Pocketful of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingfield
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  • Summary: The sophomore album for the English singer.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. At first listen, N.B. sounds creepy. But ignore the lyrics, surrender yourself to the joys of pop songwriting and N.B. seems to approach perfection.
  2. The album has an undeniable flip-flop feel throughout; like the unplugged soul-chick hoedown Beyoncé tried to conjure at the end of the "Irreplaceable" video.
  3. 70
    Bedingfield’s second U.S. release sticks mostly to love odes and peppy self-help bromides, which occasionally veer close to Colbie Caillat’s lake of goop. It would be irksome if not for the uniformly strong pop and R&B songcraft.
  4. She sings about the minutiae of modern relationships from a feminine perspective, but a healthy dose of self-awareness regarding the archetypes she plays with and some jolly-hockey-sticks humour prevent her from slipping into Bridget Jones territory.
  5. Natasha Bedingfield is a genuine pop talent who often flashes hints of a greater than average ambition that could turn her into something more substantial than the likes of Rhianna, but the awkwardly assembled Pocketful of Sunshine feels inorganic in a way that Unwritten did not, less personal and more vetted by various A&R executives.
  6. The packaging in which she wraps her openhearted thoughts makes Sunshine a decent little pop record.
  7. Despite some attempts at quasi-uplift ('Freckles') and childhood nostalgia ('Backyard'), there's little here that's likely to reprise the slow-burning success of that inspirational smash ['Unwritten'].

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. GrantM.
    Jan 17, 2008
    10
    Quirky, catchy pop songs. Inspired, heartfelt performances. Pocketful is a breath of fresh air from start to finish!
  2. EmmaR.
    Jan 17, 2008
    9
    Joyful, easy listening, and care free. Fun album to listen to!
  3. Maikv.
    Jan 22, 2008
    9
    I do not agree to the reviews "What Critics Said" because some of them referred to the album N.B. Thats wrong because the new cd Pocket Full Of Sunshine is different from the N.B one. New songs and a couple of old songs from N.B. So the metascore isn't representative. It's not the right review for this cd. I like the new songs on this album. Check them out! Expand
  4. MichalV.
    Jan 23, 2008
    8
    When I have heard it for the first time, i knew that something was wrong about it... Songs are catchy, melodic and yeah, they are good... But still, i felt like it is not the right NB... and it is not! Her lyrics are less personal than ever and that kinda sucks. Expand
  5. RicardoA
    Jan 25, 2008
    2
    Can't believe this kind of boring pap is still being released in the 21st Century.