Safe Trip Home
  1. "Don't Believe in Love"
    Released: September 2008
  2. "Quiet Times"
    Released: February 2009

Safe Trip Home is the third studio album by Dido. It was released in the United Kingdom on 17 November 2008.[2] The album features collaborations and production with Jon Brion, her brother Rollo Armstrong, Brian Eno, Mick Fleetwood, Citizen Cope and Questlove.[1] The album was the 44th best-selling album worldwide of 2008, according to IFPI.[3] The album was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.[4]

Release[edit]

The album's cover artwork and track listing were revealed by Dido's official website on 5 September 2008.[5] The album was originally due to be released on 3 November,[6][7] but was delayed for two weeks due to manufacturing delays.[2] In the UK, the album launch was heralded with a special listening party, which fans can win an invitation to through the Nectar loyalty card points scheme.[8]

The album cover features a photograph of astronaut Bruce McCandless II during a spacewalk, as part of space shuttle mission STS-41-B. McCandless later sued Dido, Sony Music Entertainment and Getty Images over violating his publicity rights.[9] The case was settled under undisclosed terms in January 2011.[citation needed] An August 2005 Smithsonian magazine article about the photo quoted McCandless saying that the subject's anonymity is its best feature. "I have the sun visor down, so you can't see my face, and that means it could be anybody in there. It's sort of a representation not of Bruce McCandless, but mankind."[10]

On 27 October 2008, it was announced that eleven short films were being produced to accompany the tracks on the album, based around the theme of home.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[11]
The A.V. Club (B-)[12]
Badger Herald 4/5 stars[13]
Blender 3.0/5 stars[14]
Daily Mirror 4/5 stars[15]
Daily News (New York) 4/5 stars[16]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[17]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[18]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[19]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[20]

The album received very positive reviews. Metacritic, which is a website that gives an average rating over a number of reviews, rates the album at 74 out of a 100.[21] Stephanie Merritt from The Guardian wrote "This album is a mature and thoughtful collection of songs and a fine memorial to her father, who would have been right to be proud."[18] While Chris Willman from Entertainment Weekly said "The emotion in these sad, subtle songs seems inherent enough, though you may still find yourself wishing she'd allowed the slightest hint of it to creep into her voice."[17] Will Hermes of Rolling Stone said: "Dido's voice is so comforting, you almost miss the blues it conceals."[19] Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine gave a more critical review: "The album might be Dido's least adventurous to date, [with] her brand of vanilla soul going down like a warm cup of milk on tracks like the lead single "Don't Believe in Love" and "Quiet Times", the lyrics of which pretty much capture her overall state of mind: "My home is home and I'm settled now/I've made it through the restless phase." Though he noted that there was a "timeless quality to the songwriting and production."[20] Elizabeth Goodman of Blender was also more critical. "The songs are ostensibly sad but [they are] as pleasant as a pile of warm, unfolded laundry. ...Dido should let her socks go unsorted for a while; genuine sorrow sounds good on her."[14] Regardless of the album's late release in the year, it was ranked No. 50 in Q's 50 Best Albums of the Year 2008.[22] In 2010, the album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Singles[edit]

Two singles were released from the album. On 22 August 2008, the day that the album's title was announced, the track "Look No Further" was released as a free digital download through her official website.[6] The first official single from Safe Trip Home, "Don't Believe in Love", was released on 27 October 2008. It was also made available on iTunes stores internationally from 29 October.[7] The second single, "Quiet Times", was released in February 2009.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Don't Believe in Love"   Dido Armstrong, Jon Brion, Rollo Armstrong 3:53
2. "Quiet Times"   D. Armstrong 3:17
3. "Never Want to Say It's Love"   D. Armstrong, J. Brion, R. Armstrong 3:35
4. "Grafton Street"   D. Armstrong, R. Armstrong, Brian Eno 5:59
5. "It Comes and It Goes"   D. Armstrong, J. Brion, R. Armstrong 3:28
6. "Look No Further"   D. Armstrong, J. Brion, R. Armstrong 3:14
7. "Us 2 Little Gods"   D. Armstrong, R. Armstrong, Daisy Gough, Rick Nowels 4:49
8. "The Day Before the Day"   D. Armstrong, R. Armstrong 4:13
9. "Let's Do the Things We Normally Do"   D. Armstrong, J. Brion 4:10
10. "Burnin Love" (with Citizen Cope) D. Armstrong, Clarence Greenwood 4:12
11. "Northern Skies"   D. Armstrong, R. Armstrong 8:57

Note: Tracks 1, 3, 5, 6, 9 & 11 produced by Jon Brion and tracks 2, 4, 7, 8, 10 produced by The Ark & Dido

Personnel[edit]

Musicians
Crew
  • Ashley Arrison - a&r coordination for Jon Brion
  • Chris Bolster - studio staff
  • Jon Brion - mixer (track 3, 5, 6, 9, 11), orchestra arranger and conductor (tracks 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 11)
  • Nick Braun - studio staff
  • Bobby Campbell - studio staff
  • David Campbell - string arranger (tracks 2, 4, 8), orchestra arranger and conductor (tracks 2, 4, 8)
  • Eric Caudieux - progamming/editing (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11)
  • Matt Dunkley - orchestration
  • Peter Edge - album mastering (at a&r)
  • Eric Gorfain - orchestration
  • Isobel Griffiths - contractor
  • Grippa - mixer (track 8)
  • Kayt Jones - photographer
  • Rouble Kapoor - studio staff
  • Greg Koller - mixer (tracks 3, 5, 6, 9, 11)
  • Peter Leak - manager
  • Josh Newell - studio staff
  • Alex Pavlides - studio staff
  • Michael Price - orchestration
  • Bret Rausch - studio assistant for Jon Brion
  • Matt Robertson - orchestration
  • Joanne Rooks - designer
  • Jim Scott - mixer (track 2, 4, 7, 10), vocal and string mixer (track 8)
  • Wesley Seidman - studio staff
  • Paul Smith - studio staff
  • Todd Steinhauer - assistant mixer (track 2, 4, 7, 10)
  • Jill Streater - copyist
  • Brady Woodcock - studio staff
  • Gavin Wright - session leader
  • Alan Yoshida - album mastering (at oceanway)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[23] 6
Austrian Album Chart[24] 11
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[25] 9
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[26] 7
Canadian Albums Chart[27] 9
Danish Albums Chart[28] 20
European Top 100 Albums Chart[29] 1
Finnish Albums Chart[30] 24
French Albums Chart[31] 3
German Albums Chart[32] 3
Hungarian Albums Chart 15
Irish Albums Chart[33] 11
Italian Albums Chart[34] 11
Dutch Albums Chart[35] 8
New Zealand Albums Chart[36] 6
Norwegian Albums Chart[37] 18
Polish Album Chart[38] 14
Spanish Albums Chart[39] 27
Swedish Albums Chart[40] 20
Swiss Albums Chart[41] 1
UK Albums Chart[42] 2
US Billboard 200[43] 13

Sales and certifications[edit]

Country Certification
Australia Gold[44]
Belgium Gold[25]
France Gold[45]
Germany Gold[46]
Hungary Gold[47]
Ireland Gold[48]
Italy Gold[49]
New Zealand Gold[50]
Poland Gold[51]
Switzerland Platinum[52] United Kingdom (BPI)[53] Gold 100,000^

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