Monday, 30 November 2015

Daniel Bedingfield 'If You're Not The One'

Chart Peak: 1 [1 week]

Daniel has proved himself to be a lot more than just the UK garage artist he seemed to be on his debut smash 'Gotta Get Thru This'... His hit album also fuses smooth R'n'B, soul and classic pop as aptly demonstrated on this 2nd No.1 monster hit 'If You're Not The One'.
So we don't exactly rock into Disc 2 with this track, which was by Bedingfield's own admission an attempt to write a song that sounded like Westlife in the hope of attracting record company interest. The most positive thing I can say is that it worked: not only did he get his record deal but he pastiches Westlife so efficiently on his own it makes you wonder why there had to be five of them. The single was a big success by 2002-3 standards too; though it only lasted one week at the top in early December, it stayed around long enough to climb the chart on Valentine's Day.

I've seen it suggested that part of the reason it sold so well as the third single from an album was the more club-friendly Metro mix, although I didn't hear it at the time. Mainly Bedingfield seemed to to be an example of "when you're hot, you're hot": he scored hit after hit from the first album, then struggled with the second and I didn't even realise until now that he'd released a third one in 2012.

Also appearing on: Now 51, 53, 55, 56, 59
Available on: The Power of Love

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