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Album Review: KT Tunstall’s "Tiger Suit" brings forth a new kind of rock

KT Tunstall returned to the States last week with her third studio album, Tiger Suit. The Scottish-born rocker has stuck to her roots while bringing in new sounds, fusing rock and electronica for a unique album that is surprising and entertaining to the ear.

The first track – Uummmannaq Song – is what really pulls you into the album. It’s an introduction to a sound she’s dubbed “Nature Techno,” which she describes as a collision of raw, upfront rootsiness with and sleek electronic textures.

It’s something you definitely need to hear to believe. Although the first track is definitely my favorite on the album, the pop-rock debut single, “Fade Like A Shadow,” is really catchy and doesn’t mask her gorgeously raspy voice.

Watch the video for “Fade Like A Shadow” here.

The middle of the album gets kind of groggy – one of my least favorite tracks is “(Still A) Weirdo,” in which KT just sounds as if she’s trying too hard to be a weirdo. Plus it’s really hard to sing the word “Weirdo” unless you’re Thom Yorke, so making an entire song about it just doesn’t seem fitting. But alas, there are still some really excellent, gutsy rock tunes on this album – including “Madame Trudeaux,” in which she does nothing to mask her Scottish accent. I have a special place in my heart for singers who don’t Americanize or otherwise fake their singing accents.

I can’t even give this a letter or a star rating – I can only call it “Surprisingly good.” I was expecting something completely different when I put it into the CD player and instead I got an album with some enjoyable tracks. She really is a talented artist and I recommend anyone give her album a listen – you might be surprised yourself!

One2One Network provided me with a copy of Tiger Suit to review on my blog. All opinions are 100% mine. I am not otherwise compensated for this review, but will be entered to win a $50 gift card.

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