10 Songs, 47 Minutes

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
442 Ratings

442 Ratings

Electric7 ,

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

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.

kraftwerk ,

One of the best albums of the new millenium

I've had this album for a couple of months now and its absolutely amazing. This isn't any run of the mill singer songwriter who will fade into the oblivion of so many others. He is a true stand out and tracks like Autumn, Rewind, and Last Request yearn with emotion and heartache and his voice is absolutely haunting. He's 19 years old keep in mind and he has created one of the best albums of the new millenium. There is not a bad song on this album and it really grows on you. Don't let him become some background noise because he will bring you so much entertainment and excitement.

:( U.K store ,

5 starts because

once you buy this album you love all the songs! I've been following Paolo N. since his appearance on MTV's new artists special. There really is no point to just picking songs on by one because they are all great.
1. Jenny Don't be Hasty- one of two songs not about his childhood sweetheart, tells of his relationship with an older woman (like 20-23) during his experience in London.

2. Last Request- huge hit, it's basically about sex but seems like more but really it isn't.

3. Rewind- about a bad experience and well wishing to "rewind" its pretty good, my 4th favorite, the chorus is pretty addicting like all his other songs

4. Million Faces- I love this song!! I love how it talks about a new place but only thinking of one person keeps you through new experiences. This kinda sounds Norah Jonesy.

5. These streets- this is my alarm clock song! I love how it's sooo smooth and realistic
"Wandering around with a half pack of cigarettes" <-- favorite line

6. New Shoes - well this was on free download of the week and this is my least favorite song but still one of my favorites. Just sounds so true to lives people live from 18-26 it really does!
"Woke up late one thursday and I'm seeing stars while I'm rubbing my eyes and I felt like there were two days missing.."

7. White lies - It is like the song "Autumn" in tone but this is again about his girlfriend like all the others but two. It goes really smoothly with the guitar and the rising tone of the chorus is pretty enticing! :)

8. Loving you- a little more upbeat than the majority of the songs. Not like Jenny Don't be Hasty, but this song is just perfect to end some romantic comedy. And the high notes are really in tune, and the chorus is pretty much the main attraction of the song (takes up most of the song anyways).

9. Autumn - second song NOT about his girlfriend. This is my absolute favorite cause it shows Paolo isn't just going to always keep talking about sex, love, getting drunk, etc. This one is about his nonno (grandpa just in case you don't know). This song is really good because it's such a good melody and gentle too

10. Alloway Grove- yea very long but really entertaining especially the beginning
"However much you use me baby, come on use me more"

*** k that's all I got so far GO FIND TICKETS when he comes to the states don't forget to check his myspace... !!

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