Drastic Fantastic

Drastic Fantastic

Drastic Fantastic is the second studio album by Scottish Singer KT Tunstall. It was released by Virgin Records on 10 September 2007 in the United Kingdom and 18 September 2007 in the United States and Canada. The album was leaked on P2P networks on 3 September 2007. "Hold On", the lead single was released on 16 July 2007 in the United States.

The album was expected to chart inside the top 5 on its release because it became one of the most downloaded albums in the week prior to its release, peaking at #2 on iTunes. On the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, Drastic Fantastic debuted at number nine, selling about 50,000 copies in its first week.

In Scotland, KT beat both Kanye West and 50 Cent to make it to number 1 in the Scottish Album Charts.

Drastic Fantastic charted at #72 in the UK end of year chart selling around 225,000 copies in 2007.

As of August 2008, Drastic Fantastic has sold 215,000 copies in the United States.

Reception

The album was received warmly by most critics. Music critics from The Observer were quite impressed by the album, giving it five stars, stating the album was "bursting with so many hits that Tunstall's comic-book life is about to go stratospheric". Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone gave the album three and a half stars out of five, and noted that Tunstall's sound in the album was a "flashback" to 1997, noting some similarities between the songs on Drastic Fantastic and songs written 10 years earlier.

However, some critics were less impressed, stating that the album was overproduced and lacked the "folky" touch of her previous album Eye to the Telescope. The Guardian gave it only three stars, stating "Tunstall could do better".

Track listing

  1. "Little Favours" – 3:09 (KT Tunstall)
  2. "If Only" – 3:46 (Tunstall, Jimmy Hogarth)
  3. "White Bird" – 3:13 (Tunstall)
  4. "Funnyman" – 2:56 (Tunstall, Martin Terefe)
  5. "Hold On" – 2:57 (Tunstall, Ed Case)
  6. "Hopeless" – 3:41 (Tunstall)
  7. "I Don't Want You Now" – 3:48 (Tunstall)
  8. "Saving My Face" – 3:38 (Tunstall)
  9. "Beauty of Uncertainty" – 5:01 (Tunstall)
  10. "Someday Soon" – 3:53 (Tunstall, Hogarth, Sam Dixon)
  11. "Paper Aeroplane" – 3:16 (Tunstall)

Bonus tracks

These bonus tracks appear on the iTunes pre-order edition of Drastic Fantastic.

  1. "Suddenly I See" (Live)
  2. "Hold On" (Live from The Today Show) – music video
  3. "Bad Day" (UK only)
  4. "Mothgirl" (UK only)

In the iTunes Deluxe Edition, the following music videos are included.

  1. "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree"
  2. "Suddenly I See (Standard Version)"
  3. "Suddenly I See (Larger Than Life Version)"
  4. "Under the Weather (Radio Mix)"
  5. "Other Side of the World"
  6. "Hold On"

In addition, it comes with fifteen minute long documentary by film director Chris Bran as well as two digital booklets.

Most songs on Drastic Fantastic are not new songs. Little Favours appeared as the b-side to Under the Weather, Paper Aeroplane on the 2000 demo album 'Tracks In July', If Only, Funnyman and Saving My Face appeared on the demo album 'Toons 03', and Tunstall mentioned writing two new songs ('Hopeless' and 'White Bird with a Black Tail') in a blog entry from 2003.

Singles

"Hold On" was released as the album's lead single on 16 July 2007 in the United States, and on 27 August in the United Kingdom.

"Saving My Face" was chosen as the second single; it was released on 12 November 2007.

"If Only" was released on 3 March 2008.

In addition, "Someday Soon" is available as a single on Internet music stores such as iTunes and Rhapsody. It was featured in the film The Women in a montage featuring Annette Bening and Meg Ryan.

Personnel

  • KT Tunstall — vocals, guitar, piano
  • Luke Bullen — drums, percussion
  • Sam Lewis — backing guitar
  • Steve Osborne — bass, backing guitar, keyboards
  • Arnulf Lindner — bass, double bass
  • Kenny Dickenson — piano, keyboards
  • Cat Sforza — backing vocals
  • Gita Harcourt — backing vocals

Chart positions

Chart (2007) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart 3
Irish Albums Chart 10
U.S Billboard 200 Albums 9
U.S Top Rock Albums 1
Canadian Top 100 Albums 10
Netherlands Albums Chart 21
French Albums Chart 30
German Albums Chart 35
Austrian Albums Chart 43
Italian Albums Chart 35
European Top Albums 7
New Zealand Albums Chart 22
Australian Albums Chart 48
United World Chart 10

References

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