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KT Tunstall: 'Saving My Face'

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Released on Monday, Nov 19 2007

There's something about a woman who refuses to put vowels in her first name that makes her that little bit harder to enjoy. Tunstall is a woman that aches credibility and Radio 1 approval but is more suited to the ambiance of Terry Wogan and Ken Bruce's bosoms, right at the heart of Radio 2. Not that there's anything wrong with her merry brand of Scot-rock. She's refreshingly ballsy, without resorting to the catty schoolgirl sniping of a Lily Allen, and 'Suddenly I See' certainly had a decent chorus to it. Her comeback single was an intriguing number that almost went hip-hop on us with its melody, and heaven forbid, featured KT having a laugh and mucking about in the video.

Unfortunately the follow-up 'Saving My Face' is a rather more dour affair. It begins with a calculated Chris Martin-style guitar intro and fails ever to pick up any real pace, despite attempting to nick Coldplay's 'Talk' riff. There's the regulation cymbal and guitar flourishes that indicate the chorus is about to start, which is just as well, because otherwise you'd probably miss it. Which is all a great shame, because lyrically it's a delightful little ditty about the pains of older women who undergo plastic surgery. If ITV are looking for the montage music to accompany Janice Dickinson's departure from I'm A Celebrity... they may have just found it.

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