KT Tunstall charms and dazzles in “home” show at legendary Troubadour


For a long time, KT Tunstall has been on my must-see list of performers, so when I found out she was playing Sept. 2 at the intimate Troubadour, there was no way I was going to miss it.

But there was some apprehension. My favorite song, “Suddenly I See” came out a decade ago, and I lost track of her a bit. And when Tunstall hit it big, she really hit it big.

“Suddenly I See,” was used in the opening of the hit movie “The Devil Wears Prada,” and Tunstall performed in several big festivals, as well as the Nobel Peace Prize concert in 2007.

But Tunstall, who recently moved to Los Angeles, was a one-woman tour de force.

It was just Tunstall and her loop pedal, with the exception of a duet with opening act Teitur in cover of “Boy of Summer.”

Having lost track of Tunstall was my own loss. She has a rich catalog of great songs that are very diverse.

But in between songs, Tunstall would tell stories about her life on tour and interactions with people such as Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, or sharing stories of going from England to Los Angeles, and her fears about that gap in the doors to public toilets.

Tunstall also announced she would have a new album out next year.

Throughout the night, Tunstall talked about the show as being a first date, bringing on a bunch of “I love you” shouts and even a wedding proposal.

And she even wove in some other hits in her own songs, like The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” into “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree,” and even a little “Walk Like An Egyptian.” One of my favorite covers from her is the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” but she didn’t perform it that night.

But when I watch KT Tunstall, I think it’s best described in the opening of “Suddenly I See,” making the song seem a little autobiographical.

“Her face is a map of the world
Is a map of the world
You can see she’s a beautiful girl
She’s a beautiful girl
And everything around her is a silver pool of light
The people who surround her feel the benefit of it
It makes you calm
She holds you captivated in her palm”

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