Natasha Bedingfield was arguably the pop industry's biggest success of 2004, capped off with her debut album being certified double platinum and gaining four Brit Award nominations. Although she's undoubtedly pleasing on the eye few can deny that Miss Bedingfield's plaudits have all been earned due to her singing ability.
I Bruise Easily is much more melodic than any of her previous singles, graced with a gentle strings arrangement the track is deceptively emotive. It begins awkwardly with the vocals seemingly out of sync with the melody but as soon as the plot is revealed the song works on all sorts of levels.
It is a pre-emptive love song, pleading for gentle conduct and despite showing the ups and downs of relationships it takes a possibly unintentional negative stance towards falling in love. Although without any deep analysis of the lyrics the end product is an ear-pleasing four minutes of gentle music.