KT Tunstall, ‘Tiger Suit’ (Virgin)
Thanks to KT Tunstall’s compelling whiskey-and-cigarettes voice, everything she tackles demands to be heard–though not everything here absolutely needs to be. An identity crisis looms on her third album, featuring fine bluesy folk echoing her early days (“Golden Frames”), a crass power ballad (“Lost”), and beguiling dance grooves (“Glamour Puss”). The standout is “(Still a) Weirdo,” the only track produced by the Bird and the Bee’s Greg Kurstin, a genius at crafting shiny yet idiosyncratic pop (see Lily Allen’s last album). Tunstall should book him for her next record, pronto.