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K. T. - Kinda Tedious
on 23 January 2015
Sometimes I'm so dim, I scare even myself. Having heard good things about K T Tunstall's debut "Eye to the Telescope", especially already being a fan of Michelle Branch, who seemed to be in a similar vein, I was intrigued. Even more so upon hearing that the album was in the running for the Mercury Music prize which had previously welcomed the likes of the Darkness' "Permission to Land", an album I like.
At the same time, I was quite taken by a song at the end of the BT Yahoo adverts. I didn't know who performed it, but I was quite keen to find out, as it sounded really good. It wasn't until I saw this album on the shelf with a sticker on the front saying that it featured "Suddenly I See", which it seemed likely that the BT song could be called, to judge by the lyrics. It was too noisy in the shop to hear the penny dropping, but that's precisely what happened.
So, several months after a lot of people had decided this was a good album, it was time for me to decide if I agreed. Having been both greatly rewarded and severely punished for impulse buys in the past, experience wasn't enough to put me off buying this one on the back of a couple of good reviews and an enjoyable snippet of song.
After being swayed into buying the album thanks to "Suddenly I See", I can't help but feel a little let down by what I ended up with. However, if you're into gentle acoustic pop with a slight folk edge, such as the likes of Lene Marlin or the Corrs, you may find you enjoy this very much.
It's very much middle of the road listening, almost like a newer version of something like Sheryl Crow. It's the kind of album that can only be listened to as background music to some other activity, rather than as something to concentrate on, as it simply isn't strong enough to capture your attention. It's the kind of album you could only play at a party if most of the people there have both their legs in casts and can't dance, otherwise you're likely to upset people who would like to have a bit of fun.
I'm not going to say this is a bad album on its own merits, as Tunstall has a good eye for a quirky lyric and the songs are nicely put together acoustic pop ballads for the most part, even if the sheer number of them makes the album start to get very repetitive before too long. But it just isn't the kind of thing I would normally listen to and the early promise that the singles "Suddenly I See" and "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" seemed to be making went unfulfilled, which was a let down for me personally.
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