KT Tunstall, ‘Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon’

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Aidin Vaziri | KT Tunstall went through a few seismic life changes in the middle of recording her fourth album – her father died and her marriage collapsed. Listening to “Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon” straight through, you get the sense that the Scottish singer-songwriter, best known for belters such as “Black Horse and a Cherry Tree” and “Suddenly I See,” knew doom was coming all along. Recorded in the Arizona desert with Howe Gelb of Giant Sand, songs such as “Made of Glass” and “How You Kill Me,” which appear on the first half, sound beautifully vulnerable, exhibiting a previously untapped penchant for late-night Americana. By the time Tunstall’s real life is upturned, the music becomes strangely serene, her lush voice bringing extra gravity to dreamy torch songs such as “Feel It All” and “Honeydew.”

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