Released: Dec 2010
Natasha Bedingfield sounds positively vibrant on her third album, but Strip Me isn't exactly stripped. Instead, it's heavy with emotion and pumps with big, dramatic and often fascinating beats -- the excess of the '80s instead of the minimalist angle others are reviving. Bedingfield's gorgeous, muscular vocals -- gossamer here, rock 'n' roll squalling there -- soar over and through everything. The second half gets a little mired in quasi-adult contemporary, but first-half tracks like the pensively theatrical "All I Need" and the gut-punchingly pretty title track more than make up for it.