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A Great Album by KT,
This review is from: Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon (Audio CD)
I was a fan of KT Tunstall' first album, Eye to the Telescope, but I didn't find either of her next two nearly as good. While this album doesn't have the same folk-pop feel of her debut, I think it's miles better. She recorded this album in Arizona, and the country influences show through, and there isn't quite as much folk in this offering.
KT has said in interviews that the death of her father was a big influence, and it shows with a more sombre Tunstall over the opening few tracks. 'Invisible Empire' and 'Made of Glass' are both great tracks, with KT' voice right at the front carrying some lovely lyrics such as 'I wear a rusting crown, I know this dynasty is falling'. It's obvious from the opening tracks that this is a much deeper album.
As the name, Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon suggests, this is an album of two halves. While the first, Invisible Empire, deals with the death of her father, the second Crescent Moon, deals with the collapse of her marriage. The second half of the album has a different tone, one that deals less with mortality, and feels more reflective.
The stand out track from the second half is 'Feel it All'. The vocals on this track are just packed with emotion, and I feel this is probably KT' best tracks to date. The next track, 'Chimes' is a great collaboration with Howe Gleb. It feels so gentle and delicate and full of heartfelt emotion, as so much of this album is.
Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon is possibly Tunstall' best album yet, and I feel it's one that will age very well. I would love to see this performed in an intimate venue somewhere in the depths of Edinburgh' Old Town. A definite five star album.
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Initial post: 14 Jun 2013 15:52:32 BDT
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2013 16:29:24 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2013 18:27:40 BDT
SDB MELLONIE says:
Yep - very picky! Adds nowt to the review. Sprootie's review is spot on - don't try to get one upmanship just because you have written a review too...
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2013 00:46:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jun 2013 00:49:04 BDT
It's nothing about "one upmanship", it just bugged me, as a fan, that "Tunstall" was misspelled - it is her name, after all! Not as if I gave the review negative vote or anything, it was a small point.
Oh, and this discussion isn't supposed to add anything to the review, it's for feedback.
Posted on 15 Jun 2013 20:45:58 BDT
For the record, I think this is a great review, apart from the misspelling!
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2013 13:00:08 BDT
Cheers for noticing that, I really should be able to spell her name. I'm a bit embarrassed now. I owe you one.
Posted on 30 Aug 2013 08:56:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Sep 2013 16:37:26 BDT
FAT FROG says:
Yes, I totally agree - a lovely, clever album. I am just adding this bit now - it is a couple of weeks later and I have played it loads of times and love it even more. The unusual music, her voice, the words, they are all good. I like Yellow Flower the best.
Thank you K T, I waited a long time for this.
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