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Natasha Bedingfield - Strip Me (Album Review)

Thursday, 10 March 2011 Written by Sophie Monk
Natasha Bedingfield - Strip Me (Album Review)

Natasha became an instant star and role model to thousands of young girls, including myself, when she first released her album 'Unwritten', which, deservingly reached number one in the UK album charts in 2004. After the success of her singles 'Unwritten', 'Single' and the beautifully boho 'These Words', she was all set to show the world what else she could do. 

Which is why I was ever so slightly disappointed by her second album, 'NB', as I'm sure, I wasn't the only one. Yes, 'I Wanna Have Your Babies' was catchy, fun and very tongue in cheek, but it was a strange direction to take after having her fans get to know her as a feisty, independent, 'single' woman. But as they say, change is good...

Which is why it was such a relief to hear that she'd changed her ways and reverted back to the fun, independent, bubbly Natasha we all knew and loved 7 years ago. 

I'm of course referring to her newest album, 'Strip Me', released 7th December 2010 in the States. This album is thoughtfully created by putting together a collection of 13 fresh, fun and totally written-from-the-heart tracks, making it the perfect soundtrack for a lazy afternoon chilling out, cleaning your room, finishing off coursework, etc.

Although, what with current popular 'stars' such as the 'arty' Lady GaGa and 'oh na na'  Rihanna, it's rare to hear artists such as Natasha Bedingfield being played on the radio, in shops, in passing cars... but thankfully, there are still those normal, independent people out there, who still enjoy real, soulful music, and would gladly listen to their favorite childhood artists' new CD on youtube, itunes, etc,  rather than just follow the trends and download whatever they're being told is 'cool' at that moment in time.

I suppose that, in a sense, you could say that the loss of meaning in the majority of today's 'best' songs, only makes it even more of a treat listening to an album such as Natasha's 'Strip Me'. As I said earlier, change is good. And what could be nicer than getting a break from the dull, cloned, auto-tuned 'music' we have floating around the charts nowadays? 

This album genuinely is a little burst of sunshine. 'Neon Lights' is one of the many tracks which really shows off Natasha's sensational, natural voice; no auto-tune needed! And as for 'Strip Me' (featured on the trailer for the US film 'Morning Glory'... It's one of the most feel good songs I've heard in a long long time. 

Basically, if you haven't already listened to this superb album from one of the UK's most naturally talented singers... why not!? Get onto YouTube now & have a listen. I guarentee you will feel so much better for it!

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