KT Tunstall Drastic Fantastic

After giving us songs like "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” and "Suddenly I See,” selling almost four million copies of her debut album, Eye to the Telescope, and being nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, KT Tunstall has a lot to live up to. Luckily, Tunstall doesn’t seem to be the type to buckle under pressure. Her new record, Drastic Fantastic, delivers the catchy, hook-laden songs that fans have come to expect, but with a bit more subtlety than the aforementioned tracks. It sounds gritty rather than polished, but with obvious attention paid to detail. Along with Tunstall’s sometimes wispy, sometimes raspy vocals, you can hear her faintly plucking on a ukulele on "Funnyman” and playing the cello for the intro of "Hold On.” Drastic Fantastic is the kind of record that will replay in your head, and one that you’ll actually want to keep on repeat for days. (Relentless)