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  • Summary: The 20-something Scottish singer-songwriter makes her debut with this Steve Osborne-produced disc.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. She combines a formidable voice with a rarefied command of phrasing. [Feb/Mar 2006, p.106]
  2. A delicious blend of acoustic guitar, raw grooves and sublime melodies. [11 Feb 2006]
  3. 80
    A bunch of amazing songs that combine the passion of early Sinead O'Connor with the craft of Christine McVie. [Jan 2005, p.124]
  4. Unfortunately, [producer Steve Osborne] seems to have sanded down all of KT’s rough edges.
  5. Beautiful songs one and all, there’s much to recommend "Eye To The Telescope", and given enough time and patience, Tunstall’s subtle charm seeps through making it an album to love.
  6. If she doesn't quite justify her place in the company of Antony & The Johnsons' I Am A Bird Now or M.I.A.'s Arular on the short-list for the Mercury Prize, Tunstall certainly holds her own against the likes of [Kelly] Clarkson and [Sheryl] Crow.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Nov 20, 2013
    10
    Anyone calling this album terrible must have a really horrible taste in music. That's for sure. The album opens up very strongly with "Other Side of the World" and "Another Place to Fall" before going deeper to the sentimental department. For a debut album, I'd say Eye to the Telescope is delivered in a very praiseworthy quality. Expand
  2. Nov 22, 2010
    10
    A brilliant album with a unique sound that blends some mainstream pop qualities with nice folk elements. She has a great voice too, raspy when it needs to be, mellow and steady during quiet songs. I love every song on this album. Expand
  3. DPR
    Nov 28, 2010
    10
    I don't get how anyone could dislike this album. KT Tunstall is a tremendous talent. She has a beautiful voice and is a tremendous song writer.
  4. Oct 7, 2010
    8
    The songs on this album seem to be from one of two sides; the faster paced, (and in my opinion) better songs, and the slower, still-good-but-could-have-been-spiced-up-a-bit songs. Although I personally prefer the songs like "Suddenly I See" and "Another Place To Fall", it is only when she uses her amazingly toned voice to sing songs like "False Alarm" and "Through The Dark" (the slower songs) that really portrays her natural talent more fluently and lusciously.
    After selling excess of 4,000,000 copies, (which is even more of a feat, in this day and age when Hip Hop sells the most and dominates the charts) it is obvious that this album deserves a thorough listen. After debuting on Later... With Jools Holland, and then having her song performed on American Idol, she soared to deserved fame. This is an essential album. She is definitely one of the most talented women on the charts today.
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  5. Feb 6, 2014
    8
    Genre: Pop Rock
    The debut album from the fantastic KT Tunstall features a great mix of songs that are all brought to life by her superb
    vocals. My personal favourite is the upbeat Black Horse and the Cherry Tree that truly demonstrates her raw talent but the slower ballads such as Under the Weather and Universe and U are also well worth a listen.

    KT Tunstall is certainly one of the best solo artists working in the music industry today.
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  6. Feb 7, 2012
    6
    One of those albums which is only have good, some great singles but the rest of the album is kinda flat and a lot of the acoustic style she brings to her live performances seems lost in the recording. She has many better b sides which could have replaced some of the lesser songs on this album. Shame. Expand

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