KT Tunstall, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
Friday 22 October 2010
Diminutive Scottish-born singer K T Tunstall sprang on stage at the Shepherd's Bush Empire wearing skin-tight leather leggings and a baggy T-shirt, immediately invigorating the audience with her firecracker presence.
Kicking off with a prerequisite "Hello London!" the singer entertained the audience with comic banter, promising to play us "some great new shizzle". She sang the upbeat "Glamour Puss", followed by "Uummannaq Song" and a heavily percussive "Come on, Get in", all from her new album, Tiger Suit.
Accompanied by a perfectly synchronised band, Tunstall appeared relaxed as she told us the stories behind the songs and moaned about her love life. She played a couple of low-energy tracks – "For the miserable people!" – including "Other Side of the World", before the band left Tunstall alone on stage.
Left to her own devices, she donned a furry tiger hat – a nod to her new album – to huge applause. When she took it off, yells of "Awwww!" and "Put it back on!" were received by a bemused Tunstall who joked that she's never usually asked by hecklers to put her clothes on. A solo, spine-tingling performance of the song which launched her career, "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree", followed.
The band filed back on to join in with the whooping chorus of "Lost" and together they rollicked through the rest of the new album. "The Entertainer" and "Madame Trudeau" were particularly well received, the latter about the former Canadian Prime Minister's "hot young wife" running away with the Rolling Stones in the Seventies – something Tunstall likened to Samantha Cameron running off with Kanye West.
Tunstall continued at a rapid rate, swapping guitars at each frantic interval and looking exhausted by the end of her set. After rapturous applause she delivered three encores, ending with the one we'd all been waiting for, "Suddenly I See".
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