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Drastic Fantastic!

Joe here.

Drastic Fantastic, KT Tunstall's new album, is out on Tuesday (the 18th). The disc is more rockin' as a whole than her Eye to the Telescope, which was successful largely due to the two upbeat singles "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" and "Suddenly I See." Is it any surprise, then, that Drastic Fantastic should more resemble those than, say, "Heal Over" or the excellent "Through the Dark?"

Notably missing from this album are slower songs anywhere near the quality of those off of Eye to the Telescope or KT Tunstall's Acoustic Extravaganza. Although "Someday Soon" is quite good, it's nothing next to "Universe & U" or "Ashes" off of her previous discs. Interesting, though, are the songs that sound suspiciously as if they used to be soft songs that have been fed through the pop production filter. Witness "If Only" and "Saving My Face," both good songs but here produced as a kind of female rock-anthem instead of the quiter treatment that they seem to call for. I like this about them--they fit the album, and are still great songs--but a little more variety wouldn't have hurt. Maybe that's just me.

This is not to say that KT has "sold out" (am I the only one who needs scare quotes to say that?). Drastic is a sensible progression of her style--even the quiet songs of Telescope have that stomp-clap drive to them that is honed to a perfect pop beat in "Hold On," Drastic's first single. I may wish that this disc slowed down a little here and there, but what it does do, it does very well--you'll be bobbing your head throughout. I'm particularly fond of the folk-punk "I Don't Want You Now," the quiet-song-gone-a-rockin' "Saving My Face," and "Hold On." A tambourine always does rock-n-roll good.

So with all that having been said, I'm off to rock out with KT some more. Enjoy!

KT Tunstall - Hold On
KT Tunstall - Saving My Face

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