Drastic Fantastic review by KT Tunstall

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  • Released: Sep 18, 2007
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.8 (45 votes)
KT Tunstall: Drastic Fantastic
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Sound — 10
This album has more than a band sound, then the last album of her. This is important to know because the last album can be characterized as lo-fi and acoustic but this one can be characterized as folk-pop. Remember, this album is reflecting her drastic time and has some aspect of the "original KT" but to say the least, this album is 90 percent diff. from the last. "White Bird", nevermind the name sounds like Blackbird (The Beatles), but I guess is the satan of blackbird by the beatles. I can hear a lot of The Cure from this, the Jam. Listen to the song "I Don't Want You Now". The main chords in the song sound just like "That's Entertainment" by The Jam, but it's all good KT, I still love it.

Lyrics — 9
Lyrics are top notched compare to artists like her these days. I'm American so I hear a lot of American music but KT definitely fits in the current British music scene that's making it big around the world today. This is why I like Brit music these days. The lyrics are haunting at times, and at times very spontaneous, KT's singing style is very tough and gaunt, on this album, these two aspects are most apparent.

Overall Impression — 8
This album is way more different then the last one from KT. It has a more rock sound to it. The last album are full of lullaby songs, very softly crafted. I think because of KT finding her ground with her band and performing with them more, Drastic Fantastic has that touch, that touch of live performing. "Hopeless", "Funnyman", and "White Bird", "Saving My Face", "Hold On" are all amazing songs. I love the story of the songs, they are very intrigueing and captivate you into them, espeically when they match the sounds. If it were stolen, I would definitely do anything to buy it again.

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    red157
    kristakaybe wrote: Wow- I love how so many people post their comments on here like they know everything about music. First of all, defining KT in one genre (like pop) is utterly ridiculous. If you listened to her actual albums including her acoustic release of B-sides (Acoustic Extravaganza), instead of just hearing her songs released on the radio then you would know exactly what I am talking about. KT's sound is truly original, ranging from bluesy sounds, using jazz chords in a lot of the music that she writes, then taking that soulful sound (like off the first record) and completely challenging it with this second album that hits the surface of classic rock and roll, emotional ballads, and going outside of the sound that made her famous from her first album. That takes balls, and it also takes a lot of creativity and influence from a WIDE range of artists. Her biggest influence was Ella Fitzgerald and Billy Holiday. HELLO PEOPLE- these were divas that were coming into the music scene WAY before Dylan, Joplin, and whoever else you want to classify and drop names to make you sound good. Do you even listen to those artists? Probably not, because (like our friend above explained) KT has covered Dylan and already got referenced to old style singer-songwriters. So, please before you carry on and act like you know what the **** you're talking about next time- just save yourself the time- because you obviously know SHIT about music....If KT was manufactured in some POP music industry bakery (whatever you dims call it), then she probably would come out looking like something off of MTV I'm sure (Fergie-a-liciously, or Rhinnawannahumpa). But she has stated her own style, is a well-developed musician singer-songwriter (which means she writes her own music/ lyrics), started doing this on the streets and sidewalks, and pulled through so many stereotypes, and has taken so many different viewpoints on music in her life just to be able to create music that is honest and true... Since when did that get classified in the majority of music that is being listened to today?? Exactly.... Here's what I think is wrong with music and critics today... People are stupid. People are looking for oppurtunities to make themselves sound smart and witty. People love to drop BIG names in the music industry because they heard other people praising that artist or because they were a defined legend( not because they know anything about that artist.) People like to think nowadays that if they listen to underground music strictly then that makes them above everyone else and they know so much about music. But news flash- there are a lot of shitty underground bands and artists that will one day make it big or make it on the radio- and the next day those same fans are calling those artists sell outs and no longer support their music because they can't drop names and act like they know so much about so and so and not expect everyone else to too. ....News flash- music is not all about solos, heavy metal, and who knows shit about shit.... Music is about making good music. Music is about making honest music, original music, music that the artists have a personal connection to and isn't trying to sound like every tom dick and harry....Okay got it. So before you post something and make yourself sound like a complete idiot, you should know what the **** you're talking about next time. Wake up- because no one gives a **** about your sloppy criticism. Krista Kathleen
    You fancy her don't you?
    oh poe poe
    kristakaybe wrote: Wow- I love how so many people post their comments on here like they know everything about music. First of all, defining KT in one genre (like pop) is utterly ridiculous. If you listened to her actual albums including her acoustic release of B-sides (Acoustic Extravaganza), instead of just hearing her songs released on the radio then you would know exactly what I am talking about. KT's sound is truly original, ranging from bluesy sounds, using jazz chords in a lot of the music that she writes, then taking that soulful sound (like off the first record) and completely challenging it with this second album that hits the surface of classic rock and roll, emotional ballads, and going outside of the sound that made her famous from her first album. That takes balls, and it also takes a lot of creativity and influence from a WIDE range of artists. Her biggest influence was Ella Fitzgerald and Billy Holiday. HELLO PEOPLE- these were divas that were coming into the music scene WAY before Dylan, Joplin, and whoever else you want to classify and drop names to make you sound good. Do you even listen to those artists? Probably not, because (like our friend above explained) KT has covered Dylan and already got referenced to old style singer-songwriters. So, please before you carry on and act like you know what the **** you're talking about next time- just save yourself the time- because you obviously know SHIT about music....If KT was manufactured in some POP music industry bakery (whatever you dims call it), then she probably would come out looking like something off of MTV I'm sure (Fergie-a-liciously, or Rhinnawannahumpa). But she has stated her own style, is a well-developed musician singer-songwriter (which means she writes her own music/ lyrics), started doing this on the streets and sidewalks, and pulled through so many stereotypes, and has taken so many different viewpoints on music in her life just to be able to create music that is honest and true... Since when did that get classified in the majority of music that is being listened to today?? Exactly.... Here's what I think is wrong with music and critics today... People are stupid. People are looking for oppurtunities to make themselves sound smart and witty. People love to drop BIG names in the music industry because they heard other people praising that artist or because they were a defined legend( not because they know anything about that artist.) People like to think nowadays that if they listen to underground music strictly then that makes them above everyone else and they know so much about music. But news flash- there are a lot of shitty underground bands and artists that will one day make it big or make it on the radio- and the next day those same fans are calling those artists sell outs and no longer support their music because they can't drop names and act like they know so much about so and so and not expect everyone else to too. ....News flash- music is not all about solos, heavy metal, and who knows shit about shit.... Music is about making good music. Music is about making honest music, original music, music that the artists have a personal connection to and isn't trying to sound like every tom dick and harry....Okay got it. So before you post something and make yourself sound like a complete idiot, you should know what the **** you're talking about next time. Wake up- because no one gives a **** about your sloppy criticism. Krista Kathleen
    wall of text. seriously takes up 90% of my screen. reminds me of the vietnam war memorial wall...
    ExpMonkey
    Fun Fact: kristakaybe's post translates to a two-page word document in 12-point double spaced times new roman. Why would you quote that? And to the poster: you could have been doing your homework...for shame
    bountykilla
    I agree with what Krista said in many aspects, but at the end of the day I think KT Tunstall's music is just glorified pop. Everything is a bloody jazz chord these days.. Black Horse and The Cherry Tree is a song about nothing. If you have nothing to say, then don't write a song about it!! Music isn't purely about solos etc. but if you're talking technical ability and pushing boundaries, I don't really think KT Tunstall is outstanding in either category. I won't deny her musical talent, but the way people talk her up like she was in King Crimson is rediculous. Listen to Radiohead or Sigur Ros or King Crimson or any of those groundbreaking bands and then tell me KT Tunstall is worth writing an essay about.
    blaze2thekings
    i got nothing against KT Tunstall except i agree that the looping and repetition is annoying, and those complaining about the big wall of text....why were you even reading it? i see a post like that and i know instantly...angry person whos frustrated that no one agrees with them so they post something longer than a graduate students thesis on the story of the universe
    koreanhitokori
    kristakaybe wrote: Wow- I love how so many people post their comments on here like they know everything about music. First of all, defining KT in one genre (like pop) is utterly ridiculous. If you listened to her actual albums including her acoustic release of B-sides (Acoustic Extravaganza), instead of just hearing her songs released on the radio then you would know exactly what I am talking about. KT's sound is truly original, ranging from bluesy sounds, using jazz chords in a lot of the music that she writes, then taking that soulful sound (like off the first record) and completely challenging it with this second album that hits the surface of classic rock and roll, emotional ballads, and going outside of the sound that made her famous from her first album. That takes balls, and it also takes a lot of creativity and influence from a WIDE range of artists. Her biggest influence was Ella Fitzgerald and Billy Holiday. HELLO PEOPLE- these were divas that were coming into the music scene WAY before Dylan, Joplin, and whoever else you want to classify and drop names to make you sound good. Do you even listen to those artists? Probably not, because (like our friend above explained) KT has covered Dylan and already got referenced to old style singer-songwriters. So, please before you carry on and act like you know what the **** you're talking about next time- just save yourself the time- because you obviously know SHIT about music....If KT was manufactured in some POP music industry bakery (whatever you dims call it), then she probably would come out looking like something off of MTV I'm sure (Fergie-a-liciously, or Rhinnawannahumpa). But she has stated her own style, is a well-developed musician singer-songwriter (which means she writes her own music/ lyrics), started doing this on the streets and sidewalks, and pulled through so many stereotypes, and has taken so many different viewpoints on music in her life just to be able to create music that is honest and true... Since when did that get classified in the majority of music that is being listened to today?? Exactly.... Here's what I think is wrong with music and critics today... People are stupid. People are looking for oppurtunities to make themselves sound smart and witty. People love to drop BIG names in the music industry because they heard other people praising that artist or because they were a defined legend( not because they know anything about that artist.) People like to think nowadays that if they listen to underground music strictly then that makes them above everyone else and they know so much about music. But news flash- there are a lot of shitty underground bands and artists that will one day make it big or make it on the radio- and the next day those same fans are calling those artists sell outs and no longer support their music because they can't drop names and act like they know so much about so and so and not expect everyone else to too. ....News flash- music is not all about solos, heavy metal, and who knows shit about shit.... Music is about making good music. Music is about making honest music, original music, music that the artists have a personal connection to and isn't trying to sound like every tom dick and harry....Okay got it. So before you post something and make yourself sound like a complete idiot, you should know what the **** you're talking about next time. Wake up- because no one gives a **** about your sloppy criticism. Krista Kathleen agreed +1
    kristakaybe
    I was on a rage rampage when I wrote that comment...but being a musician/singer/songwriter I support KT all the way along with a range of artists that get bashed on and classified into something that they are not. But hey everyone has their own opinion. I'm sure someone will have something to criticize about my music someday. kk
    byron21
    I like KT. She's done her apprenticeship, never given up, and written songs that are tuneful, clever lyrically , have energy and feeling. I don't care whether she sounds similar to others - I don't disappear up my fundament analysing whether it's pop or snap or crackle. Lighten up y'all - enjoy the music and the moment. BJ
    kttunstallator3
    srry for posting so late, but just had a brief overview of the comments on this pg. I am really but not really surprised about this album. What gets me the most is that some of the songs on this album-"Little Favours," "If Only", and "paper aeroplane" are not new songs-kt just arranged them differently. These songs were first off of her demo album, Tracks in July. For the most part, I prefer for kt to play the acoustic because that's just what she is. no questions asked. It's nice to put a little electric in there, but surely the main thing is her acoustic skills and vocals. To get stripped down to the point of listening to music to the purest is refreshing. wow, feel like a poet...well if anyone likes this album or would prefer a more raw-ish state of kt, check out acoustic extravaganza. Great stuff!!!! kttunstallator3, later.