Life for Rent

Label
Arista
Release date
2003
Running length
18 tracks
Running time
67:10

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Life for Rent 3:40 353,794
1 White Flag 4:03 532,816
2 Life for Rent (Skinny 4 Rent remix) 0:00 17
2 Stoned 5:55 172,402
3 Stoned (Spirit Chaser remix) 0:00 205
4 Mary's in India 3:41 163,493
5 See You When You're 40 5:20 154,298
6 Don't Leave Home 3:46 221,573
7 Who Makes You Feel 4:20 158,553
8 Sand in My Shoes 5:00 237,389
9 Do You Have a Little Time 3:55 154,628
10 This Land Is Mine 3:46 135,820
11 Closer 3:30 26,307
11 See the Sun 5:05 105,514
12 Paris 3:22 25,032
13 Stoned (Deep Dish Stoner Dub) 11:47 726

About this album

Life for Rent is the second album by Dido, released in 2003.


Song backgrounds
“White Flag” – about a past relationship. Dido “regretted writing it” to begin with because of the further problems it caused with that person, but now enjoys performing the song.
“Life for Rent” – written to reflect how she saw her life at the time.
“Mary’s in India” – a joke for childhood best friend Mary who now lives in India, originally not intended to be on the album.
“See You When You’re 40” – about a past boyfriend who “wanted to be different more than anything in the world.”

“Don’t Leave Home” – written about the difficulties of drug addiction and made as a demo during the creation of her previous album.

Reception

Critical
Life for Rent was nominated for “Best British Album” at the 2004 BRIT Awards along with Daniel Bedingfield’s Gotta Get Thru This, Blur’s Think Tank and The Coral’s Magic and Medicine, but they were all beaten by The Darkness’s Permission to Land. “White Flag” was awarded the 2004 Ivor Novello Award in the category “International Hit of the Year”.


Commercial
Life for Rent spent ten weeks at the top of the UK albums chart.[1] It remained in the chart for 52 weeks.[2] The Life for Rent Tour was taken around the world in 2004.

In Australia the album debuted at number one on the ARIA albums chart, was one of the biggest selling albums of 2003 and went on to be certified six times platinum for sales of over 420,000. With this, Dido was able to match the huge success of her previous effort, No Angel.

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