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Best album I've heard for ages - KT does it again!,
This review is from: Kt Tunstall's Acoustic Extravaganza [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
Having been very impressed with KT Tunstall's debut album, Eye to the Telescope, I had high hopes for Acoustic Extravaganza - which were well easily surpassed.
You'll notice that "Miniature Disasters" and "Universe & U" also feature on this album, despite being on the first. The reason for this, according to the included DVD, is that it was originally only meant to be a recording session (as a filler between Eye to the Telescope and her next album - due Q2 2007) for some early before-she-was-famous songs and acoustic re-recordings, which was only to be available from the website. However, it quickly became an album due to the popularity and online demand. The only true new song is Ashes, with all others being B-sides and older songs, all re-done with an acoustic feel.
I've given a quick run-down of the 10 tracks:
01 - Ashes: My favourite track of the album with a fantastic melody and a relaxed but up-beat feel.
02 - Girl and the Ghost: Similar feel to Ashes and One Day. It's quite repetitive but very catchy.
03 - One Day: A moody and powerful track with strong double bass and vocals.
04 - Golden Age - Quite a slow and relaxed piece, which is a nice contrast to the first few more up-beat tracks.
05 - Boo Hoo: Get it free from the KT Tunstall official website and see what you think.
06 - Gone to the Dogs: Another slow track, quite similar to Heal Over from ETTT
07 - Change: A nice melody and typically acoustic track - very relaxing.
08 - Miniature Disasters: Although this was on her first album, the acoustic version is so much better with more percussion and a stronger beat.
09 - Universe & U: Virtually identical to the original `Eye to the Telescope' recording, just with less backing and stronger vocals.
10 - Throw me a Rope: A bit more Katie Melua than KT Tunstall unfortunately. A nice tune, but a bit bland for the final track.
It's unfortunate that Ashes includes 2 instances of swearing, which doesn't really add anything to the song, and also leads to the album being branded with "explicit lyrics."
Altogether, it's a fantastic album with plenty for everyone. It has a unique style and is definitely one of the best CDs I've heard for a long time!