Drastic Fantastic

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  • Summary: "Drastic Fantastic" is KT's studio follow-up to her successful debut CD.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Drastic Fantastic feels neither brave nor raw; Steve Osborne, working with Tunstall for the second time, has produced an album of flawless pop hits.
  2. Tunstall crushes the sophomore jinx under the stilleto heels of the white boots she wears on the album cover, delivering a confident and assured set that's fuller and a touch more electric than its predecessor.
  3. 80
    There's another side to the jaunty guitars and multi-tracked choruses that sometimes make Tunstall sound like she's singing an orange juice advert.... 'Beauty of Uncertainty' and the closer 'Paper Aeroplane' are stark and moody etudes as far removed from, say, Dido as it's possible to get.
  4. Drastic Fantastic is not so much a revelation, and song-by-song, it might not even quite surpass its predecessor in overall strength, but it’s proof that she’s for real.
  5. Tunstall has never sounded better, and the Sheryl Crow riffs and mid-tempo chick rock of 'If Only' and 'Little Favours' serve her well.
  6. Tunstall's third album is far less gritty than her first album.
  7. Her debut had some killer pop singles like 'Black Horse And The Cherry Tree', but on Drastic Fantastic her talent and quirks have been mostly hidden under a gloss of studio production and bland AOR.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. T
    Sep 25, 2007
    10
    A brilliant variety of more rockier tracks to quieter acoustic ballads, well done KT.
  2. BD
    Oct 9, 2007
    10
    Fantastic
  3. LucaD.
    Sep 18, 2007
    9
    It's a great pop CD, probably not at the same levels of Eye To The Telescope, but really enjoyable!
  4. Aug 24, 2010
    9
    An amazingly flawless album; although I personally didn't like the slower sounds of "Beauty of Uncertainty" and "Paper Aeroplane", they wereAn amazingly flawless album; although I personally didn't like the slower sounds of "Beauty of Uncertainty" and "Paper Aeroplane", they were still very good songs.
    Highlights include (but are not limited to) If Only, Funnyman, Hold On, Hopeless, I Don't Want You Now and Saving My Face. As you can tell, thats 6 songs. Half the album. The entire album is a masterpiece. It is rare that me, as a Metacritic user, often gets to use those words positively. Most of the album is high up on my iTunes Top 25 most played list, from my library of over 2,000. KT is a brilliantly talented singer and musician, and I'm dying to hear her 3rd album, coming out in September of this year (2010, for when 2011 comes around).
    9/10. Why? Because I just feel, ever so slightly at the back of my mind that songs like White Bird could have had an extra added layer of power. However, I only knock 1 mark off for this, because it matters so little; the songs are all still amazing. A must- have.
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  5. NeilR.
    Oct 25, 2007
    8
    Not quite as good as the first album, but the first few tracks are extremely singalongtoable, and she varies her style elegantly (though, Not quite as good as the first album, but the first few tracks are extremely singalongtoable, and she varies her style elegantly (though, again, the album as a whole sounds similar to the previous). Expand
  6. WilliamV.
    Sep 17, 2007
    6
    I don't know about this CD... it seems somethings missing.
  7. eastside
    Sep 17, 2007
    0
    This represents everything that is wrong with music. how in the world did this person get a major label contract? schlocky lyrics, crummy This represents everything that is wrong with music. how in the world did this person get a major label contract? schlocky lyrics, crummy vocals and minor league musicianship. this is the album your mom would buy if she was deaf. Expand

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