Kt Tunstall's Acoustic Extravaganza
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Interesting historical note - "Acousic Extravaganza" was the name that KT gave to the music nights she used to run in Edinburgh, when she was on her way up. And this recording is a return to a more natural, intimate style. And it lets her real tallent with a softer guitar playing style and voice come through.
One final note - the "parental advisory" only applies (as far as I can tell) to the first track, where one should indeed be advised. From track two on this is my five year old son's favourite bedtime music of the moment.
The songs have an almost jazzy feel to them, crossed with a bit of country and a bit of rock. And they all have plenty of feel... You know that KT means what she sings! There is a fantastic atmosphere to the album too - recorded as it was in someone's front room - which if you close your eyes makes you feel as if you are in a small smoky club and the artists are with you. This also gives the instruments just enough of a raw edge so that you know that they are actually being played as opposed to a machine doing the hard work. But the record does not sound under-produced because of this.
My only slight gripe is that at the start of a couple of songs they have left the sounds of the musicians chatting and getting ready to start the song. It is only for a couple of seconds on one or two of the tracks, and I suppose it was supposed to make the album sound even more acoustic. It was not necessary and comes across to me as a little pretentious.
The DVD is OK - it gives you a 20 minute insight into how the album was recorded. Quite interesting, but I would have liked to see a little more of the actual recording in progress.
But I can recommend this album to any true music enthusiast and anyone who enjoys quality music recorded by real artists.
Buy it, you will not be dissapointed.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fine album, and enjoyed the DVD, too. Warning fro those easily offended that the F word appears twice in the first track. Read morePublished 3 months ago by S. Bateman
This is my absolute favourite KT Tunstall album - I can put the DVD on any evening and it just cheers me up. Read morePublished 24 months ago by stephen
brilliant album, it feels like she's singing with her heart and soul, perfect soundtrack for a sunny afternoon, highly recommendedPublished on 6 Jun. 2014 by monica