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    KT Tunstall:

    Eye to the Telescope

    Tue, 07 Feb 2006 15:05:34

    Album Reviews: Eye to the Telescope by KT Tunstall

    Taking direct cues from Norah Jones' sultry mid-tempo delivery, KT Tunstall is a young Scottish vocalist whose debut album Eye to the Telescope has been out in the UK for over a year. The album has been successful in England, at one point reaching number three on the pop charts and ultimately being nominated for the 2005 Mercury Music Prize. Tunstall was also recently nominated for three Brit Awards. While Tunstall is positioned as a singer/songwriter, she only wrote half of the songs on the debut by herself, and her most potent asset is her emotive, soulful delivery.

    While the vocalist doesn't have a whole lot of range, the slightly melancholic tone of the album gives the music an emotional depth. Basic, folky rock, largely based on acoustic guitar, underlies her vocals throughout the album, and the pace never really gets beyond a gentle trot. Like Norah Jones, Tunstall possesses an atmospheric quality in her vocal delivery that makes her sound a bit more mature than her years. The music is wisely arranged to stay out of Tunstall's way, allowing the singer to explore the space and ultimately leaving the impression of a rich, young voice reaching for personal wisdom. Tunstall could really be one to watch. - Cory O'Malley

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