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There’s nothing wrong with Natasha Bedingfield’s fourth album. Like chips in a mug, houseflies and indigestion, it’s just there, something you live with and eventually don’t even notice. Perhaps its most surprising moment occurs early in first song Kick It, when she seems to instruct us, “In the darkness that follows, like/ Do Idi Amin”. Of course, she’s not really singing about banging the Butcher Of Uganda, but one wishes she were. That would at least make this latest album more distinctive. Instead, Roll With Me is like Morcheeba without the charm, pep or hooks: it won’t affect your mood in any fashion at all. Given it’s her first in a decade, and Linda Perry’s producing, one might have expected more. But no: it’s textbook pop, if that textbook were Pop Music For Dummies. Everybody Come Together is too flatfooted to stride like the Bee Gees, with Bedingfield – born in Haywards Heath – rapping like she thinks she’s from the Bronx, and, on King Of The World, she approaches reggae like she’s auditioning for Sting’s role in The Police. I Feel You flaunts the obligatory gospel influence, but Can’t Let Go is more Chicken Supreme than Supremes. Still, there’s nothing wrong with Chicken Supreme either.

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