Pocketful of Sunshine [Bonus DVD]

Pocketful of Sunshine [Bonus DVD]

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by Natasha Bedingfield

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Natasha Bedingfield's Unwritten was a better than average slice of Top 40 ear candy buoyed by a pair of genuinely great pop singles, the self-empowerment title track and the giddy "These Words," the most meta love song since Elton John's "Your Song." It seemed likely that the New Zealand-born, London-based singer/songwriter (theSee more details below


Natasha Bedingfield's Unwritten was a better than average slice of Top 40 ear candy buoyed by a pair of genuinely great pop singles, the self-empowerment title track and the giddy "These Words," the most meta love song since Elton John's "Your Song." It seemed likely that the New Zealand-born, London-based singer/songwriter (the younger sister of dance-pop star Daniel Bedingfield) would be even more successful with her second album, but fate and record company politicking intervened. In early 2007, Bedingfield released a pre-album single called "I Wanna Have Your Babies," a fizzy, synthy tune that continued on the same self-conscious path as "These Words": at heart, it was a song about how the most shocking thing a woman could say (either to her boyfriend or in a pop song) was that she wanted to procreate. Although it was just a lighthearted jab at the hypersexualized nature of popular culture in the age of Paris Hilton sex tapes and paparazzi photos of Britney Spears sans culottes, the song was both generally misinterpreted and a complete commercial flop in the U.S. Bedingfield's second album, N.B., was released on schedule in the U.K. in May 2007, but Epic quietly scrubbed its American release. Later in the year, a new single, an agreeable but slightly faceless reggae-tinged collaboration with rising R&B star Sean Kingston called "Love Like This," made it into the Billboard Top 20 chart, and a slightly revised version of N.B. was announced for U.S. release, with the hit single and a new title track, "Pocketful of Sunshine," added to the album's lineup. The release was scrubbed yet again, and with each new release date, fewer songs from N.B. remained on the track listing, with the flop single "I Wanna Have Your Babies" among the first to go. In its final form as released in January 2008, Pocketful of Sunshine contains only half of N.B.'s 14 songs, with six brand new tracks. To be fair, the seven earlier songs held over are the stronger material: the spare acoustic guitar ballad "Soulmate" shows Christina Aguilera that it's possible to sound dramatic without wildly over-singing, and "Say It Again" makes good use of Maroon 5's Adam Levine as a duet partner. ("No More What Ifs," an awkward pairing of Bedingfield's chirpy and veddy proper diction with an out-of-nowhere rap by Eve that was the nadir of N.B., has thankfully been retired.) Elsewhere, "Who Knows?" and "Not Givin' Up" present a more aggressive and harder-edged version of Bedingfield closer to her brother's electronic club music, an unexpected change of pace that works quite well, recalling Kylie Minogue's more recent work. Far better than the summery charm of the hit "Love Like This," the title track is the most immediately effective of the new songs, featuring an atypically impassioned call-and-response lead vocal against an instantly catchy, gimmicky chorus. Unfortunately, the remaining four songs are the album's weakest tracks, no better or worse than the make-weight tunes that pad out the average American Idol contestant's debut. Natasha Bedingfield is a genuine pop talent who often flashes hints of a greater than average ambition that could turn her into something more substantial than the likes of Rhianna, but the awkwardly assembled Pocketful of Sunshine feels inorganic in a way that Unwritten did not, less personal and more vetted by various A&R executives. The best thing that could happen is that it's enough of a success that she gets left alone to make her third album on her own terms. [The Deluxe Editon reissue adds five bonus tracks made up of remixes of tracks from both Pocketful and Unwritten. A DVD of live performances and videos was also included. Curiously one of the videos included is for the excluded song "I Wanna Have Your Babies."]

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Disc 1

  1. Put Your Arms Around Me  - Natasha Bedingfield
  2. Pocketful of Sunshine  - Natasha Bedingfield
  3. Happy  - Natasha Bedingfield
  4. Love Like This  - Sean Kingston
  5. Piece of Your Heart  - Natasha Bedingfield
  6. Soulmate  - Natasha Bedingfield
  7. Say It Again  - Natasha Bedingfield
  8. Angel  - Natasha Bedingfield
  9. Backyard  - Natasha Bedingfield
  10. Freckles  - Natasha Bedingfield
  11. Who Knows  - Natasha Bedingfield
  12. Pirate Bones  - Natasha Bedingfield
  13. Not Givin' Up  - Natasha Bedingfield
  14. Unwritten  - Natasha Bedingfield
  15. The One That Got Away  - Natasha Bedingfield
  16. Love Like This  - Natasha Bedingfield
  17. Pocketful of Sunshine  - Natasha Bedingfield
  18. Angel  - Natasha Bedingfield

Disc 2

  1. These Words (I Love You, I Love You)  - Natasha Bedingfield
  2. I Bruise Easily  - Natasha Bedingfield
  3. Single  - Natasha Bedingfield
  4. Wild Horses  - Natasha Bedingfield
  5. Unwritten  - Natasha Bedingfield
  6. Love Like This  - Sean Kingston
  7. Pocketful of Sunshine  - Natasha Bedingfield
  8. Babies  - Natasha Bedingfield
  9. Soulmate  - Natasha Bedingfield

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Natasha Bedingfield   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Steve Kipner   Background Vocals
Richard Altenbach   Strings,Leader
Julie Gigante   Violin
Charles Judge   Keyboards
Trevor Lawrence   Drums
Victor Lawrence   Cello
Wendy Melvoin   Guitar
Mark Robertson   Violin
Sean Hurley   Bass
Sebastian Toettcher   Cello
Danielle Brisebois   Background Vocals
Jessica Collins   Background Vocals
Nick Lashley   Guitar
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Mike Elizondo   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Keith Greene   Viola
Wayne Wilkins   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Michael Valerio   Bass
Andrew Frampton   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jon Cohen   Keyboards
Jeff Rothschild   Drums
Lauren Evans   Background Vocals
Neel Hammond   Violin
J.R. Rotem   Track Performer
Meleni Smith   Background Vocals
Aaron Sterling   Drums
Rico Love   Background Vocals
Pete Martin & the Versatile Keys   Bass
Ravaughn Brown   Background Vocals
Vanessa Freebirn   Cello
Mads Hauge   Guitar

Technical Credits

Runaways   Producer,Engineer
Steve Kipner   Composer,Producer
Richard Altenbach   String Arrangements,String Contractor
Louis Biancaniello   Composer,Producer
Greg Kurstin   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Patrick Leonard   Producer
Brian Scheuble   Engineer
Rodney Jerkins   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Johnny Vicious   Remixing
Danielle Brisebois   Composer,Producer
Sam Watters   Composer,Producer
Mike Donaldson   Engineer
Mike Elizondo   Composer,Programming,Producer
Mark Pellington   Video Director
LaShawn Daniels   Composer
Wayne Wilkins   Composer,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Daniel Frampton   Vocal Engineer
Adam Hawkins   Engineer
David Tench   Composer,Vocal Producer
Wayne Rodrigues   Composer,Producer
Andrew Frampton   Composer,Programming,Producer
Dave Meyers   Video Director
Jeff Rothschild   Programming,Engineer
Melissa Larsen   Video Producer
Ryan Tedder   Composer,Producer
Norman Reiss   Video Producer
Natasha Bedingfield   Composer,Producer
James White   Cover Photo
J.R. Rotem   Arranger,Composer,Instrumentation
Toby Gad   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Meleni Smith   Composer
Michael Tafaro   Producer
Nathan Winkler   Producer
Greg Ogan   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Rico Love   Composer
Gill Green   Video Director
Andrew Wilkins   Composer
Vanessa Freebirn   String Arrangements
Roberto Vazquez   Engineer
Alan Fergusin   Video Director
Mads Hauge   Composer,Vocal Producer
Rick Revell   Video Producer
Moto Blanco   Producer,Remixing
Dernst "D.Mile" Emile   Engineer

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