Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Tonight: KT Tunstall @ The Ryman

Posted By on Tue, May 20, 2008 at 2:18 PM

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With just two-and-a-half albums, British import KT Tunstall demonstrates a steadfast desire to avoid easy categorization. The dreamy ’70s-ish folk-strum of tracks like “Other Side of the World” earned her comparisons to Dido, who Tunstall suggested (not inappropriately) “can’t fucking sing.” Acoustic Extravaganza—squeezed out between world tours—offered the countrified “Ashes” and the husky drift of Beck’s “Golden Age.” It’s impressive beyond its odds and sods status, and teased anticipation for last fall’s Drastic Fantastic, which maintains a more straightforward pop/rock approach. The fuller production muddies some of Tunstall’s charms, though her versatility is apparent on tracks like “Funnyman,” whose folksy shuffle is buoyed by a funky Mothership undercurrent, and the sultry Latin strut of “Hold On,” which sounds like a soul-injected Miami Sound Machine. 7:30 p.m. at the Ryman Auditorium —CHRIS PARKER

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