August 30, 2019 Natasha Bedingfield – Roll With Me (Album Review)
Internationally successful Singer and Songwriter Natasha Bedingfield returns with her new album Roll with Me on Friday, August 30th through We Are Heart/Universal Music.
Defined by music from an early age when she formed The DNA Algorithm with her siblings as a teen, Bedingfield would go on to top charts worldwide in 2004 with her debut solo album Unwritten. Following up in 2007 with the memorable hit “Pocketful of Sunshine,” and the more mature LP Strip Me in 2010, it has been a relatively quiet period in the form of new music from the UK-based artist since. Yes, she has been a part of soundtracks and contributed to other projects, but it has been nine years since Bedingfield last put out a new full-length album.
Calling on 4 Non Blondes’ Linda Perry to produce Roll with Me, it features fourteen new songs, eighteen for the special edition, and is a long overdue return for Bedingfield. As mentioned she has been quite active in various capacities since Strip Me, however nearly a decade in between albums is an awful long time, and unfortunately many have a very short memory. That said, Bedingfield’s approach to Roll With Me is enough to strike the interest of her elder fans and perhaps even turn on some new listeners.
Naturally Bedingfield’s approach to the music is even more mature than we last heard; no longer the twentysomething people remember, she is young woman at thirty-seven years of age and a mother, as well. Utilizing life experience she brings something that is bright yet raw and honest at the same time. This is evident with the album’s lead single “Roller Skate,” which has a perfect summer fun feeling and addictive beat. A good introduction to Bedingfield 2019 as most of these songs spread positive vibes, such as the fast, catchy “Kick It” or the more thought-provoking “I Can Feel You.”
Bringing even more appeal, “Everybody Come Together” sees Bedingfield team up with New York-based Rapper/Singer Angel Haze to create a beautiful duet. This is while the mood remains light for other cuts such as the Reggae-styled “King of the World,” modern day Pop radio ready “It Could Be Love,” and jazzy “Sweet Nothing.” Beyond this, for those looking for something a little more refined, there are songs like “I Feel You” and “No Man I See” that offset the guitar-driven groove of “Real Love.”
Overall, this album is very playful and fun rather than overly serious and melancholic; with very addictive beats most of the songs are very danceable, easy going, and smooth. Matched with Bedingfield’s voice, which is easy on the ear, she sings each piece with ease. In fact, her voice is the true shining point of the album because even with electronic beats, each track sounds honest and pure. That in mind, those looking for an even more stripped down version, check out the bonus tracks of the special edition album that include acoustic renditions of “Roller Skate,” “Kick It,” “Everybody Come Together,” and “King of the World.”
Talking about the good times as well as rougher times, regardless of how tough the topic, Bedingfield’s Roll with Me offers a sense of hope and strength to carry on. A nice change of pace from all the heaviness in the world that comes with the bad news everyone is surrounded by on a daily basis, Cryptic Rock gives this comeback album 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Natasha Bedingfield 2019 fall tour of North America:
Oct. 12 – Biloxi, MS – IP Casino Resort and Spa
Oct. 14 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theater
Oct. 15 – Boston, MA – The Wilbur Theatre
Oct. 16 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Oct. 17 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Oct. 19 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
Oct. 21 – Chicago, IL – Park West
Oct. 22 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
Oct. 24 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
Oct. 25 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Commonwealth Room
Oct. 28 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
Oct. 29 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
Oct. 30 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
Nov. 1 – Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Nov. 3 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
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