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  • Audio CD (10 Sept. 2007)
  • Special Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Colour, Special Edition
  • Label: Relentless
  • ASIN: B000RMQG3G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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Bonus DVD Includes 1 hour documentary featuring;
-Exclusive performances of the Jackson 5's 'I Want You Back' and Chaka Khan's ''Aint Nobody'
- Behind the scenes footage of 'Hold On' video shoot
- Acoustic performances of new tracks from the album around a campfire
- An interview with the illustrator of the 'Drastic Fantastic' artwork
- Exclusive photo gallery.

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As the sleeve of Drastic Fantastic, a shot of a wildly posing Kate Tunstall, suggests, the Scot never expected to find herself following up a multi-million selling debut. But her second official album, again produced by Steve Osborne, is an impressive piece of work, edgy enough to please those who delighted in her gleeful live shows yet suitably smooth for fans recruited via radio play. Unsurprisingly some of the songs on Drastic Fantastic is can be read as musings on fame, notably the catchy first single "Hold On" and the cleverly constructed Sixties-style pop of "Hopeless". Elsewhere "White Bird" is haunting and downbeat, while the propulsive "folk-punk" (her phrase) of "I Don’t Want You Now" is apparently intended as a musical tribute to Tunstall’s obvious precursor, the late Kirsty MacColl. The excellent ‘Saving My Face’ welds a moody stadium rocker to a chord progression familiar from the chorus of Slade’s timeless "Cum on Feel the Noize", a neat trick which pretty much encapsulates Tunstall’s ability to combine the fragile and hearty in equal measures. By the time the understated, quietly epic "Beauty of Uncertainty" and the accordion-led "Paper Aeroplane", a quirky folk song not miles from her erstwhile comrades in Scotland’s amorphous Fence Collective, bring proceedings to a close, the listener’s relief is palpable. Making an intelligent, radio-friendly pop album with a real heart is difficult enough once, but managing the trick again proves her talent is genuine. --Steve Jelbert

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Format: Audio CD
Before i review this album id like to put across my point on previews that people constantly feel the need to give on here. Now last time i looked amazon offered you the option to 'Review' not preview. Please try and refrain from previewing until you've heard/watched/played your purchase!!!
I doubt this will happen though, maybe amazon can disable the option to 'review' until after the release of a product to crack down on this annoyance???

anyways unlike the people below me (when they 'previewed' at least), i own a copy of this album and have listened to it in full. novel eh?

anyways, i like this album, i ordered it purely on the basis of her first album and her new single 'hold on'.
its always a risk of course but i can honestly say im not disappointed.

I like the reworking of 'little favours' which was a b-side on a single from her first album, i forget which. here its laden with electric guitar and vocal overlays.
'white bird' the promoted song on amazon is possibly my favourite track, one of the more laid back songs on the album, which in the most part is very energetic.
The new single 'hold on' is, as expected, the most catchy song on the album and a good first single.

In review there isnt a bad track on this album and if you loved her first album i think you'll honestly like this one aswell, its a fun listen, with plenty of energy, and has a quicker pace than ETTT, but it winds down nicely with a few slower numbers. It shows good progression from KT, but its still classic Tunstall. Is it better than ETTT??? Id say potentially. One things for sure, its worth purchasing.
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K T Tunstall came to my attention when she first appeared on Later with Jools Holland in 2004 which prompted me and many others to go out and buy her debut album Eye To The Telescope.

This album (that difficult 2nd album) follows on well and the styles of songs vary from Bonnie Raitt to Edie Brickell. But that's ok, I like Bonnie Ratt and Edie Brickell.

Little Favours
Here's the Bonnie Raitt number, uninhibited fun and I reckon this should have been the first single.

If Only
Musically complex and beginning the transition toward Edie this tells of what the French call "l'esprit d'escalier" - the spirit of the stairs. We all know what we should have said in restrospect!

White Bird
A deceptively simple song with multi-tracked voice and a layered sound that is easy on the ears.

Funnyman
As the intro plays to this I hear Viv Stanshall saying "and now... Distorted Guitar". Upbeat and pleasing to the ear. Superb stuff.

Hold On
The actual first single, probably because it's the most like her breakthrough single, "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree". In fact it's almost a clone. Still enjoyable though.

Hopeless
You can see the video for this, as she saunters down a lonely road, perhaps near a cliffs edge. This is almost Richard Thompson in quality. A pleasure.

I Don't Want You Now
And now, Paul Weller! Well, I don't know if he's on the track, but he should be. A Jam track with a female vocalist? Works for me.

Saving My Face
Carole King would have been proud of this song. Another facet of KT, a nice little ditty. Not memorable ... yet.

Beauty of Uncertainty
Here comes Edie. Pleasant but less than memorable

Someday Soon
Much more Edie.
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By B. Wright VINE VOICE on 13 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a very good album. Okay, it's not quite up to the standards of Eye to the Telescope, but at least she's trying to evolve with her sound a little.

There are fewer of the acoustic, introspective tracks of her debut, and a more upbeat, electric sound. Having said that, there are still acoustic numbers here. My personal favourites are the upbeat 'Hopeless', the single, and 'Saving My Face'.

If you enjoyed her debut album, or even the Acoustic Extravanganza, then you'll probably like this one too. KT's songwriting is still strong, and rather than resting on her laurels she is trying something different (admittedly, not too different), which is commendable. I'd give it 3.5 stars.
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Like most KT fans, I awaited this with nerves more than anything else! I LOVED Eye To The Telescope and wasn't sure how she could better it. So on first listen, I expected to be disappointed and I almost was until I realised that I loved ETTT because I've listened to it solidly for months on end whereas this was a first listen of an album that has undoubtedly gone in a new direction. Being able to listen to her voice endlessly means this has been on repeat since I bought it and every single track has grown on me and I love it as much as the first one! There are clearly new influences on here, both 'White Bird' and 'Beauty of Uncertainty' go in a chillout sort of direction whereas there is a lot of much poppier stuff on here too. That said, the nuances of the music itself; discordant chord sequences, unusual vocal lines and a different style of singing from KT herself all mean that these poppier songs do not go down the throwaway route. The rawness of her voice does not come out so much on this album but the slightly sweeter sound she has gained is a pleasant enough substitute, especially in duet with Willy Mason on the backing vocals for 'Hopeless'. Overall, I think this album is more of a grower than the immediate impact of ETTT but those who give it a chance will definitely not be disappointed.
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