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Debut album from Paolo Nutini.

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19-year old Scottish singer/songwriter Paolo Nutini sounds older than his years on his debut album, These Streets. It's not just his careworn, smooth-as-sandpaper voice, either (although, admittedly, it does help). It's more to do with the maturity of the lyrics, and the casual soulfulness of his delivery. "Last Request" is more the work of a vintage Motown singer than a teenager from Paisley, and it's to Nutini's credit that he carries it off with aplomb. And rather like the soul singers of previous generations, he manages to sing without a hint of hypocrisy about his own sexual exploits ("Jenny Don't Be Hasty") while also questioning his girlfriend's fidelity ("Alloway Grove"). It's the fact that he's so frank, and even a little bit naive, that he manages to get away with it. And though the stripped-down tunes on These Streets don't always immediately grab the listener (the title track, in particular), the songs where Nutini is accompanied by a full band often manage to evoke sunny-day American soul ("New Shoes", for example). This is a strong debut, and considering Paolo Nutini's tender years, bigger things can be expected of him in the future. --Ted Kord


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  • Audio CD (January 30, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000LE1GVW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,986 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Amy Mable on September 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I haven't been so excited to get a CD in years. I'll warn you ahead of time - these songs will be stuck in your head... you won't be able to stop singing them silently.

This guy is refreshing - in that I haven't heard anything NEW or DIFFERENT in years. Whether you're my age, or the age of my daughters (early 20's), you'll find this music addictive. When I first heard Paolo on the Craig Ferguson show, I was hooked. When sharing with my daughters they said, "Mom found really cool music". (not the typical response I get)

I'm in my 40's and some of these songs bring back those emotions from youth that life pushes far into your memory's recesses. You won't believe that this singer/songwriter is just 19.

This is the only review I've ever submitted - and I'm on Amazon daily. He is just THAT good.
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Paolo Nutini makes a huge splash with his debut album, These Streets. Paolo displays a natural talent for singing and songwriting; and his voice is rich and full of masculine warmth. Just one listen to this CD proves it!

The track set begins with "Jenny Don't Be Hasty." Paolo sings with the style of a seasoned pro; this number about a woman he wants makes a strong start for this album! The electric guitar, drums and percussion make a good musical arrangement. "Last Request," another highlight of this fantastic album; lets Paolo sing with great sensitivity of how he wants one last time alone with a woman who doesn't love him anymore. The melody charms me with its beauty; and I predict that you will enjoy "Last Request" very, very much.

"These Streets," the title track of this album, begins with some pretty awesome guitar; and when Paolo comes in this number takes off like a jet! Paolo laments losing his childhood because in retrospect he realizes things were simpler for him back then. The guitar works wonders for this number; and the guitar alone with Paolo's voice makes "These Streets" a true masterpiece!

"White Lies" has another beautiful arrangement for the guitar; and "Loving You" lets Paolo sing happily of finding his one true love. Paolo also shows off his wide vocal range, sometimes singing a few words in falsetto--flawless!

The album ends with "Alloway Grove." This number starts with the drums and guitar; and when Paolo comes in he sings this perfectly! Paolo sings of his disappointment that the girl he loves is no longer there for him. The upbeat melody belies the sadness of the lyrics; but it all works well for Paolo and his musicians. The lengthy number works well.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Hard on March 28, 2007
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Bought this album for wife's birthday in early February and have since listned to it at least 50 times. My wife has probably listened to it 500 times by now. We just love it.

To me the appeal lies partly in Nutini's vocal qualities (reminiscent of Paul McCartney), partly on the intelligence of the lyrics (clever rhymes and unusual word choices), and partly the authoritative, graceful arrangements. Each song is a finished work, a burnished gem, not some work-in-progress thrown in to fill space.

Thematically, the songs as a group convey the youthful joy in love and sex, innocence and sincerity, compassion and optimism--much like the best of that golden era of 1967-1973 when most of the really good rock-pop-r&b was being played on the then-new FM stations. Stylistically, I'm hearing The Beatles, Michael Bolton/Otis Redding, and maybe a little of Van Morrison. In short, it's highly original yet warmly familiar.

My favorite tracks are Last Request, These Streets and Millions, but there's not a lemmon in the bunch. I haven't been able to repeatedly listen to an album without getting good and sick of a few of the songs since about 1973. That's why I say it's the best album in decades. My wife and I are looking forward to the next one. I hope his touring schedule isn't making it too difficult to write. If it takes him a while, it will be worth the wait.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By razzamatazza on January 3, 2007
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I first saw Paolo Nutini on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson a few months ago, and he struck me. I made a note to remember his name, and went out to try and find his CD and realized it wasn't released. Finally I ordered it here on Amazon, not wanting to wait until January 30th for its US release. Every track is great.

Paolo has a great voice that has a unique quality about it. It isn't smooth sounding, but is beautiful. You can feel the passion when he sings. The CD contains a good variety of different songs, including your slow, muted tunes and songs that have me tapping my feet.

I have also watched live recordings from concerts Paolo has performed at and he has proven that he put on a great show. I look forward to hopefully seeing him in concert one day. He seems to have gained a lot of popularity in the UK, and I am willing to wager he will make his mark in the US as well. If he's only 19 and already as good as he is, I imagine he will produce more great music in the future.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dance Dance Dance on January 29, 2007
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I've been listening to his album all day today and man I love it. Every single song on this album is good and that's rare! He's just great!
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