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EDITORS’ NOTES

Paolo Nutini landed a contract with Atlantic Records at the age of 18 based on the power of his voice — a rich, expressive instrument that endearingly blends his Scottish brogue with some grit and gravel to produce a soulful timbre that belies his tender age. These Streets is an impressive debut, and the overall quality of the songwriting shows an unusual maturity. The majority of the songs are slow acoustic ballads (some with strings) and it’s to Nutini’s credit that he pulls them off convincingly. In particular, “Last Request” and the title tune are excellent vehicles for his outstanding vocals, but he shines most brightly on the upbeat numbers, especially “Jenny Don’t Be Hasty,” about a woman who loves everything about him except his young age, and the catchy “New Shoes” with its absolutely infectious chorus. More of these kinds of energetic tunes would be most welcome, but that’s a quibble — this is a strong first effort by a young artist with a promising future.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Paolo Nutini landed a contract with Atlantic Records at the age of 18 based on the power of his voice — a rich, expressive instrument that endearingly blends his Scottish brogue with some grit and gravel to produce a soulful timbre that belies his tender age. These Streets is an impressive debut, and the overall quality of the songwriting shows an unusual maturity. The majority of the songs are slow acoustic ballads (some with strings) and it’s to Nutini’s credit that he pulls them off convincingly. In particular, “Last Request” and the title tune are excellent vehicles for his outstanding vocals, but he shines most brightly on the upbeat numbers, especially “Jenny Don’t Be Hasty,” about a woman who loves everything about him except his young age, and the catchy “New Shoes” with its absolutely infectious chorus. More of these kinds of energetic tunes would be most welcome, but that’s a quibble — this is a strong first effort by a young artist with a promising future.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

442 Ratings

However Much You Want Me, I Swear, I'll Make You Want Me More.

Electric7,

Awhile back, Paolo Nutini's "New Shoes" was the song of the week. It was a fun little mix of folk and pop, and the moment I heard it I was addicted. When I was shopping in the Princeton Record Exchange, I saw a CD in the used section from Paolo Nutini. I debated buying it, but finally gave in. I didn't listen to it until I had listened to the other CDs I had purchased. It has to be one of the best CDs I've bought in a while, easily getting to the top ten of my "Best Of 2006" mix. "Jenny Don't Be Hasty" is actually different from Paolo's style; it adds a little rock'n'roll flavor instead of the acoustic style we know Paolo Nutini for. "Last Request" has to be one of the greatest break-up songs I've heard. You can just hear in the opening chords and lyrics that this is a great song. "Million Faces" has that smooth feeling that makes for a great slow song. The electric guitar is the best part, and when Paolo hits the chorus, you see (well...um..."hear") that he has potential. "These Streets", the CD title track, is one that Paolo takes solo instead of having drums and different things in the background. It's actually a good song if you've made a move from a country to a city area. "New Shoes" is a great song to listen to when you're studying. This song is majorly addicting and it's the perfect song to cheer you up when you're upset. "Loving You" is one of the greatest love songs I've heard in my short life, and I'm going to say that it might stay that way. It's a groovy song with something to sing along to. "Alloway Grove" is an extremely fun song, and even though the lyrics are sad, the guitar seems to be happy. The lyrics, guitars, and everything about this CD shows that if Paolo keeps this up, that he'll be singing teen-pop anthems for a long time to come. It's great lyricsim shows that Paolo actually has a grip on the world instead of today's artists. Overall, Paolo shows that he deserves to be in the business, and this CD proves it.

this dude chills at my lunch table, what about yours?

hollygolitely33,

I first heard of Paolo through some random clicking around on websites and when I took the time to listen to "Last Request" I was immediately blown away!! His sound is so ridiculously good its hard to believe that this guy is only nineteen! I have been blabbing away to anyone who will listen about "this guy from Scotland who sounds freaking awesome!" and he really truly is. I get really frustrated when I go looking for good music because everything out there sounds EXACTLY THE SAME, but Paolo Nutini's sound is like looking through your parent's music collection and finding something that was a pearl then and knowing its going to be classic when your kids are looking through your music collection! Puh-lease don't listen to the critics (especially the fools in Entertainment Weekly who gave his album a C-, come on!) this guy is on the verge of something huge and rare...be forewarned if you don't buy this album, hell if you don't buy one song off of this album, then your music collection will be severely lacking in coolness...buy the album and be cooler than your friends!

About Paolo Nutini

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 at age 16 and garnering attention via local gigs. He inked a deal with the British arm of Atlantic Records two years later, just several weeks after his 18th birthday.

Working with Coldplay and Badly Drawn Boy producer Ken Nelson, Nutini generated an impressive amount of buzz before his first single, "Last Request," was released in the early summer of 2006. He appeared at special Atlantic Records showcases at Carnegie Hall and the Montreux Jazz Festival, as well as opening for the Rolling Stones and Paul Weller. Nutini's debut album, These Streets, was ultimately released in July 2006 alongside his second single, "Jenny Don't Be Hasty." The album fared quite well in the U.K., where it climbed to double-platinum status and sent four singles into the Top 40. Accordingly, an American release followed in January 2007.

For Nutini's second album, the songwriter took a more active role in the production, partnering with Ethan Johns but helming much of the material himself. The resulting record, Sunny Side Up, appeared in June 2009, featuring increased contributions from Nutini's backing band and a bright, sprightly disposition. Sunny Side Up was a number one hit in the U.K. -- one of the biggest-selling albums of the year -- and went on to claim Best Album at the Ivor Novello Awards.

Nutini entered the studio in 2011 to begin sessions for his third album, and an appearance on Johnny Boy Would Love This...A Tribute to John Martyn was followed in 2011 by performances at Glastonbury, Latitude, and the Montreux Jazz Festival, before Nutini reached his (arguably) largest ever audience as part of London's 2012 Olympics Games concert at Hyde Park. Following his heavy tour scheduling and a breakup with his childhood sweetheart, Nutini took time away from music to rediscover the inspiration that was the driving force behind his first two records, and returned to his hometown Paisley. Eventually, the songs began flowing and Nutini recorded his third record, Caustic Love, which featured American vocalist Janelle Monáe; it was released in April of 2014. ~ Stewart Mason

  • ORIGIN
    Paisley, Scotland
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • BORN
    Jan 9, 1987

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