Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Aug 6, 2013
    80
    This elegant, elegiac disc is filled with emotionally direct, expressive songs confronting loss and mortality.
  2. Jun 18, 2013
    80
    She sings calmly from the heart, flowing beautifully, her simplicity enhanced by his [producer Howe Gelb] delicate downmix touches. [Jul 2013, p.94]
  3. Jun 17, 2013
    80
    Four albums in and Tunstall's voice remains original and excellent. [Jul 2013, p.111]
  4. Jun 10, 2013
    80
    There's little here that doesn't make you wonder where Tunstall has been hiding all this beauty until now.
  5. 80
    A touching, intelligent work.
  6. Jun 10, 2013
    80
    A beautiful, rather brave album, and by far her best. [Jul 2013, p.83]
  7. Aug 28, 2013
    70
    There's a soft Americana influence here, and in a way it's reminiscent of early Big Star. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.100]
  8. 70
    For all of its immediate sonic beauty, however, IE//CM’s slow, languid reveal requires patience and time to get acclimated.
  9. Aug 8, 2013
    60
    This is an album Tunstall likely needed to make, a catharsis in song that would inevitably sound far removed from her first three efforts.
  10. Aug 6, 2013
    50
    Despite using occasional strings, steel drums euphonium, woodwinds, and even a mellotron, this is not a slick affair.
  11. Jun 10, 2013
    50
    Invisible Enemy // Crescent Moon is a brave attempt from its creator to change direction, but ultimately KT Tunstall’s limitations are laid bare on a record that meanders pleasantly without ever leaving a lasting impression.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jun 23, 2014
    7
    I was never particularly into KT Tunstall but saw on Later with Jools Holland last year and decided I'd check out her latest album which at the time was this, "Invisible Empire". The record is very folky and not as pop as some of the other songs I've heard from her in the past. Its very well recorded and highlights her excellent voice. There are a number of really good songs spread among several others which drift along without doing much and to be honest I was far more impressed with her live performance on Jools Holland than the record. Still, its well worth checking out if your into female vocalists and folk with a bit of a twist. Full Review »
  2. Nov 20, 2013
    10
    While this album is very much different compared to her other releases, Invisible Empire Crescent Moon has a special heart both in my music library and heart. The track "Made of Glass" is a masterpiece. Literally everyone that I have asked (sometimes forced) to listen to the track finds it very appealing and comforting. The set is also very balanced musically speaking. There's rock, folk, piano, ballad, power, just everything in this magnificent release. Full Review »