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KT Tunstall review

Deborah Trickett finds the Scottish sensation still has lots to offer

Published on March 9th 2011.


KT Tunstall review

Never falling from favour, popular singer-songwriter and guitarist KT Tunstall rocked Leeds O2 Academy on Sunday 27 February. Impressing myself and other eager fans in the crowd with her musical genius, she showed she deserves a place in the limelight with her established melodies and rocky edge.

All in all, a riveting night, especially for a Sunday when we should have all been in bed after watching Heartbeat and eating our Sunday roasts – hats off to the lady who has taste, talent and tenacity

The indie-pop star played a great selection from her new album ‘Tiger Suit’ released last year, as well as some songs from her previous two studio albums.

'Come On, Get In' got the crowd going, but Tunstall slowed everything right down with a revised version of her classic 'Other Side of the World' which was quiet enough to hear the crowd keeping up with her every note.

And as expected, Tunstall performed the iconic 'Black Horse and the Cherry Tree'. The song which projected the star into the public eye back in 2004 and became one of the most radio-played songs of 2005 was played along with her pedal loop toy and as soon as she started thumping her guitar, you knew what was coming, as did the whole crowd who began to insanely clap along until their hands were red raw.

The Scottish sensation also debuted a new song on the night called 'The Punk' - a melodic track which she performed without her brilliant band, saying that "We've popped The Punk's cherry!"

Her gigs come with an added bonus: she provides great anecdotes between songs. As the star-struck crowd gazed at the stage on this particular dreary night, Tunstall explained how she spent the Millennium in Leeds saying "If someone had told me eleven years ago that you guys would come out on a Sunday night to see me, I'd have been well made up."

Certainly paying her respect to the city, she went on to chat about her last Sunday night gig in Leeds which was hosted by the popular Cockpit with this notion receiving lots more cheers.

The Brit Award winner’s encore included a tribute to 'Close to me' by The Cure, which she performed with her support artist The Pictish Trail.

All in all, a riveting night, especially for a Sunday when we should have all been in bed after watching Heartbeat and eating our Sunday roasts – hats off to the lady who has taste, talent and tenacity. A wonderful performance providing an almighty come-back to any Tunstall critics wanting to slam her new records.

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