Back in 2005, suddenly ubiquitous KT Tunstall divided most of the world into two camps: Folks who declared “woo-hoo!” and those left grumbling, “ohhh, no-no-no.” I’m one of the only people I know, in fact, who could never quite make up my mind about the Scottish singer-songwriter. True, I once performed a tipsy rendition of “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” on a friend’s Wii karaoke — hold the ridicule; song selection was limited! — and yet the mere thought of another romantic comedy trailer or uplifting TV drama montage featuring “Suddenly I See” sends me into a blinding rage.
Now, Tunstall is back with “Hold On,” the first single from her upcoming album Drastic Fantastic. (The track is currently streaming here at her MySpace page.) And while the shuffling beat and the swampy guitar lick create a nifty foundation for Tunstall’s gruff vocals, the melody lacks the immediate snap, crackle, pop of her previous hits. It remains to be seen whether or not we’ll be hearing “Hold On” on everything from The Bionic Woman to Cashmere Mafia to Dancing With the Stars come this fall, but unless I succumb to an unexpected and brutal multimedia IV drip, I doubt this one will make its way to my iPod. How ‘bout yours?