Pocketful of Sunshine [Bonus DVD]

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2008
  • Label: Epic
  • UPC: 886972230924
  • Catalog Number: 722309
  • Sales rank: 121,937

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Put Your Arms Around Me (3:42)
  2. 2 Pocketful of Sunshine (3:05)
  3. 3 Happy (3:40)
  4. 4 Love Like This - Sean Kingston (3:42)
  5. 5 Piece of Your Heart (3:46)
  6. 6 Soulmate (3:33)
  7. 7 Say It Again (3:31)
  8. 8 Angel (3:54)
  9. 9 Backyard (3:27)
  10. 10 Freckles (3:46)
  11. 11 Who Knows (3:46)
  12. 12 Pirate Bones (3:52)
  13. 13 Not Givin' Up (3:47)
  14. 14 Unwritten (3:24)
  15. 15 The One That Got Away (3:45)
  16. 16 Love Like This (3:48)
  17. 17 Pocketful of Sunshine (3:33)
  18. 18 Angel (4:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 These Words (I Love You, I Love You)
  2. 2 I Bruise Easily
  3. 3 Single
  4. 4 Wild Horses
  5. 5 Unwritten
  6. 6 Love Like This - Sean Kingston
  7. 7 Pocketful of Sunshine
  8. 8 Babies
  9. 9 Soulmate
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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
The 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
Lars Fox Digital Editing
Mike Donaldson Engineer
Mike Elizondo Composer, Programming, Producer
David Kutch Mastering
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
Jason Pennock Digital Editing
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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