Pocketful of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield was a surprising 2008 holiday list request from our eldest girl, so I looked into it briefly and decided to approve it - but with some hesitation.
Though Beningfield started out as a member of a Christian dance and electronic group in the 1990s, her current solo music represents more mature topics in the realm of romance and physical attraction, with some lighter subjects like sunshine and happiness.
Sunshine is the United States version of Bedingfield’s second album, originally titled N.B. for the international market, and was released on April 27, 2007. The US and Canadian versions kept only six tracks while adding others. This was an important factor in choosing to approve this for our nine year old, since the original album had a hit single entitled, “I Wanna Have Your Babies.”
The album received mixed reviews as well as mixed success, however the single of the same name made a resurgence in album sales when it was performed on American Idol. The album debuted at the number 3 spot in the Billboard 200 after selling 49,000 copies during its first week.
The cleaned up American version of the album made me a little more comfortable buying it, but her third and more recent album, entitled Strip Me, made me a bit more nervous. Luckily, our girl ultimately had some fun listening to Natasha Bedingfield for a while, but did not keep enough interest to request any additional albums from the artist. And that’s fine by me! Not only was I not happy about Ms. Bedingfield’s direction and influence over my child, I wasn’t looking forward to having that conversation with our girl.