Natasha Bedingfield Unwritten (BMG) There is a gauntlet of obstacles that every burgeoning talent must overcome in order to graduate from attending the opening of envelopes to being the hot ticket item of the year. New Zealand native Natasha Bedingfield had her last name working for and against her when she started working the British circuit in order to promote herself as the next big thing. Older brother Daniel had already scored a number of successful hits there and had established himself as a pop name to watch. When her thumping debut single reached the airwaves, she proved she meant business. The aptly titled Single held on to the No3 spot. Her second single, These Words, proved a firm favourite, rocketing to No1 in the British charts, securing her status as local goddess. Bedingfield co-wrote all of the tracks on the 11-track Unwritten album which was released in early September. The album is infused with hip-hop, R&B and guitars. Bedingfield knows how to deliver a good vocal performance, but one can't help thinking that the voice belting from the mouth of this pretty blonde girl should belong to a seasoned black singer. However, this Karen Carpenter/Joss Stone syndrome is always somewhat refreshing in the music industry. The album is lyrically consistent, but Bedingfield will have to pick her next singles carefully. She has been on the receiving end of some prejudice; that her success was imminent because of her brother. However, while having a well-known last name can get your foot in the recording studio door, it doesn't always provide the hook from which to hang your platinum disc.