Certain artists make it tough for you to love/worship/agree with them when that dreaded second album is released. Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall isn’t all that different: She has created a disc that shares the tenor of her slow-building debut “Eye of the Telescope,” yet wisely avoids anything that reminds of the bouncy hit single “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree.”
Her debut sparkled in the uptempo numbers, specifically their sonic constructions, and on “Drastic Fantastic,” it’s the toe-tappers that are not quite there. A desire to again be multi-format radio friendly — or revitalize the Lilith Fair sound — underlies too many of her bouncier numbers. Instead, Tunstall blossoms on her ballads, creating rich and succinct works that attentive listeners will be drawn to again and again. The intimate numbers “White Bird,” “Paper Aeroplane” and “Someday Soon'” are welcome invitations to sit at the foot of Tunstall’s bed and let her share dreams and observations, some simple, some esoteric; all of them worth hearing.