Eye to the Telescope

KT Tunstall

Eye to the Telescope

February 7, 2006

Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Between a taster EP and new album set for the fall, it's time to revisit the pure pleasure of KT's 2004 UK breakthrough debut. Sweet, yearning, and simple, it features her biggest hits ("Suddenly I See" & "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree") alongside some pastoral gems ("Under The Weather," "Silent Sea," "Universe & U," "Other Side Of The World"). Her masterful songwriting, gorgeous voice, and optimistic attitude carry this collection, perfect for a warm summer night.

- Neil Z. Yeung

Rhythm of Life

James Mason

Rhythm of Life

1977

Jazz-Funk

Anyone who loves the deep grooves of Donald Byrd or Mason's former employer, Roy Ayers, will immediately understand why this album's blend of funky fusion of progressive R&B is considered a masterpiece. At least four of its songs have become rare-groove club standards, and the title cut is an absolute monster. Catchy, funky, richly textured, and utterly joyous, Rhythm of Life is a huge reason the acid jazz movement came into being.

- Steve Huey