Thursday, October 21, 2010

Review: KT Tunstall's Tiger Suit

One of my favorite songs that we play in Under Shelter is KT Tunstall's Black Horse and the Cherry Tree. So when I was offered the opportunity by One2OneNetwork to review her third and newest album Tiger Suit, I was all over it. 

I think KT has a really fantastic sound. I love how gritty and raw her vocals are. She describes her sound as "nature-techno" and I think that's a pretty accurate depiction of much of this recording.

This is a solid rock album from front to back. It starts off with Uummannaq Song, opening with a fantastic, minimalist sound that carries through until the first verse, continuing to build through the rest of the song. It draws you in right from the beginning.

It moves on to the much more processed sounding Glamour Puss. Lots of distortion and a far more electronic sound. You then think that she's going to slow things down with Push That Knot Away, only to get a thumping kick drum. Again, a very minimalist sound. It has a "B" section at about 2 minutes, that is later integrated into the A section, making for some great tension in the end.

Lost starts as a beautiful ballad, continuing to build in intensity. Great lyrics on this one, and a real musical journey. This is probably my favorite track on the cd. The last track, The Entertainer, again has this intense ballad feel to it. There seems to be a lot of tension in KT's songs. Granted, not all of them. Some, like Come On, Get In and the first single from the album, Fade Like A Shadow, are just fun. But don't be surprised if there's an unsettled feeling in you listening to much of her music. 

This is a very solid album by KT. If you have liked her previous offerings, you won't be disappointed in this one. And if you're looking for a great female rocker, I would encourage you to check this out. 

Complete Track List:

  1. Uummannaq Song
  2. Glamour Puss
  3. Push That Knot Away
  4. Difficulty
  5. Fade Like a Shadow
  6. Lost
  7. Golden Frames
  8. Come On, Get In
  9. (Still A) Weirdo
  10. Madame Trudeax
  11. The Entertainer
KT is beginning her US tour on October 31. Check to see if she'll be coming to your town here. You can purchase the cd here.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the album as part of the One2One Network's review team. I am entered to win a gift card through One2One Network by participating. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest opinions of the product.

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