“KT Tunstall has had a recurring dream since she was a child. She sees a tiger in her garden and goes outside to stroke it. She returns indoors and is seized by the fear that she could have been killed. Over the years, it has occurred to her that the reason the tiger responds so passively is that she herself is disguised as a tiger. That she is wearing a tiger suit.” from KT’s website
“Tiger Suit” is KT Tunstall’s third album and I love its moods and textures. Bold and self-assured, KT takes us on an adventure combining dance music and organic rhythms into a genre she calls “nature techno”.
Recorded in the legendary Berlin Hansa studios, where the amazing David Bowie and U2 did stellar work, “Tiger Suit” is lively yet introspective, with a mixture of dance, rootsy acoustic pop, rock and blues.
I’ve loved KT since I first heard “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree”. With her raspy whiskey-laced vocals, she seemed real and genuine. Like it’s the music that truly matters. And, from what I’ve read about her, this is true. She’s an amazing singer/songwriter.
“Uummannaq” is interesting with its tribal cries and snake rattles. “Push That Knot Away” (video below) has a bluesy feel and is about facing your fears straight on. “Golden Frames” has a sultry vibe while “Lost” has an airy elegance. “Glamour Puss” struts with an uptempo swagger.
“Come on, Get in” is rollicking and most reminds me of “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree”. But, I also like the catchy “Fade Like a Shadow” with its memorable melody.
But, by far, the song that captivates me most is “(Still A) Weirdo” with its gorgeous acoustic guitar line and ephemeral beauty. It’s personal yet extremely relatable.
Each time I listen to this album, I love it a bit more. KT has done an amazing job leaping and bounding in her “Tiger Suit”.
KT will be on tour this Fall (10-31-12/1), so check her out in person if you get the chance!
You can find “Tiger Suit” on Amazon.
Disclosure / Disclaimer: Thanks to my involvement with the One2One Network, I received a free copy of this CD for review purposes. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received but by participating, I will be eligible for a gift card drawing. The post reflects my personal opinion.