EMI – 2004 – 47 minutes
Scottish native KT (text-speak for Kate) Tunstall's first album is a confident and diverse mix that's sure to be one of the talking points of the year.
There are some really memorable lyrics here ("I wish it were simple/But we give up easily/You're close enough to see that/You're the other side of the world to me"), with opening track 'Other Side of the World' setting the scene for a lyrically mature album. 'Stoppin' the Love' and 'Through the Dark' are particularly emotive, with Tunstall's vocal versatility creating some beautiful sounds.
Tunstall is very at home in ballad territory as well as with the rock chick scene. She sounds a little like Dido at times, but she's got several voices, which makes her vocally superior to Dido.
Her style is very eclectic too; plenty of rock, with hints of folk on 'Heal Over' and a good smattering of bluesy tones. But despite this versatility of sound and style, there's a little too much similarity through the middle part of the album. The songs do sound great still, but you can't but feel let down after such a promising beginning.
All in all, 'Eye to the Telescope' is a promising debut. If she can harness that diversity, Tunstall should do very well.
Tracklisting: Other Side of the World – Another Place to Fall – Under the Weather – Suddenly I See – Miniature Disasters – Silent Sea – Universe & U – False Alarm – Heal Over – Stoppin' the Love – Through the Dark – Black Horse and the Cherry Tree (bonus live track)