“I Wanna Have Your Babies” really did a number to Natasha Bedingfield’s career.
That 2007 single, meant to be a hip-pop, role-reversal trifle, made people turn off their radios in droves. Perhaps it was the line, “I wanna have your babies / I see ’em springing up like daisies” or maybe it was the popping sounds tacked on after.
Either way, thanks to “Babies,” Bedingfield’s sophomore release was delayed by many months in North America, requiring emergency A&R intervention — however, the record was still released in other markets as N.B. last April.
Retitled Pocketful of Sunshine, the North American release tacks on new commercial pop tracks and removes filler from the international release, including the aforementioned “Babies.” As can be expected, the album is an uneven collection of pop songs. The newly recorded songs are clearly the highlights, including the title track, “Happy,” “Angel” and “Piece of Your Heart.”
Pocketful of Sunshine isn’t out to blow your mind. It works when it delivers a good melody with a sing-a-long chorus, and fails when it doesn’t. What’s more pop than that? (Epic/Sony BMG)