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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
After the surprise international success of her 2005 debut, Eye to the Telescope, there were two ways that KT Tunstall could have gone: she could have succumbed to its sleepy, serious undercurrents, bringing herself closer to Dido, or she could have pursued the brighter, poppier inclinations of its singles "Black Horse & the Cherry Tree" and "Suddenly I See." A quick glance at the cover of her 2007 follow-up, Drastic Fantastic, leaves little doubt of which path she chose. The singer/songwriter, who was pictured in a pensive pose on the U.K. cover of her debut and in a stark black-and-white photo on the U.S. release, is decked out in a white dress and ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
After the surprise international success of her 2005 debut, Eye to the Telescope, there were two ways that KT Tunstall could have gone: she could have succumbed to its sleepy, serious undercurrents, bringing herself closer to Dido, or she could have pursued the brighter, poppier inclinations of its singles "Black Horse & the Cherry Tree" and "Suddenly I See." A quick glance at the cover of her 2007 follow-up, Drastic Fantastic, leaves little doubt of which path she chose. The singer/songwriter, who was pictured in a pensive pose on the U.K. cover of her debut and in a stark black-and-white photo on the U.S. release, is decked out in a white dress and high-heeled boots, sporting a giant silver-spangled electric guitar, on the cover of Drastic Fantastic. She clearly has gone pop, but she's done so without sacrificing her subtle skills as a writer, for as splashy as the sound of this album is, it isn't just about sound: it's built on songs that are alternately grabbing and insinuating, songs that are as memorable as the sweetly polished production, and more lasting as well. Drastic Fantastic may be as candied as any good adult pop record should be, but it doesn't stay in one place; it bounces between sparkly, insistent pop, sweet and gentle slow tunes, songs that rework the "Black Horse" rhythm, and tunes that are stripped down to her and a guitar. In a time where singer/songwriters are long on bloodletting emotion but short on musicality, this variety is a relief, as is Tunstall's unabashed embrace of being a mainstream troubadour -- and it's not a sell-out, either, because the songs are strong and beneath that glossy veneer, there is genuine emotion here. These are the elements that make Drastic Fantastic a rare beast: a pop album with a songwriter's heart, and one that works on both levels.
Rolling Stone - Rob Sheffield
1/2 Like her surprise hit debut, Eye of the Telescope, it's high-gloss folk-pop, confessional in form if not in content, crafted with intelligent attention to every detail.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2007
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 094639561827
  • Catalog Number: 95618

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Little Favours (3:09)
  2. 2 If Only (3:46)
  3. 3 White Bird (3:13)
  4. 4 Funnyman (2:56)
  5. 5 Hold on (2:57)
  6. 6 Hopeless (3:41)
  7. 7 I Don't Want You Now (3:48)
  8. 8 Saving My Face (3:38)
  9. 9 Beauty of Uncertainty (5:01)
  10. 10 Someday Soon (3:53)
  11. 11 Paper Aeroplane (5:50)
  12. 12 [CD-Rom Track] (3:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
KT Tunstall Primary Artist, Guitar, Glockenspiel, Ukulele, Vocals, fender rhodes
John Catchings Cello
David Davidson Violin
Steve Osborne Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Harmonium, Keyboards, Mellotron, Machines, Guitar Effects
Paul Stacey Guitar
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Sam M. Lewis Dobro, Guitar
Luke Bullen Percussion, Drums
David Angel Violin
Arnulf Lindner Bass, Cello, Double Bass
Jimmy Hogarth Acoustic Guitar
Willy Mason Background Vocals
Kenny Dickenson Piano, Glockenspiel, Hammond Organ, fender rhodes
John Petrocelli spanish guitar
Technical Credits
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Richard Morris Producer
Steve Osborne Producer
William Paden Hensley Digital Editing
Martin Terefe Composer
Jimmy Hogarth Composer
KT Tunstall Composer
Kenny Dickenson String Arrangements, keyboard arrangements
Robin Footitt Artwork, Paintings
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's a good CD... I guess.

    I miss the sound KT had on her last two CDs. Less poppy, more acoustic folk rock. With snappy lyrics that evoke emotion instead of wikking it away from our faces. I'll admit there are a few good songs on this CD, but I think the titel sayd it all : "Drastic Fantastic". It's too drastic of a change to more of the media's definition of 'fantastic'. I hate the media.

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