Helga's Album of the Week IV (Part 1)  

helga_hansen 49F  
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9/2/2005 9:00 am

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Helga's Album of the Week IV (Part 1)

As last week’s Album of the Week was a bit of an oldie, Helga thought it was only fair to play catch-up and review two albums this week…

The reason I’ve chosen these two is that both albums have been nominated for the coveted Mercury Prize sponsored this year by Nationwide (a UK bank). The Prize exists solely to champion UK music by promoting 12 albums of the year by British and Irish artists. Jostling for the top spot this year, are amongst others, KT Tunstall, The Magic Numbers, Coldplay and Kaiser Chiefs. Both Coldplay and Kaiser Chiefs made an appearance at the Live 8 gigs in London and Philadephia respectively, on 2nd July this year.

Ladies first…

KT Tunstall is a sparkling new songwriter with Chinese blood, a Scottish heart and a cool name - she feels KT has got a bit more attitude than Kate. KT celebrates classic singer/song-writing in the tradition of Rikki Lee Jones, Carol King and Fleetwood Mac with an articulate, accessible, immediate brew of sassy root, wistful quandary and after-hours atmosphere. She is the latest in a line of outstanding contemporary Scottish songwriters including Texas and Fran Healy of Travis. KT's unique perspective offers a rare emotionally connecting intensity through it's gripping lyrical bite and heartfelt melody.

Her debut album Eye To The Telescope is the creative consequence of an inquiring imagination. She calls her songs "kitchen table" songs, being like a conversation between herself and one other person. The first single of the album Black Horse and the Cherry Tree made it into the Top 10 in the British Singles Charts. Her second single, Other Side Of The World is currently receiving extensive air-play and promises to be just as successful.

Since completing Eye To The Telescope, life has been a blur of gigs, first as support to Joss Stone, then a tour of Europe, singing with ‘hip-hop' band Oi Va Voi, who ignited the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury.


Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥


Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
9/4/2005 7:10 pm

Helga,

I am trying to find the KT Tunstall cd here in Oregon. I'll let you know how I do.

Have you ever heard of The Shins. They are a really good band out of Oregon who were featured prominently on the soundtrack for the movie Garden State.

I also bought the new cd by Death Cab For Cutie this week (along with Kanye West's new cd).


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