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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. CharlieC
    Mar 5, 2006
    10
    One of the best albums I've heard in a long time. The lyrics and addictive rythms are all fresh sounding. Not a bad a song on the album. A little bit James Taylor meets Cheryl Crow. 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. RaülJ
    Feb 14, 2006
    10
    A great, new uprising talent
  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. maryh
    Feb 15, 2006
    7
    It's good to see an artist that may very well have some great future success, but also, most uncaracteristically, has Talent. I suspect these songs will get old fast because they're too catchy not to; but for now, it's highly recommended. Expand
  6. mmusicfan
    May 4, 2006
    6
    I think she tried to prove she could write deep lyrics... but she didn't... catchy songs, but definetly wouldn't last more than 1 month listening to it... nice effort though... Expand
  7. ZachR
    Mar 2, 2006
    2
    Her songs are so fucking annoying. I can't stand to listen to them. Just a few seconds exposure gives me a horrible headache.

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