KT Tunstall ****
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.