Two years ago, KT Tunstall thought she was done with music. Not done as in she’d never again play guitar or sing, but done playing professionally, at least for the foreseeable future. 'As an artist I feel like I died,' she says. 'I didn’t want to do it anymore.' It had been ten years since she’d released her multi-platinum debut, Eye To The Telescope (2004), and twenty-some years since she started playing gigs as a teenager back home in St. Andrews, Scotland. She’d releasing three more critically acclaimed albums and playing everywhere from the rooftops of splashy Las Vegas hotels to Giant’s Stadium. She’d been nominated for a Grammy, won a BRIT and the Ivor Novello. She’d had a good run, Tunstall thought, but it was time to take a serious time out. 'I was utterly burnt out,' she says.
So the singer sold all of her property in the UK, and started again in a little house in Venice Beach, California. She lived a quiet life for the better part of a year, until, like a little imp waiting in the wings for Tunstall to get really comfortable in her state of blissed out California calm, one day the urge to rock began to return. And once it took hold, it just wouldn’t let go. 'My physical body was telling me that what I should be doing is sweating onstage,' she says. 'It turns out, if I can’t do that then I’m just a racehorse in a stable.' Almost against her own will, Tunstall found herself picking up her guitar and writing riffs. And they came, one after another after another after another.