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Pro-social Content

Tunstall tells a lovelorn friend to ditch the hatred and hurt that have kept her a victim and turned her into a heartless man-eater ("Another Place to Fall"). She bails water from a deluged soul on "Under the Weather." A line on "Silent Sea" finds the singer stronger for enduring life's storms ("Winds are whipping waves up ... the harder they hit me, the less I seem to bruise"). In addition to realizing that her need to be her own master is killing her, she learns from her mistakes, concluding, "I need to be patient and I need to be brave/Need to discover how I need to behave" ("Miniature Disaster"). With regrets of having missed out on love because of a fear of marriage ("Black Horse and the Cherry Tree"), Tunstall lowers her defenses the next time a worthy guy declares his affection for her (the beautifully innocent "Stoppin' the Love"). "Heal Over" insists that today's pain will pass ("Sometimes life is hard/It's gonna take time, but ... you're gonna be fine") as a woman pledges her support to a teary-eyed friend overwhelmed by circumstances.

Objectionable Content

"Suddenly I See" repeats the line, "Suddenly I see why the h--- it means so much to me." In a fuzzy relational context, the singer yearns for "somebody to hold when I turn out the light" ("Under the Weather").

Summary Advisory

Bluesy. Folksy. Sultry. This Scottish singer/songwriter's mature, often melancholy style brings to mind Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones and Sarah McLachlan. A few snags, but teens will get a realistic, hopeful view of complex emotions through her Telescope.

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A Top-40 effort on the rise

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