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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Let's Go To Bedingfield

There was this period in 2002, before his album was released in the States, where I really tried to like Daniel Bedingfield. I'd heard "Gotta Get Thru This" that January on some U.K. chart countdown online, bought the import single, and, yeah, it was a jam. That second one about James Dean was alright, but the more upbeat Metro mix of "If You're Not The One" was one of the best tracks to come out that year. Chalk it up to 2002 being the year pop really became scarce here.

When his album finally dropped, it was kinda -- well, more than kinda -- on the boring side. Although he looked then like some scruffy bro from the first floor of your college dorm you'd get drunk with and end up in bed with while his roommate and girlfriend were both out of town for Thanksgiving break, and then who would tell you after that he's really straight except for that one time when he was 14, and how he's totally into girls and this was just a one-time thing... wait, what are we talking about again?

So, Daniel got into a car accident, gained weight, jammed his head up his ass and released a drab second album three years ago that, despite the first one yielding two American hits, got shelved here. Thankfully his sis Natasha came along with a fairly decent record that same year. She racked up a minor American hit with "These Words" and a massive smash with "Unwritten," which is still on the radio/in movie trailers/one of the voices in my head every two minutes.

Anyway, Natasha's second album N.B. came out abroad in the spring and is finally getting a U.S. release December 18, though with a different title (Pocket Full Of Sunshine). The first American single (which wasn't on the European album) is "Love Like This," a duet with Sean Kingston, and this week it jumps on the Billboard Hot 100 from #73 to #48. The track itself is harmless enough, if not kind of boring. Natasha's voice in it sort of sounds like Michael Jackson during the Jackson 5 days.

Here's the video:

As for Pocket Full Of Sunshine, personally I think 'Tash should have gone with an album of Big Fun covers and called it Pocketful Of Dreams II.

And what of brother Daniel? While it seems he's completely fucked off the face of the planet, he did an interview with the New Zealand Herald in April where he said the car accident has altered his voice, and that he's got three albums worth of material ready to be released.

Here's hoping he had the sense to dig out the vocoder and the drum machine from under the mothballs for some of it.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Kiss Kiss" - Chris Brown feat. T-Pain *2 weeks* *airplay gainer*
2. "Apologize" - Timbaland feat. OneRepublic
3. "No One" - Alicia Keys
4. "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" - Soulja Boy
5. "Bubbly" - Colbie Caillat
6. "Stronger" - Kanye West
7. "Cyclone" - Baby Bash feat. T-Pain
8. "Good Life" - Kanye West feat. T-Pain
9. "Hate That I Love You" - Rihanna feat. Ne-Yo
10. "The Way I Are" - Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson & D.O.E.

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  • At 2:47 PM, Anonymous If You're Not The Orangutan said…

    Oh dear, 'our' Daniel is looking a bit like Mr. Meatloaf in that second pic. Ah well, he seems like a good egg...and he still looks better than the bleach-bottles-a-go-go Big Fun boys do on their twink-tastic album sleeve.

  • At 5:07 PM, Anonymous Twink-tastic said…

    Twink-tastic? Love it Orangutan.

    I wanna have your babies was the first single in America too. After the single bombed in America and the album bombed in the UK, her American label panicked and quickly sent her to the recording studio to record new track and try to fix the album's American release.

  • At 5:56 PM, Blogger ww_adh said…

    It's interesting that both Bedingfields succumbed to the sophomore slump pretty hard after making big waves with their debuts. Nat's third NB single, "Say It Again," didn't even make it to the UK top 75, despite Adam Levine even appearing on it.

  • At 9:18 AM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    You know, I'm still not near to being sick of "Unwritten," but there's a shampoo commercial using it that makes me want to throw things at the TV every time it comes on. It's weird, there were a good number of songs I liked on her debut album, but I haven't felt compelled to buy this second album at all. Nor is that duet with Sean Kingston convincing me to do so. Although I just clicked play on the video and if she put a picture of her love interest from that on the cover, I might be more inclined to do so...darn you, Natasha, now you're going to get me to watch the video a few more times and next thing I know I'll be liking the song, too.

    I'd love the Daniel of "Gotta Get Thru This"/"James Dean (I Wanna Know)" back.


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