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This article is about the Natasha Bedingfield album. For other uses, see Unwritten (disambiguation).
Unwritten
Studio album by Natasha Bedingfield
Released 6 September 2004 (2004-09-06)
Recorded 2004; New York City, U.S.
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 47:01
56:22 (U.K.)
56:55 (U.S.)
Label Phonogenic
Producer Danielle Brisebois, Guy Chambers, Richard Flack, Andrew Frampton, Peter Wade Keusch, Steve Kipner, Nick Lashley, Patrick Leonard, Wayne Rodrigues, Greg Wells, Wayne Wilkins
Natasha Bedingfield chronology
Unwritten
(2004)
N.B.
(2007)
Singles from Unwritten
  1. "Single"
    Released: 13 July 2004
  2. "These Words"
    Released: 5 October 2004
  3. "Unwritten"
    Released: 29 November 2004
  4. "I Bruise Easily"
    Released: 4 April 2005

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.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]

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."[3] 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."[4] 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."[5]

Album[edit]

For more information, see Sony BMG CD copy protection scandal

In November 2005, the Electronic Frontier Foundation identified Unwritten as one of the discs with Extended Copy Protection, a controversial invasive software.[6] However, the DualDisc release does not contain such software.

Track listing[edit]

(Original) International edition[edit]

  1. "These Words" (Natasha Bedingfield, Andrew Frampton, Steve Kipner, Wayne Wilkins) – 3:36
  2. "Single" (Bedingfield, Frampton, Kipner, Wilkins) – 3:54
  3. "I'm a Bomb" (Bedingfield, Frampton, Kipner, Wilkins) – 3:42
  4. "Unwritten" (Bedingfield, Danielle Brisebois, Wayne Rodrigues) – 4:19
  5. "I Bruise Easily" (Bedingfield, Frampton, Paul Herman, Wilkins) – 4:14
  6. "If You're Gonna..." (Bedingfield, Frampton, Kipner, Wilkins) – 3:21
  7. "Silent Movie" (Bedingfield, Guy Chambers) – 3:45
  8. "We're All Mad" (Bedingfield, Brisebois, Nick Lashley) – 4:45
  9. "Frogs & Princes" (Bedingfield, Frampton, Kipner, Wilkins) – 3:44
  10. "Drop Me in the Middle" (featuring Bizarre from D12) (Bedingfield, Brisebois, Rodrigues, Rufus Johnson) – 4:15
  11. "Wild Horses" (Bedingfield, Frampton, Wilkins) – 3:58

Bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Size Matters" (Bedingfield, Frampton, Kipner, Wilkins) – 3:23 (UK only bonus track)
  2. "Peace of Me" (Bedingfield, Kara DioGuardi, Pat Leonard) – 3:42 (UK only bonus track)
    • "Sojourn" (hidden track) (Bedingfield, O'Mahony, Keynes, Harwood) – 3:19
    Begins following Track 11 on international pressings, and Track 13 on UK pressings.

American & Japanese edition[edit]

  1. "These Words" (Bedingfield, Frampton, Kipner, Wilkins) – 3:38
  2. "Single" (Bedingfield, Frampton, Kipner, Wilkins) – 3:54
  3. "Unwritten" (Bedingfield, Brisebois, Rodrigues) – 4:18
  4. "Silent Movie" (Bedingfield, Chambers) – 3:45
  5. "Stumble" (Shelly Peiken, Greg Wells) – 3:36
  6. "Peace of Me" (Bedingfield, Kara DioGuardi, Pat Leonard) – 3:42
  7. "If You're Gonna ..." (Bedingfield, Frampton, Kipner, Wilkins) – 3:12
  8. "Drop Me in the Middle " (featuring Estelle) (Bedingfield, Brisebois, Rodrigues, Estelle Swaray) – 4:14
  9. "We're All Mad" (Bedingfield, Brisebois, Lashley) – 4:46
  10. "I Bruise Easily" (Bedingfield, Frampton, Herman, Wilkins) – 4:12
  11. "The One That Got Away" (Bedingfield, Frampton, Kipner, Michael Tafaro, Nathan Winkler) – 4:16
  12. "Size Matters" (Bedingfield, Frampton, Kipner, Wilkins) – 3:23
  13. "Wild Horses" (Bedingfield, Frampton, Wilkins) – 3:55
    • "Sojourn" (hidden track) (Bedingfield, O'Mahony, Keynes, Harwood) – 3:19
  • There is also a DualDisc of the American edition available, which features the music videos for "These Words" (U.S. 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.

American 2006 re-issue[edit]

  1. "These Words" (Manny Marroquin Mix) (Bedingfield, Frampton, Kipner, Wilkins) – 3:36
  2. "Single" (06' Mix) (Bedingfield, Frampton, Kipner, Wilkins) – 3:55
  3. "Unwritten" (Bedingfield, Brisebois, Rodrigues) – 4:15
  4. "Silent Movie" (Bedingfield, Chambers) – 3:47
  5. "I Bruise Easily" (Bedingfield, Frampton, Herman, Wilkins) – 4:13
  6. "If You're Gonna ..." (Bedingfield, Frampton, Kipner, Wilkins) – 3:20
  7. "Drop Me in the Middle " (featuring Estelle) (Bedingfield, Brisebois, Rodrigues, Estelle Swaray) – 3:43
  8. "Peace of Me" (Bedingfield, Kara DioGuardi, Pat Leonard) – 3:42
  9. "We're All Mad" (Bedingfield, Brisebois, Lashley) – 4:44
  10. "Stumble" (Shelly Peiken, Greg Wells) – 3:36
  11. "The One That Got Away" (Wamdue Pop Rocks Mix) (Bedingfield, Frampton, Kipner, Michael Tafaro, Nathan Winkler) – 4:56
  12. "Size Matters" (Bedingfield, Frampton, Kipner, Wilkins) – 3:25
  13. "Wild Horses" (Bedingfield, Frampton, Wilkins) – 3:58
    • "Sojourn" (hidden track) (Bedingfield, O'Mahony, Keynes, Harwood) – 3:19

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United Kingdom 6 September 2004 (2004-09-06)
United States 2 August 2005 (2005-08-02)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

Performance credits[edit]

  • Natasha Bedingfield - primary artist, vocals, background vocals
  • Keith Andes - keyboards
  • Dave Catlin-Birch - bass
  • Guy Chambers - guitar, keyboards
  • Justin Clayton - bass
  • Larry Corbett - cello
  • Keith Crouch - Hammond organ
  • Paul Gordon - keyboards
  • Nick Ingman - conductor
  • Patrick Leonard - keyboards
  • David Low - cello
  • Tim Pierce - guitar
  • Robbie Campos - guitar, keyboards
  • Michele Richards - violin
  • Josephina Vergara - violin
  • Greg Wells - bass, guitar, piano, drums
  • Joey Waronker drums
  • Danielle Brisebois - background vocals on "Unwritten"
  • Jessica Collins - background vocals on "Unwritten" and "Drop Me In The Middle"
  • Nikola Bedingfield - background vocals on "Unwritten" and "Drop Me In The Middle"
  • Ryan Collins - background vocals on "Unwritten"
  • J. Curtis - guitar
  • Nick Lashley - guitar, keyboards
  • Wayne Wilkins - piano, keyboards
  • Chris Brown - bass
  • Paul Herman - guitar
  • Wayne Rodrigues - keyboards, turntables
  • Andrew Frampton - guitar, keyboards
  • Simon Hill - drums
  • Andrew Duckles - viola
  • Tony Hodson - guitar
  • Paul Stanborough - guitar

Other credits[edit]

  • Steve Kipner - producer, vocal arrangements
  • Guy Chambers - producer
  • Joe Chiccarelli - engineer
  • John Hill - producer
  • Nick Ingman - string arrangements, string conductor
  • Patrick Leonard - programming, producer
  • Steve MacMillan - engineer
  • Herb Powers - mastering
  • Greg Wells - programming, producer
  • Gavyn Wright - string conductor
  • Danielle Brisebois - producer, vocal arrangements
  • Suzie Katayama - string contractor
  • Nick Lashley - producer, engineer
  • David Channing - digital editing
  • Michael Perfitt - engineer, digital editing
  • Ryan Freeland - engineer
  • James Cruz - mastering
  • Wayne Wilkins - programming, producer, engineer, vocal arrangements, string arrangements
  • Ian Cuttler - art direction
  • Richard Flack - producer, engineer, drum programming
  • Robbie Campos - vocal arrangements, string arrangements
  • Wayne Rodrigues - producer, engineer, digital editing, vocal arrangements, drum programming, Pro-Tools
  • Andrew Frampton - programming, producer, vocal arrangements, string arrangements
  • Michelle Holme - art direction
  • Kieron Menzies - engineer
  • Chris Steffen - engineer
  • Peter Wade Keusch - producer
  • Lee Groves - mixing programmer
  • Natasha Bedingfield - vocal arrangements, writer
  • Michael Tafaro - producer, vocal arrangements
  • Nathan Winkler - producer, vocal arrangements

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic review". 
  2. ^ "Rolling Stone review". 
  3. ^ Begrand, Adrien (2005-09-27). "Natasha Bedingfield: Unwritten". PopMatters. BUZZMEDIA Music. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  4. ^ Hollow, David (2005-09-06). "BBC - Music - Review of Natasha Bedingfield Unwritten". BBC. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  5. ^ Welsh, David (2004-09-06). "Natasha Bedingfield - Unwritten". musicOMH. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  6. ^ Are You Affected By Sony-BMG's Rootkit? (9 November 2005) from Electronic Frontier Foundation
  7. ^ "Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien.
  8. ^ "Natasha Bedingfield - Unwritten" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien.
  9. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  10. ^ "Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten". Mexicancharts.com. Hung Medien.
  11. ^ "Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien.
  12. ^ "Natasha Bedingfield | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company.
  13. ^ Ask Billboard 30 July 2007

External links[edit]

Preceded by
The Libertines by The Libertines
UK number one album
18 September 2004 – 24 September 2004
Succeeded by
Out of Nothing by Embrace