6. KT Tunstall, Tiger Suit
“It’s easy saying nothing when there’s nothing to say.”
For the longest time, it seemed like there would be two sides of KT Tunstall – spontaneous, looping live KT and pensive, polished studio KT – but with Tiger Suit, her third album, the fiery Scottish songstress has melded her two selves. The result: an adventurous and passionate, yet perfectly-judged, pop record. Whether it’s the uneasy beauty of “Golden Frames”, the thrilling way “Lost” builds up, or the tongue-in-cheek stomp of “Glamour Puss”, Tunstall shows why mature musical perspectives like hers are so desperately needed. The album is as well-crafted as it is a joy to listen to, which can be said as rather lacking in most of today’s pop music.