Pocketful of Sunshine



Infectious, inspiring, and clean pop songs.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Primarily positive messages about being true to oneself, staying optimistic during difficult times, and accepting your own physical imperfections ("A face without freckles is like a sky without stars").

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is an upbeat, uplifting, and completely clean album from the singer/songwriter who introduced us to the song "Unwritten," a catchy anthem about the world being an open book and the theme song for the popular MTV reality show The Hills). Not only is there nothing objectionable in these tracks, but there are some strong, positive messages about remaining true to oneself. Both Wal-Mart and iTunes offer bonus tracks online.

What's the story?

There are a lot of encouraging words among the playful pop songs on POCKETFUL OF SUNSHINE. In the title song, for instance, Bedingfield sings about having a secret reserve of positivity where "sticks and stones are never gonna shake me." That positivity permeates the lyrics throughout the album, whether she's singing about seeking a soul mate, growing up, or accepting imperfections.

Is it any good?


As always, Bedingfield's vocals are crisp, clear and strong, but she takes a decidedly more danceable turn on this album, infusing her pop sensibilities with some hip-hop flair. The result is a collection of infectious songs with refreshingly clean lyrics that alternately get you moving and make you think. The first single off the album, "Love Like This," is a sweet collaboration with modern reggae star Sean Kingston about love and how it wonderful it can be ("You're the only one that knows me/love it when you hold me/never find a love like this") -- and will definitely keep you swaying and smiling.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how it's normal for all people to be self-conscious of the way they look. Does it become easier with age to accept yourself and your imperfections? Why or why not? Can you imagine yourself or your friends without certain characteristics like freckles? How do those characteristics give them personality?

Music details

Artist:Natasha Bedingfield
Release date:January 22, 2008
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byOriginal April 17, 2011

This song can make you happy!

This song makes me happy when I'm not in a good mood
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old April 28, 2010

Love it!

Great music! Freckles is practically my life at elementary school and beyond in a nutshell. ^^
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Kid, 11 years old February 14, 2010

Perfect Song

This is a catchy song and no bad words are used so it is definitely a song for any playlist for any age.
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