Gig review: KT Tunstall

Reassuringly, KT Tunstall is no Sheena Easton. She may live in Venice Beach, California, and have an array of stories about 'people who wear white jeans and no socks' and 'hippies with fake boobs', but they're delivered in such an incredulous, disbelieving manner that a crowd of fellow Fifers had no trouble relating.

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KT Tunstall ****

Alhambra, Dunfermline

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Tunstall undoubtedly has patter; maybe a little too much, on occasion, as between songs it sometimes feels as if she’s segued into a stand-up routine.

She also has is a repertoire of full-band and solo acoustic songs, amassed in the 12 years since she released her debut album, which is reflective of a commendable desire not to be pigeon-holed.

Placed together, new songs Hard Girls and It Took Me So Long to Get Here, But Here I Am and strong, enduring pop hits Fade Like a Shadow and Suddenly I See add up to an impressive body of work. Black Horse and the Cherry Tree sounded great, too, fused with a kazoo-led take on the White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army.

She may joke about being old enough to be the mother of James Bay, her first-ever duet partner on recent album KIN’s winsome, country-inflected Two Way (she isn’t; there are only 15 years between them), but the silver-trousered singer appears to be operating with a dynamism that’s becoming less self-conscious with every passing year.

DAVID POLLOCK