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Unwritten [DualDisc]
     

Unwritten [DualDisc]

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by Natasha Bedingfield
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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.]

Product Details

Release Date:
08/02/2005
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969498729
catalogNumber:
94987

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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,Audio Production
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
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
Michael Perfitt   Engineer
Ryan Freeland   Engineer
Wayne Wilkins   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Ian Cuttler   Art Direction
Richard Flack   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Paul Herman   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Wayne Rodrigues   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming
Andrew Frampton   Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,Audio Production
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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Unwritten 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this album! Natasha Bedingfield is awesome!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this CD is absolutely lovely, I really liked her first single when it was released to the public on radio and stuff, but I really like the CD even more. the acustic section of the last track is really heartfelt and personal. I wish it was a track in the CD
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Unwritten" is the ultimate emotional rollercoaster - Natasha Beddingfield embraces a melee of sounds, sentiments, and soul. She's a bomb, she bruises easily, she's declaring her independance, and kissing frogs to find Prince Charming. And while this schizophrenic romp may seem like the insubstantial gushings of a teen-age diary, the coehsive quality of Beddingfield's voice unites the conflicting themes into one vibrant, brilliant soul-symphony of the twenty-something singleton. Best power song: "If you're gonna." Sounds cheesey until it hits the chord: "Wild Horses." And the hidden track is definitely worth the wait.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love Natasha bedingfield her album is great every one should by it it is so not a wast of money! SO buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best album of 2006. Alot of other artists were pretty disappointing music except Madonna's Confessions on a Dancefloor and Janet's 20 Y.O. That was probably the best music that came out along with this album. The album was rereleased with changing the track listing and deleting the original versions of Single and the one that got away. but they added the radio mix of Single and the Wamdue Pop Rocks Mix of the one that got away. so this is in my top 3 best female driven pop albums for this year. The best song on the album is unwritten love ther choir effect of the song.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this CD. There are not many CD's that I buy in which I like every song on it. Now, there are some on this CD that I dont really care for but I like more than 50% of them. My favorite is "I bruise easily" and sadly no one (unless they have the CD) will hear it because it is not played on the radio. If you have herd her songs and liked them then buy this CD you wont be disapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
She is DA BOMB!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Her song Unwritten! It's the best ever! She is so pretty in the music video.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a interesting cd. "These Words" "Single" "Unwritten" and a few others do make this album enjoyable, what is even cooler is N actually made contributions (song writing and music writing) which is always a plus in my book. This CD is worth your money but I wouldn't buy it for more than 12.00. it is one of those types of cds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Natasha Bedingfield is sitting pretty on the Rock throne. I personally believe she is the best one out there. Her raspy, raw voice is so original. She cannot be duplicated. I luv, luv, luv her. I am highly anticipating getting her next album. Look for her name in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because it IS going to be there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only really good song on this album was Unwritten. I mean, who doesn't love the tune and Natasha's amazing voice? However, all of the songs except "Wild Horses" and maybe "Silent Movie" are all Britney Spears type pop songs. They are cheesy and so un-original. Since she has a good oice i didn't want to rate this album too bad but i have to admit, Natasha really let me down with this album. Its not really the words, but the tunes are completely cliche.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD just yesterday and I have already listened to it several times. Bedingfield blends all types of music, from hip-hop and R&B to pop and, just this wonderful, inspirational sound that is uniquely her own. This CD was definitely worth the money, and I will watch to see if another album is released in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this cd sooooooooo much. First off those people who say this cd is no good..forget them. If you like hip hop, r and b you will feel the vibe that this girl has. The way she sings is like nothing else its soooo amazing and the beats in the song are so incredible. She is now my lovely london sista.......U GO GIRL...with that lil beat!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, this album is okay but pretty much stinks after #4. These Words, Single, and Unwrittem are basically the only known songs, and of course we can look through it to see other good ones, but they're pretty unorigonal and pitchy...a bit boring. Wild Horses is nice, and I adore Unwritten and Single, but These Words annoys me terribly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are very few CD's that I enjoy *every* song on the disc. This is one of the few. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is great! Every song has a different feel and message to it. Unwritten, Drop Me In The Middle, These Words, and Silent Movie are some of my favorites. You will not be disapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Natasha bedingfield totally rocks, but this album only has a few good songs on it. My favorite songs were "I bruise easily", "These words", "the one that got away", and "unwritten." It's not really worth your money, so i would just download the album from limewire to see if you like it or something, like I did. (I got this cd from limewire a month before it came out.)
marianaTX More than 1 year ago
You've probably heard the song "Unwritten" on shampoo commercials! That song is like an anthem for struggling writers!--or struggling creative people of any kind. Just do it! The varied rhythms of the songs express different moods. Amazing what you can do with just an electronic accompaniment! (Which is why I gave sound quality a 4. I really prefer instruments.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Natasha gives a new look at the regular songs and voices these days with the ever popular unwritten to cleverly created and performed, wild horses, drop me in the middle, and other cool songs that you can dance to, sing to, and ponder about. these pop-rock songs will give you a definete feel of natasha's strong, raw voice. she has great range, and you'll love the lyrics!
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