Number 24 on my countdown of Top 40 albums is Eye to the Telescope by KT Tunstall. Eye to the Telescope is THE quintessential pop album of the past two decades. Honestly, that is pretty much all there is to say about it. The two main singles from the record, “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” and “Suddenly I See” are two of the best pop songs ever written and they are within five tracks of each other on this record. This album is certified platinum in four different countries. Simple put, it is really, really good.
This album’s strengths lie in Tunstall’s pristine songwriting and her stellar vocals. Her songs are nothing less than excellent pop songs. Her choruses go with her verses exceptionally well. There is just enough blues influence and creativity in form to keep the ear interested while there is enough cohesion and camaraderie between the songs that the entire album flows flawlessly from start to finish as a perfect collection. This album is also impeccably produced. The instrumentation and electronic elements are perfectly and modestly refined.
I am fighting the urge to include nearly every song from this album in this post. In case you are interested, you can find two tracks from the record in this post from last year about great pop song writers.
Here is track two from the record, “Another Place to Fall,” followed by track seven, “Universe & U.” These two songs exemplify her blues influence within the pop song format and give the listener a sense of the cohesive nature of the album. These are two remote excerpts from this record, and it is clear that they belong in the same collection of songs.
I will also heartily recommend the songs “Under the Weather” and “False Alarm” for you to look up for your listening pleasure. “Under the Weather” is sublimely beautiful and has one of the most fantastic and gratifying bridges in all of pop music. “False Alarm” is a personal favorite and directly inspired a song that I wrote called “Time, and Time Again.”
Thanks for tuning in for another installment of the countdown! I apologize for getting behind if you are following the countdown week to week. You can expect number 23 tomorrow and number 22 on Thursday.
Speaking of the countdown, in case you are interested in any of the other albums included so far, here is a list of links!
25. Queen by Queen
Listen to some KT Tunstall and report back here tomorrow!