Am I sick in the head? I really like that Natasha Bedingfield song!

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'These Words' or something I think it's called. I guess I should be hating on this kind of stuff: Over-phrasing, on-the-nose lyrics, obvious production. But there's someting about the beat, the melody, the blatantly synth violins which are almost as blatant as the "I love you, I love you, I love you" chanting. I like this. Please tell me that I am not insane. Or that I am.

Jay Kid (Jay K), Monday, 1 November 2004 11:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

you're not nuts, it's good. maybe great. but i don't need to hear it anymore than i do already on the radio.

m. (mitchlnw), Monday, 1 November 2004 12:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the song totally clicked with me after i saw the video. very summery, pretty, girly. kinda nelly furtado-ish (who i also like).

lydia, Monday, 1 November 2004 12:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

hornby probably likes it too, sadly.

m. (mitchlnw), Monday, 1 November 2004 12:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

That's right it is VERY Furtado-ish, it could almost be a cover. Something about her phrasing and the healthy sound.

Jay Kid (Jay K), Monday, 1 November 2004 13:01 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Her album isn't too bad, really. The title track, next single, apart from a slightly draggy faux-gospelly break in the middle, is extremely catchy.

Not enough oomph, though. "I'm A Bomb" is great though.

edward o (edwardo), Monday, 1 November 2004 13:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

she'll never break America now...

Freelance Hiveminder (blueski), Monday, 1 November 2004 13:30 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

lydia OTM. Before the video, I found it halway between annoying and bland. Now I just find it bland.

Johnney B (Johnney B), Monday, 1 November 2004 13:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

what is it, exactly, that places this song on the right side of the fence, and that joss stone song on the wrong side? i'm curious, as i am really surprised that i like this.

Jay Kid (Jay K), Monday, 1 November 2004 13:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The title track, next single, apart from a slightly draggy faux-gospelly break in the middle, is extremely catchy.

It's also a complete note-for-note rip-off of "You Learn" by Alanis Morissette.

Jay Kid otm, the song should be a clunker - she bellows, she's too strident, none of the instrumentation coheres even remotely - but it ends up as a very endearing mess.

She always sounds a bit out-of-breath, no? Almost as if she's been running to the studio.

The Lex (The Lex), Monday, 1 November 2004 14:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i prefer the Joss Stone song myself (assuming you're talking about 'you had me')

Freelance Hiveminder (blueski), Monday, 1 November 2004 14:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i'm not sure what it's called "you're digging on me" or something?

Jay Kid (Jay K), Monday, 1 November 2004 14:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It's also a complete note-for-note rip-off of "You Learn" by Alanis Morissette.

I can't hear this at all. And I even OWN that ALanis album. Yes, really.

edward o (edwardo), Monday, 1 November 2004 14:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

no, dont like you had me at all. joss stone's voice just cant do angsty.

n. bedingfield's vocal on These Words is very endearingly passionate.

lydia, Monday, 1 November 2004 14:12 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Me and a friend were singing "You Learn" over the top on Friday when Natasha was on TOTP, and it totally fit. And we weren't that drunk!

(xpost)

Joss Stone's songs are uber-produced, "These Words" is all over the place.

The Lex (The Lex), Monday, 1 November 2004 14:15 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

You'd have to be singing You Learn at at least twice its normal speed. You must have been somewhat drunk, surely? I'm trying it right now (well, not loudly, housemates sleeping) and I can't ake it fit at all.

edward o (edwardo), Monday, 1 November 2004 14:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"Very mildly endearing mess" does it for me. I infinitely prefer N.Bed to Joss.

B.A.R.M.S. (Barima), Monday, 1 November 2004 14:26 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
i'm completely in love with this song right now.

toby (tsg20), Monday, 7 February 2005 17:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
Don't know if this is just hitting the US, but I heard it last night for the first time. I'm in love....with her, her shoes and the song.

Lupton Pitman (Chris V), Tuesday, 21 June 2005 08:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

from my heart flown...

g e o f f (gcannon), Tuesday, 21 June 2005 09:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
She's pretty, but this song makes me want to cut my ears off.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Saturday, 23 July 2005 10:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The "I love you, I love you, I love you" bit makes me think of the (brilliant) ending of one of my favourite novels. Which is probably a bad thing overall, because apart from that the song is annoyingly bad-but-catchy.

Forest Pines (ForestPines), Saturday, 23 July 2005 13:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

this is such an awesome song.

sean gramophone (Sean M), Saturday, 23 July 2005 13:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It's like Pink meets Robbie Williams. I don't need that.

miccio (miccio), Saturday, 23 July 2005 13:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

What's the song about brusing easily with her dressed up as a geisha in the video clip? I heard/saw it once and really liked it.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Saturday, 23 July 2005 14:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Doesn't speak to me at all and the moment where she says "Read some Byron, Shelley and Keats/recited over a HIP/HOP/BEAT" makes me wanna kill.

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Saturday, 23 July 2005 14:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

TS: Byron, Shelley and Keats recited over a hip-hop beat vs. Che Guevara and DeBussy to a disco beat

miccio (miccio), Saturday, 23 July 2005 14:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

vs. Dipset and Mike Jones over gamelan.

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Saturday, 23 July 2005 14:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It's like Pink meets Robbie Williams. I don't need that.

But some of us do. Lyrics are cheesy, but swoopiness of chorus mixed with surprisingly loud beat makes it so good.

Hillary Brown (Hillary Brown), Monday, 25 July 2005 13:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Doesn't speak to me at all and the moment where she says "Read some Byron, Shelley and Keats/recited over a HIP/HOP/BEAT" makes me wanna kill.

Amen.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 25 July 2005 13:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

What's the song about brusing easily with her dressed up as a geisha in the video clip? I heard/saw it once and really liked it.

'I Bruise Eas(il)y'.

BARMS, Monday, 25 July 2005 13:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"TS: Byron, Shelley and Keats recited over a hip-hop beat vs. Che Guevara and DeBussy to a disco beat."

Heh. Now if Tennant-Lowe had composed Natasha a Liza-Dusty-Patsy worthy song...

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Monday, 25 July 2005 13:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I saw the video this morning. UK GO HOME.

miccio (miccio), Monday, 25 July 2005 15:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Then there's the fact she pronounces hyperbole as hyperbowl. Blargh. Nelly Furtado was annoying the first time round.

Deluxe (Damian), Monday, 25 July 2005 22:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Apparently she recorded a new video for the US market. The original featured her doing some scratching with cucumber slices. Possibly not a reference to DJ Cucumber Slice.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 25 July 2005 22:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i just heard this song on the radio. i thought it sounded like pink or nelly furtado, but it was catchy as fuck.

i must hear this again.

reo, Thursday, 4 August 2005 05:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Am I the only person with a wicked hatred of songs that mention writing the song? This extends to songs about performing as well, or generally songs about musicians in general. Derail.

soultr0n, Thursday, 4 August 2005 06:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

This is hitting huge in the U.S. now. Rapidly ascending the Top 40, and newly added to NYC's current-pop-hits station. I can't get behind its clunky production, though the Nelly Furtado comparison is spot on.

Joseph McCombs (Joseph McCombs), Thursday, 4 August 2005 15:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

P.S. The "I love you I love you I love you" thing reminds me of Stevie Wonder's "Knocks Me Off My Feet," only less effectively so.

Joseph McCombs (Joseph McCombs), Thursday, 4 August 2005 15:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It was co-opted in the UK for a furniture company called "DFS", which I'm sure you can fairly easily imagine how those three letters fit into the song.

It made me wish that a) there was an 'S' chord and b) the chords to that part of the song were actually D-F-S.

tissp! (the impossible shortest specia), Thursday, 4 August 2005 15:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

This is brilliant. It perfectly captures the stress, the self-doubt, .. pretty much every facet of the labour of love that is songwriting. And she's got a great voice. Best pop single I've heard in eons.

The Brainwasher (Twilight), Sunday, 7 August 2005 02:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Okay I may have over-reacted a tad, but it's a great tune.

The Brainwasher (Twilight), Sunday, 7 August 2005 03:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I heard it today at my daughter's kiddie gym, and remembered I heard it months ago and loved it then. And I still love it. Very sweet song, and perhaps brilliant. So what's the deal? Was this an '04 song, or is it '05? Why is it suddenly getting played in America? Is it on some soundtrack?

Josh in Chicago (Josh in Chicago), Tuesday, 9 August 2005 03:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The video is starting to gets lots of US airplay. On VH1 and other channels as well.

steve-k, Tuesday, 9 August 2005 03:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I don't have cable. But it made me stop what I was doing and listen (at least until my daughter screeched like a dinosaur and demanded to be held upright so she could "walk" around the play gym some more).

I find something hypnotic and touching about the song. It's the polar opposite of "Are You That Somebody?" but something about it has grabbed onto me the same way.

Maybe tomorrow, I will hate it. But today, it's lovely.

Josh in Chicago (Josh in Chicago), Tuesday, 9 August 2005 03:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Why is it suddenly getting played in America? Is it on some soundtrack?

At a rough stab in the dark, I'm guessing the label didn't want to send it over to the states whilst Tash Bedders didn't have the time to promote it properly. She's on the traditional Busted/Robbie Williams/Lostprophets "time off to break America" excursion over here anyway.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Tuesday, 9 August 2005 09:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I liked this one when it was on the radio!!!! The lyrics about how hard it is to write lyrics!!!! And because it's hard, the lyrics are clunky and any old crap is chucked in to fill up the verses!!!!! And they admit it!!!!! And it doesn't matter, because that's the way it supposed to be anyway!!!!! And therefore it's both a brilliant description and illustration of the subject matter!!!!!

Oh, and the tune's quite catchy as well.

Old Fart!!! (oldfart_sd), Tuesday, 9 August 2005 10:15 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

DUN DUN DUH

Jarlr'mai (jarlrmai), Tuesday, 9 August 2005 12:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

http://www.nndb.com/people/875/000062689/kim-wilde-sized.jpg

zappi (joni), Tuesday, 9 August 2005 12:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Woooh-boy, that new single of her's ain't too pretty.

Dom Passantino, Wednesday, 7 March 2007 21:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I would still hit it like I was beating a rug.

Noodle Vague, Wednesday, 7 March 2007 22:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

...said brother Daniel.

Dom Passantino, Wednesday, 7 March 2007 22:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

That would explain those strange faces he pulls.

Noodle Vague, Wednesday, 7 March 2007 22:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Am I the only one who hasn't admitted til now that he really, really, likes "Unwritten"?

The Reverend, Wednesday, 7 March 2007 22:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I might have missed this being mentioned above , but one of the songwriters for "These Words" (and the main guy behind Bedingfield) is Steve Kipner (also partly responsible for "Physical", "Genie In A Bottle") who's one of my heroes from the 60's and 70's (back when he was doing fake Bee Gees stuff). Not surprising that his new protege would be somewhat interesting...

dlp9001, Thursday, 8 March 2007 01:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

'these words' oh how i LOVED that song.

pisces, Thursday, 8 March 2007 12:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

BABIES BABIES BABIES BABIES BABIES BABIES

lex pretend, Thursday, 8 March 2007 12:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i really like the new one. this has shocked me.

grimly fiendish, Thursday, 8 March 2007 16:13 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Did this single get rereleased? I definitely heard it on MTV a good two years ago. Her brother is still better though...for doing a cover of Peter Gunn on his album.

catblender, Thursday, 8 March 2007 16:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink

SPRINGING OUT LIKE DAISIES

lex pretend, Thursday, 8 March 2007 19:20 (eleven years ago) Permalink

this single = w.t.F??!

fandango, Monday, 12 March 2007 18:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

That's a way to put it.

The Reverend, Monday, 12 March 2007 20:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

It's kind of awesomely overdone... Gwen Stefani watch your back!

fandango, Monday, 12 March 2007 20:25 (eleven years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

"Not Givin' Up" is great! I can't wait to hear the rest of this album.

Tape Store, Monday, 23 July 2007 02:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Didn't know it was the same writer as "Genie In a Bottle", which is still the only decent single ever released by Christina Aguilera.

Geir Hongro, Monday, 23 July 2007 10:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I completely forgot she existed!

marmotwolof, Monday, 23 July 2007 11:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

love her

cutty, Monday, 23 July 2007 12:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

oh Geir

HI DERE, Monday, 23 July 2007 12:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"not givin up" is motorik

cutty, Monday, 23 July 2007 12:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

<3

Tape Store, Sunday, 23 September 2007 18:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Not Givin' Up" should be in my top singles of 2007 list. It's starting to surpass "Babies."

Tape Store, Sunday, 23 September 2007 19:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

This is so funny. I was planning to start a thread with a title like this, but about this song, which I seem to hear every time I'm in a convenience store or sandwich shop.

Eazy, Friday, 6 March 2009 22:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

FEEL THE RAIN ON YOUUUR SKIN

Never unhappy to hear this pop up in any grocery or thrift store. Just my kind of glossy summer cheese.

Doctor Casino, Friday, 18 January 2013 19:06 (five years ago) Permalink

three years pass...
two years pass...

Hray, I don't remember those songs at all!

Mark G, Saturday, 7 July 2018 08:36 (two months ago) Permalink

No memory of either of those. "These Words" still great though.

dorsalstop, Saturday, 7 July 2018 10:55 (two months ago) Permalink

HYPER-BOWL still makes me lol

Fox News' Chad Pergram contributed to this report (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 7 July 2018 10:56 (two months ago) Permalink

I only know Pocketful of Sunshine because I played those Dance Dance Revolution games and Natasha Bedingfield mustve had some contract with them because every edition of the game had some shitty NBeds song on it

kinder, Saturday, 7 July 2018 15:07 (two months ago) Permalink

I only know it from Easy A. It's classic for that.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Saturday, 7 July 2018 15:25 (two months ago) Permalink


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