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Eye to the Telescope [Import]

KT TunstallAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)

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Singer-songwriter KT Tunstall‘s stunning new album Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon is her first release in the U.S. on Blue Note Records.

IECM represents both a return to the delicate simplicity of the multi-platinum artist’s early work and an evolution of her sound. IECM’s country-folk tinged undercurrents grew out of KT’s decision to travel to Tucson, Arizona ... Read more in Amazon's KT Tunstall Store

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  • Audio CD (January 25, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B0007A0GD4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,445 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Other Side of the World
2. Another Place to Fall
3. Under the Weather
4. Suddenly I See
5. Miniature Disasters
6. Silent Sea
7. Universe & U
8. False Alarm
9. Heal Over
10. Stoppin' the Love
11. Through the Dark
12. Black Horse & The Cherry Tree [Live][*]

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If the art of the female singer-songwriter revolves around coffee-table soliloquies then Eye to the Telescope--the debut album from Edinburgh-born chanteuse/guitarist KT Tunstall--is a pleasing mediation between the traditional demands of brooding egocentricity (espresso) and frothy commerciality (cappuccino). KT Tunstall has star quality. "Suddenly I See" is an effortlessly liberating pop fillip while, conversely, "False Alarm" redresses ABBA's "The Winner Takes It All" for losers who had nothing to lose to begin with. However, Tunstall isn't entirely convinced by the compromise ("I'm struggling to cater for the space I'm meant to fill" she sings) and "Miniature Disasters"--one of several strong numbers showcasing her aptitude for wrapping up pop tunes in either folky bluesiness or ponderous jazz--catalogues her desires for unfettered self-expression. The opening cut "Other Side Of The World" might sound like Dido without the giftwrapped grief (she's none too flattered with the comparisons) but Eye to the Telescope is spiritually closer to Carole King and Elvis Costello than Katie Melua. And that's no bad thing. --Kevin Maidment

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Import version features different artwork and track running order to the US version. KT Tunstall is a sparkling new songwriter with Chinese blood, a Scottish heart, great legwarmers & a cool name. KT celebrates classic singer-songwriting in the tradition of Rikki Lee Jones, Carol King & Fleetwood Mac with an articulate, accessible, immediate brew of rootsy sass, wistful quandary & after-hours atmosphere. The latest in a line of outstanding contemporary Scottish songwriters including Texas, Fran Healy, Teenage Fanclub & The Beta Band, KT's unique perspective offers a rare emotionally connecting intensity through it's gripping lyrical bite & heartfelt melody. Her debut album 'Eye To The Telescope' is the creative consequence of an inquiring imagination with production duties supplied by Steve Osborne (U2, New Order, Doves). EMI. 2004.

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133 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, some good music! September 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I am neither young nor hip. The music that today's kids listen to is grating on my ears. I have eclectic musical tastes, and listen to everything from classical, to jazz, to folk, to rock; but I can't stand hip hop, dance music, or Top-40 pop. Give me Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Stevie Ray Vaughn, or Pink Floyd. I have no use for Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, or Diddy. In other words, I want more from my music than a beat you can dance to and some sexy choreography. In order to get my attention, music must have some depth to it. I want substance; not just superficial flash.

KT Tunstall is the real deal. Unlike most young singers today, she's got actual musical talent. Her songs are lyrical and catchy. They have a way of getting under your skin. And she performs them perfectly. No dancing; no flashy costumes; nothing to distract you from the music -- KT Tunstall doesn't need any of that. She can sing. She can play. She can write songs. This isn't kiddie music (though she does seem to appeal to younger listeners as well as to those of us who are a bit more mature). It's good to know that someone as genuinely talented as KT Tunstall is getting recognition and commercial success in the world of popular music. Maybe we're finally starting to emerge out of the era of lame kiddie pop, hip hop, and dance music that began in the mid-1990s, and are entering a new era of quality music. (Probably not; but a guy can dream.) At the very least, I hope to hear more from KT Tunstall in the coming years.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough to categorize, but easy to love February 27, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I was spending a long time recently browsing through my local music store and found myself continually being drawn to the young lady singing on the sound system. Finally, I did something I seldom do: I went to the clerk and asked "Who IS this playing?" I thought it was either Fiona Apple or something new from former Sixpence None the Richer singer Leigh Nash.

I confess, I hadn't heard of KT Tunstall before, but I was very struck by her music. She's a little bit jazzy, a little folky, smooth and fiesty, acoustic-but-rocking ... I don't know what to call her music except great.

"Other Side of the World" is a funky, kicky leadoff track, and things don't slack off after that. "Another Place to Fall" rocks a bit in a crunchy granola kind of way. The plucky "Suddenly I See" is pretty much irresistable pop. The CD alternately soars and sighs, but never sinks or falters. It's really an amazingly mature and accomplished work from such a new, young artist.

Take Norah Jones, Nelly Furtado, Dido, Carol King, the aforementioned Nash and Apple, Sarah MacLaughlin, Bonnie Raitt, and, just for the heck of it, The Corrs, and put them all in a blender...or maybe a cappucino machine...shake and warm, and you might have something like KT Tunstall. And that's a good thing.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have faith in music again !!!! October 2, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Next to my wife, in my 48 years of life, music has been my passion. In recent times, its been very hard for me to find anything I like. The American music "powers to be" want to do nothing but shove hip hop, fluff & shallow "Pop Tarts" (Britney, Jessica Simpson, Paris Hilton & on & on & on.........) down our throats. FINALLY, after about 20 years, a breath of fresh air !!! I stumbled upon K T Tunstall channel surfing & came accross the tail end of her Soundstage concert televised on PBS about a month ago. I didn't know who she was at the time but was greatly impressed with the couple of songs I heard. I purchased the cd last week & by coincidence, heard she was coming to Buffalo last Friday (9-29-06). I listened to the CD & I couldn't believe my ears. This is the most talented artist to come along in ages. I can't get enough of this cd. The opening tune, "Other side of the world", is as beautiful of a song as your ever going to hear. The chord progressions & KT's sweet vocals send chills down my spine. The next tune, " Another place to fall", has a bit of an edge & shows another side of this multi talented artist. I'm not going to analyze each track, but they compliment each other well. The 2 more "up tempo" songs, "Black horse & the cherry tree" & "Suddenly I see", are excellent. Before I bought the cd, I read various reviews. I heard KT compared to Bonnie Raitt, Carole King, Melissa Etheridge among others. I was a little skeptical. I said to myself, no one can be THAT GOOD !!?? Well guess what, SHE IS. She's a genuine artist who pours everything she has into her music. A great writer, musician & most of all, singer. Oh, & I almost forgot, performer. My wife & I caught her show in Buffalo last week & it has to rank in the top 5 I've seen in my lifetime. Read more ›
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Year's Best New Talents May 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
One of 2005's most promising new talents is KT Tunstall, the fresh Scottish songstress who has made a big impression upon Radio 1 and Radio 2 listeners. Her brand of pop and rock music, with traces of folk, is something interesting amidst an ocean of bland R'n'B radio filler. Her debut album "Eye To The Telescope" is an impressive piece of work, but Miss Tunstall still needs to fully impress the public over here in Britain. She's been on a promotional blitz for this album, and it hasn't exactly sold amazingly well yet, but I think this album will be a slow burner throughout 2005 and will see KT achieve big success by the end of the year.

The album opens with the second single, the gorgeous "Other Side Of The World." This song has received a great reception and I hope it does really well on the charts. This is probably one of the strongest songs of the year so far, sounding a little bit like Dido - musically - and Fiona Apple - vocally. So as you can see, it's a melting pot of musical styles! "Another Place To Fall" shows that KT can rock with the best of them on a uptempo pop rock piece with a fiery chorus and punchy verses. The guitar is an ever-present force in this album, and this song showcases that. "Under The Weather" is the first ballad of the album, and it's almost lullaby in style. KT's vocals here are soft and lucious working wonderfully with the guitars and gentle humming in the background. A great song, very visual with images of water and submersion created in your mind. The song picks up pace towards the end. "Black Horse And The Cherry Tree" is the most well-known song from this album and was the first single KT ever released. This song really caught my attention because it's unlike anything else out there! There's elements of pop, rock, folk and perhaps even country.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great shipping time. Great cd
Published 1 month ago by Michelle R Brady
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
perfect
Published 2 months ago by noangel
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Purchased as a gift per request of recipient.
Published 2 months ago by Betty J Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite album by my favorite artist
This is my all time favorite and most frequented album. Every song is inspired and enchanting (often sassy as well), and holds an equally soothing and haunting quality about it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jms
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tunes
I've had this CD for a few years now and am just realizing I never reviewed it. I purchased because I like the Black Horse and Cherry Tree song that was on the radio years ago. Read more
Published 5 months ago by WiseGuy541
4.0 out of 5 stars EYE TO THE TELESCOPE cd/dvd.
I have been a big fan KT since I first heard her debut hit Horse And The Cherry Tree. I don't know why it took me so long to finally purchase it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mathew V. August
5.0 out of 5 stars SHE'S SO GOOD!
Love this woman. Her music is raw and emotion-filled! Her guitar efforts are fantastic! This CD arrived quickly and in great condition.
Published 8 months ago by Amazonia
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous album
great album from a young artist - speaks to many different topics. Deep, soulful, light, runs the spectrum. I really enjoyed it.
Published 9 months ago by Loretta Workman
2.0 out of 5 stars K.T.
Loved her first CD this one not so much. She seems to have dropped
off the map. Oh well win some loose some.
Published 10 months ago by THOMAS R. MONTGOMERY
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a Black Horse and a Cherry Tree
Yeah I know Black Horse & Cherry Tree is her most well known song but the whole album is littered with gems. Read more
Published 11 months ago by C. Sem
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