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On "These Words I Love You, I Love You," Natasha Bedingfield laments her inability to write a hit: "Tryin' to find the magic / Tryin' to write a classic," she sings, and, after turning to "Byron, Shelley and Keats" for inspiration, she gives up and decides to proclaim, simply, "I love you, I love you." And that's enough, because "These Words" contains all the magic of a classic pop single. Atop a sparse hip-hop beat layered with bursts of hornlike keyboards, Bedingfield's singsong vocals swing effortlessly and irresistibly -- think Destiny's Child or Kelly Clarkson or Nelly Furtado. Unwritten, the New Zealand–born Bedingfield's debut, was an immediate hit when it came ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
On "These Words I Love You, I Love You," Natasha Bedingfield laments her inability to write a hit: "Tryin' to find the magic / Tryin' to write a classic," she sings, and, after turning to "Byron, Shelley and Keats" for inspiration, she gives up and decides to proclaim, simply, "I love you, I love you." And that's enough, because "These Words" contains all the magic of a classic pop single. Atop a sparse hip-hop beat layered with bursts of hornlike keyboards, Bedingfield's singsong vocals swing effortlessly and irresistibly -- think Destiny's Child or Kelly Clarkson or Nelly Furtado. Unwritten, the New Zealand–born Bedingfield's debut, was an immediate hit when it came out in 2004 in England, her adopted home as was her brother Daniel's song "Gotta Get Thru This" a few years earlier, and it's no surprise. She balances au courant beats with pop smarts on "Single" and "Drop Me in the Middle," and she is equally adept rocking out on "If You're Gonna," fast-talking through the playful "Size Matters," and crooning seductively on "I Bruise Easily" and "Stumble" one of several songs added or retooled for Unwritten's U.S. release. Bedingfield had a hand in writing all but one of Unwritten's 13 tracks, and while every song might not be a classic, each one contains plenty of magic.
All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
In September 2004 Natasha Bedingfield debuted smashingly in the United Kingdom. Her first record, Unwritten, went number one nearly immediately and the glowing response established her as an instant pop star. Her ascent mirrored the sudden popularity of brother Daniel Bedingfield in 2001, when his bedroom production "Gotta Get Through This" rocketed similarly up the charts. For Natasha it's "Single" and the near-perfect "These Words I Love You, I Love You," tracks that merge the rhythms and flavors of hip-hop and R&B with unique melodies and Bedingfield's vocal confidence -- "Single," for example, suggests Kelly Clarkson's 2003 single "Miss Independent." Bedingfield co-writes all but one song on Unwritten, working with songwriters like Guy Chambers Robbie Williams, Andrew Frampton S Club 7, and Danielle Brisebois. And she stays remarkably poised throughout, selling some of the album's weaker arrangements with the dusky grain at the top end of her vocal. "Silent Movie" and "Piece of Me" make moves typical of pop in the 21st century -- the former actually sounds like a Williams song, while the latter tries to energize its chorus with blaring guitars. But it's Bedingfield who does the energizing, intersecting Pink's knowing swagger with the confessional exuberance of youth. Typified in the blurted "I love you, I love you/I love you, I love you!"s of "These Words." Even when Unwritten emulates the trends, its tendency to play out like a personal diary put to beats and keys saves it from the soundalike pile. The bubblingly positive title track is another highlight -- "Drench yourself in words unspoken! Live your life with arms wide open! Today is where your book begins!" -- as is the soulful hip-hop of "Drop Me in the Middle," which features London MC Estelle. "I Bruise Easily" is the late-album standout, a ballad that's as epically romantic as you'd expect keening strings, Bedingfield's voice breaking on the line "Be gentle....", but it doesn't get out of hand, retaining the tact that the majority of Unwritten has. It's a well-made pop album for the new millennium with star quality at its center. [The U.S. edition of Unwritten added "Stumble" and the quirky "Size Matters," as well as Estelle's appearance on "Middle." The album was also made available in DualDisc format.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/2/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969498729
  • Catalog Number: 94987

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 These Words (I Love You, I Love You) (3:36)
  2. 2 Single (3:55)
  3. 3 Unwritten (4:15)
  4. 4 Silent Movie (3:47)
  5. 5 Stumble (3:36)
  6. 6 Peace of Me (3:42)
  7. 7 If You're Gonna... (3:20)
  8. 8 Drop Me in the Middle - Estelle (3:43)
  9. 9 We're All Mad (4:44)
  10. 10 I Bruise Easily (4:13)
  11. 11 The One That Got Away (4:05)
  12. 12 Size Matters (3:25)
  13. 13 Wild Horses (10:27)
Disc 2
  1. 1 These Words (I Love You, I Love You) [Multimedia Track (1:47)
  2. 2 Single
  3. 3 Unwritten
  4. 4 Silent Movie
  5. 5 Stumble
  6. 6 Peace of Me
  7. 7 If You're Gonna...
  8. 8 Drop Me in the Middle - Estelle
  9. 9 We're All Mad
  10. 10 I Bruise Easily
  11. 11 The One That Got Away
  12. 12 Size Matters
  13. 13 Wild Horses
  14. 14 These Words
  15. 15 Single
  16. 16 I Bruise Easily
  17. 17 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Natasha Bedingfield Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Keith Andes Keyboards
Dave Catlin-Birch Bass
Guy Chambers Guitar, Keyboards
Justin Clayton Bass
Larry Corbett Cello
Keith Crouch Hammond Organ
Paul Gordon Keyboards
Nick Ingman Conductor
Patrick Leonard Keyboards
David Low Cello
Tim Pierce Guitar
Josefina Vergara Violin
Greg Wells Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums
Joey Waronker Drums
Danielle Brisebois Background Vocals
Jessica Collins Background Vocals
J. Curtis Guitar
Nick Lashley Guitar, Keyboards
Wayne Wilkins Piano, Keyboards
Paul Herman Guitar
Wayne Rodrigues Keyboards, Turntables
Andrew Frampton Guitar, Keyboards
Simon Hill Drums
Andrew Duckles Viola
Michele Richards Violin
Chris Brown Bass
Nikola Bedingfield Background Vocals
Tony Hodson Guitar
Paul Stanborough Guitar
Technical Credits
Steve Kipner Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Guy Chambers Composer, Producer
Joe Chiccarelli Engineer
John Hill Producer
Nick Ingman String Arrangements
Patrick Leonard Composer, Programming, Producer
Steve MacMillan Engineer
Shelly Peiken Composer
Herb Powers Mastering
Greg Wells Composer, Programming, Producer
Gavyn Wright String Conductor
Kara DioGuardi Composer
Danielle Brisebois Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Suzie Katayama String Contractor
Nick Lashley Composer, Producer, Engineer
David Channing Digital Editing
Michael Perfitt Engineer, Digital Editing
Ryan Freeland Engineer
James Cruz Mastering
Wayne Wilkins Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, String Arrangements
Ian Cuttler Art Direction
Richard Flack Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Paul Herman Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Wayne Rodrigues Composer, Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing, Vocal Arrangements, drum programming
Andrew Frampton Composer, Programming, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, String Arrangements
Michelle Holme Art Direction
Kieron Menzies Engineer
Chris Steffen Engineer
Peter Wade Keusch Producer
Lee Groves Mixing Programmer
Natasha Bedingfield Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Michael Tafaro Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Nathan Winkler Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    natasha is amazing

    The lyrics to her songs are unbelievably good. The range of music is great because she goes from hip-hop to slow songs. My personal favorites are "Stumble" and "Silent Movie." These songs are very original and easy to listen to.

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