Release Date: October 5, 2010
Record Label: Virgin Records
Tiger Suit is the third studio album by Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall. Many of the songs retain the musical elements Tunstall is known for, like interesting loops and layers, combined with some newer electronic and synthesized sounds. The result is a largely enjoyable album and a real step forward for Tunstall.
Tunstall immediately lets the listener know that this album is not simply a clone of her previous work. The first track, “Uummannaq Song,” has a global quality which is reminiscent of something Paul Simon might have explored in the late 1980’s. “Fade Like a Shadow” has a catchy guitar riff and chord progression. The chorus with synth bells sounds like it could be the soundtrack to a John Hughes movie.
With a great blend of blues-infused rootsy music combined with modern rhythmic elements,”Push That Knot Away” demonstrates that Tunstall hasn’t abandoned this style of songwriting. The song is really gritty and sounds great. “Golden Frames” is another rootsy piece that always sounds like it’s on the edge of exploding, but remains restrained. “Come On, Get In” is strongly reminiscent of earlier work heard on Eye to the Telescope.
There are a couple songs on this album that seem out of place, or are just taking up space. “Glamour Puss” is a disappointing effort. With its up-tempo dance beat, and lack of depth, it ends up no better than a Katy Perry song. “Difficulty” is a mediocre tune that doesn’t add anything to the album.
“(Still a) Weirdo” may be the best track on the album. Interesting loops and great production are combined with what could be considered Tunstall’s most intimate vocal performance to date. The album closes with “The Entertainer” which features another interesting and stellar vocal performance.
One of the things that’s clear after listening to this album is that KT Tunstall is, and will remain, a remarkable vocalist, songwriter, and performer.
- “Uummannaq Song”
- “Glamour Puss”
- “Push That Knot Away”
- “Fade Like a Shadow”
- “Golden Frames”
- “Come On, Get In”
- “(Still a) Weirdo”
- “Madame Trudeaux”
- “The Entertainer”