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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 ...
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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 to number one almost 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."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/2005
  • Label: Tombstone Records
  • EAN: 4988017629161
  • Catalog Number: 21415

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 (12:59)
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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, String Conductor
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, Pro-Tools
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 August 6, 2012

    I love this album! Natasha Bedingfield is awesome!!!

    I love this album! Natasha Bedingfield is awesome!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Varied & fun, with an attitude.

    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.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    sassy singer stands out!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sassy Singer

    I love Her song Unwritten! It's the best ever! She is so pretty in the music video.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST EVER!

    i love Natasha bedingfield her album is great every one should by it it is so not a wast of money! SO buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best album with probably the biggest song of 06

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love It!!!!!!!!

    She is DA BOMB!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    oh my goodness...from my hearts own

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Errr....save your money.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SINGLE HIT ALBUM

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very good

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    gorgeous cd

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    These words...

    "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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    an okay cd

    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.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD!

    There are very few CD's that I enjoy *every* song on the disc. This is one of the few. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It has it's moments

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2010

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