Unwritten is the debut studio album by English singer-songwriter Natasha Bedingfield. It was released in the United Kingdom on 6 September 2004, where it debuted at number one, and in the United States on 2 August 2005, where it debuted at number twenty-six. It spawned the singles "Single", "These Words", "Unwritten", which later served as the theme song from MTV reality series The Hills, "I Bruise Easily" and "The One That Got Away" (which was only released in North America). The song "Drop Me in the Middle" featured rapper Bizarre of D12 on the international and UK versions of the album, but the U.S. version featured rapper/singer Estelle. In 2006, the album was re-released in North America with new album artwork and a slightly altered track listing. The album is replayed on October 23, 2007.
The album received generally positive reviews from most critics, earning a 7 out of 10 from PopMatters' Adrien Begrand, who said the album was Bedingfield's "brand of clever, R&B infused pop." Though, he went on to admit that the album was "not without its pitfalls." David Hooper from BBC gave the album another positive review, writing "there's no denying this is a finely-crafted number with bold, voluptuous harmonies. It's guaranteed to thrill, at least for the first 30 plays." Further, Hollow stated "Unwritten is a textbook quality pop album, lifted by Natasha's strong voice, immaculate production and some absolutely corking singles. Whether you like it or not, you won't be able to get those tunes out of your head."
UK-based music review website musicOMH critic David Welsh praised the album, compared Bedingfield's success to that of her brother, calling the album "a startlingly accomplished debut outing, letting the whole world know that Daniel is by no means the only talented Bedingfield out there." Welsh continued to add that Unwritten was "both musically note-worthy and lyrically substantial", concluding that there was "no shame in adding this to your collection."
There is also a DualDisc of the American edition available, which features the music videos for "These Words" (US version), "Single", and "I Bruise Easily", in addition to the making of the video for "These Words" and an interview with Natasha.
Japanese pressings features a booklet with the Japanese lyrics and obi strip.