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Skating from style to style with grace and ease, Paolo Nutini serves up an impressive sophomore release. More sophisticated than its predecessor, Sunny Side Up is also unexpectedly eclectic. From the ska-influenced opener “10/10” to the R&B gem “Coming Up Easy” to the achingly beautiful “Candy,” Nutini’s gritty, soulful Scottish brogue is warm and engaging. Folk, swing jazz, doo-wop, ballads, and skiffle are also referenced. It all works, as he's backed here by his ace six-piece band, The Vipers. Nutini’s talent and promise as a singer was evident from the start of his career. With Sunny Side Up, he proves to be a capable songwriter and bandleader as well.

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Paolo Nutini

This is a very very good album. So much better than These Streets, so much more passion. Some songs sound straight out of Motown, Coming Up Easy. No Other Way sounds kinda bluesy without a guitar. High Hopes sounds like my favorite. Pencil Full of Lead sounds like big band, Chamber Music sounds most like folk. Simple Things sounds like country. I wish i was on vacation listening to this music. This to me is the best of 09 so far. Every song is great, dont pass this up.

Paolo: One of the Most Important Artists for the Millennium

For those that want the "These Streets" pt. 2, sorry it's just not here. As expected, Paolo has matured beyond the sugarcoated entrapments the labels generally require you to put out when you're a new artist. This album transcends everyone that came before him. Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley are all well represented here. You wouldn't expect that a young 20 something would be putting out music with this level of maturity, but here it is. While this may not be his "Tupelo Honey" Exodus" or even "Highway 61 Revisited" he still has some living to do. Trust me, he will get there. In the meantime, "Sunny Side Up" is not only a fun and adventurous listen, it further proves that "These Streets" was no fluke. Ladies and gentlmen, behold the voice of the next generation.

Very different from These Streets

I liked These Streets. There was enough promise in the lyrical and musical stylings to differentiate it from what at first seemed like a cookie-cutter pop release. For those who liked These Streets because of the catchy hooks and (sometimes sickeningly) sweet lyrics, Sunny Side Up might disappoint. While Sunny Side Up is clearly showcasing a much more mature lyricist and musician, it's not fair to solely call this a "step up" from These Streets. It's a step up and in a different direction. The best description I can come up with for the sound of Sunny Side Up is imagine John Mayer as a Motown singer who group up in an Irish folk family listening to Cat Stevens and Bob Marley. That might sound like a car wreck of musical stylings, but it works in a way that's not describable until you're actually listening to the songs. If you're looking for the newest wave of pop music, you might be disappointed. But if you're looking for something a little more singer/songwriterish, Sunny Side Up is a must own.

Biography

Born: January 9, 1987 in Paisley, Scotland

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

In much the same way that José González hails from Sweden and not Spain, Paolo Nutini is not a smooth Italian pop star, but rather a soul-influenced adult alternative songwriter from Paisley, Scotland. Raised in a music-loving family, he grew up listening to a range of folk, opera, jazz, and his father's R&B favorites. Shortly after discovering homegrown folkies like John Martyn, the teenaged Nutini left school to focus on his own musical development, eventually moving from Paisley to London...
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