Every so often I make up a mix CD of my favorite songs at the moment; mostly new songs, but with some old songs sprinkled in for flavor. I thought it’d be a neat feature of this new blog to go through, song-by-song, and explain a little about why it appeals to me.
The artist whose song appears next on the CD proves that just because you’re popular doesn’t mean you can’t be good. KT Tunstall (pronounced “Katie”) achieved a great deal of success with her first album Eye to the Telescope. The name came about due to her father, a Scottish physics teacher, who would often take her to the campus observatory as a child. Her breakthrough hit in the States was “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree”, an infectious but complicated tune that she plays with skill, even live. Several successful singles followed, in no small part to extensive marketing, including in movies, primetime television dramas, and several reality shows. The song included on this disc is “Other Side of the World”, the album’s second single.
A postscript: KT Tunstall’s second album, Drastic Fantastic, was released recently. I purchased it through iTunes, which had the added benefit of including eight videos: five music videos from the first album and one from the second, a mini-documentary (here’s part), and a live performance. Talk about value-added! My impressions of the second album are quite positive: it has all the strength of the first. Perhaps a single from the second album will show up on a future mix CD…
Next time: rocking out to one of the original rap/rock bands.