Drastic Fantastic

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Infectious pop folk brings message of self-esteem.

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Positive Messages

Some uncertainty about losing self in relationships, honestly portrayed ("I need a mirror, in the eyes of a man/I need no protection from my bullet-proof plan") mixed into a subtle message of self-esteem and empowerment. KT writes her own songs, plays her own guitar, and fights and masters her own demons.


Only in a metaphorical sense: "...you'd already advertised that I'd slashed the tires of your one man show"


The mildest of innuendo on one or two songs.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this CD addresses issues important to tweens (relationships, depression, self-image, self-esteem) with the mildest of innuendo and a whole lot of infectious poetic energy. A gently positive role model for girls, KT plays her own guitar, writes her own songs, and wrestles her own demons with humor, grit, and soul.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 18+-year-old Written byluvgoodshows April 9, 2008

Another great album from KT Tunstall

I heard KT Tunstall's album on AOL, and I loved every song! KT talks about real issues and is honest in every song. My favorite song from the album is... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 6, 2013


this is an awesome achievement for kt basically its awesome!!!
Teen, 13 years old Written bybeautifulauras May 17, 2013

Something to be aware of...

Good album, but one song, 'Funnyman', is about a guy, a friend of hers, that is schizophrenic. It'd be a good conversation topic with older teens... Continue reading

What's the story?

KT Tunstall's sophomore effort, DRASTIC FANTASTIC, shows off her near-perfect lyrical and musical integrity. With wit and true emotion, she addresses relationships (\"This little universe between our backs/so beautiful and colorful I lean on that\" and \"You can try to tie me down, you can try to string me up/but you'd have no luck now…\"); depression (\"I'm hopeless/follower of anything to take me away/from this hole in the ground\" and \"I'm all out of luck/I'm all out of faith\"); self-esteem and identity (\"I need a mirror/in the eyes of a man; I need no protection from my bullet-proof plan\").

Is it any good?

Scottish singer-songwriter Tunstall delivers a delightful poetry-and-guitar-fueled romp through tween-familiar territory. KT plays her own guitar, writes her own songs, and tackles her issues head on and with humor, grit, and soul, which makes her a positive role model for girls.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the issues in KT's lyrics. Despite predictable-enough ups and downs, she seems like a centered young woman who handles problems with humor and creativity. Do you think writing about the stuff that bothers you can help solve problems? What about creative outlets like learning and practicing guitar, or joining a band?

Music details

  • Artist: KT Tunstall
  • Release date: September 18, 2007
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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