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KT Tunstall

By RJO Taduran

Eye to the Telescope

Most people would look into a telescope to fancy the stars. But KT Tunstall is the kind of person who would do more than that—she would take interest, appreciate and even enjoy the obscure dark sky. She finds inspiration from everything. "I'm a positive, skippity-la-la person," she asserted, "but I'm equally fascinated by the dark side of life and I always want to explore that."

KT could be the Physics whiz kid who, bored with all the formulas and theories from Albert Einstein to Stephen Hawking, tries to create beautiful things in her art and music class. She's too cool for the nerdy Science Club yet she's too smart to join the cheerleaders' clique. KT is in a league of her own, which is why it would be ridiculous to compare her to other popular female acts in music today.

In her debut album, Eye to the Telescope, the Scottish sensation glows with the twinkle of her imaginative songwriting and the sparkle of her singing prowess. In the outstanding opening track "Other Side of the World," she sings suitably the rare emotional energy of her poetry:

"Over the sea and far away
She's waiting like an iceberg
Waiting to change
But she's cold inside
She wants to be like the water."

Due to her water metaphors, she could be singing about the phase changes from vaporization to condensation or vice versa in Physics class, but what really emerges is the story of a romance-gone-bad because of miscommunication. The sad sea of strings in the background surges when she cries:

"I wish it were simple
But we give up easily
You're close enough to see that
You're the other side of the world to me."

In the worldwide hit "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree," the singer-songwriter tries to disprove the theory or the myth of a knight in shining armor for every damsel in distress. Armed with acoustic guitar, bass and percussion, which are all played by her, she jousts:

"But the big black horse said look this way
He said, 'hey lady will you marry me?'
But I said no no
You're not the one for me."

But in the song's last verse, she puts down all her defenses and reveals her disillusionment in romance with the statement, "Big black horse and a cherry tree, I can't quite get there coz my heart forsaken me."

Other brilliant tracks are "Under the Weather," "Through the Dark," "False Alarm," " Silent Sea," "Universe & U" and "Under the Weather."

In the track "Miniature Disasters," KT declares, "I don't want to be second best." And she has done a good job proving her dazzling talent in Eye to the Telescope, which by the way earned her a nomination in the prestigious Mercury Prize and won her the Female Solo Artist in the Brit Awards. Things are looking up for KT, as she is considered one of the frontrunners for the Best New Artist trophy in next year's Grammy Awards.

Put your eye to the telescope, and put your ears to her music, and you'll discover a bright star, perhaps even a planet, waiting to be named KT.