The Bottom Line
Too often Natasha Bedingfield's second solo album Pocketful of Sunshine sinks due to lack of quality song material. However, there are gems. One of these is the title track which combines wistfulness and hope in a combination that provides emotional impact as well as pure melodic appeal.
- Melancholy tone mixed with lyrical words of love and escape
- Natasha Bedingfield's trademark sing-speak of the words
- Misses completely catching fire
- Written by Natasha Bedingfield, Danielle Brisebois, and John Shanks
- Produced by John Shanks
- Released February 2008 by Epic Records
Guide Review - Natasha Bedingfield - "Pocketful of Sunshine"
When it came time for Natasha Bedingfield to release a second solo album in April, 2007, she dropped N.B. in Europe. Expectations were high, but ultimately sales were disappointing. The US release of the album was held back and a number of new tracks added before the collection Pocketful of Sunshine finally appeared in January, 2008. Among the new tracks added was this title track. It looks set to regain Bedingfield's momentum in the US on the pop singles chart.
Recruiting veteran songwriter Danielle Brisebois (co-writer of Bedingfield's smash "Unwritten") as well as producer John Shanks (Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, Ashlee Simpson) gives Natasha Bedingfield a team that knows their way around a pop hit. "Pocketful of Sunshine" is an example of the lyrical tone and musical foundation of a song fitting together in seamless perfection. The words of finding refuge and escape in love and the small triumphs of life is echoed in melancholy sound brightened by Bedingfield's cheerfully chattery vocals.
The song has been building slowly at pop radio, but it looks like Natasha Bedingfield may well be regaining her momentum with pop music audiences. This single is a good one for carrying forward the promise of spring.