Sunny Side Up
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Yet what's most striking about this album is how unconditionally, unashamedly musical it is. It sounds like music made by someone who wants to share the sheer joy of his songs with the world. The reviewer at musicOHM gets it somewhat right when he says, "Sunny Side Up is bonkers in a good old-fashioned English sense and Nutini's devil may care attitude should be applauded by all right-minded lovers of artistic sidesteps."
So I'll do some applauding.
The comparisons are many: Otis Redding. John Martyn. Maybe a spot of Johnny Cash. Cat Stevens. Van Morrison. For me, the reference that comes to mind most often is Bryan Ferry. It's not just Nutini's warble, his overtly melodic, full-throated soul croon that reminds me of Ferry. It's his songs: songs that don't particularly care whether they're of their own time. I'm reminded of how, on The Bride Stripped Bare, Ferry made all manner of genres his own and somehow managed to produce a coherent classic that didn't relate at all to the prevalent records of the time. All slick suits and glam, most of Roxy Music's 1970s output is, of course, directly opposed to the trends of the day. Throughout all that opposition, though, it shines by virtue of its sheer musicality, its musical daring. Its warm embrace of both classic 60s soul and European cabaret comfortably meets somewhere in a very likable middle.
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Love me some tini :)
Three years ago he seemed like just another bland singer-songwriter from UK, following the footprints of the James Morrisons and James Blunts, but he was't terribly thrilled about this.
With Ethan Johns as co-producer (whose past credits have included Ryan Adams and Kings of Leon) and more creative freedom, he roughs it up and instead fancies rebranding himself as a mongrel hybrid of Otis Redding and Bob Marley.
It's a doomed quest, inevitably, though you can't help but admire the undediable talent, sincere intent and the lop-sided ambition.
There's no polish or politesse here.
Instead, Paolo plays the raggedly soulful Paisley boy: mixing up bygone styles is very much his thing.
So "Sunny Side Up" parps into life with "10/10", which is kind of...Caledonian reggae.
The folk tinged "Chamber Music" sounds like a very ropy demo before yielding to a delightful whistle and accordion theme.
The flute and ukelele bounce of "High Hopes" is the quirky standout.
"Coming Up Easy" and "No Other Way" have a whiff of early Atlantic soul/Stax groove, "Tricks Of The Trade" could be a sliver of early Bob Dylan, "Simple Things" a stab at Johnny Cash country.
The ragtime roll of Pencil Full Of Lead" has the flavour of a mix of 50's skiffle, traditional jazz and blues.
"Candy" has the ghost of some half-forgotten AOR classic in its bones. Some people mihgt hear on it a young Scottish Bruce Springsteen.Read more ›
This is how good think this album is: As I listened to it, I realized with a start that I'm probably too old to watch the career of this young talent unfold in full. I've never thought anything like that, for any artist, ever. I appreciate his musical experimentation, and I hope he keeps it up. If he wants to sing oom-pah tunes in the future -- not my favorite -- I'll still give him a listen, because he has a way of making the old feel new again.
For what it's worth, I'm new to Paolo Nutini, thanks to a Week-End Edition segment on NPR on Aug. 8th. Don't you get the greatest feeling when you discover an artist that makes your heart smile? Both of his CD's do that and more though, I must confess, I prefer Sunny Side Up just for the sheer variety and exuberance.
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I received the 3 cd's I ordered within 2 days. Amazing. ThanksPublished 3 months ago by P. Cappello
Great artist I recently discovered. Catchy music from a talented artist.Published 4 months ago by Linda
I only recently became familiar with PN so I'm going in reverse order. After loving most of Caustic Love, I purchased Sunny Side Up and was a bit disappointed at first. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Southern Man
Liked this album and wanted to know more about the man...just read the first unofficial biog Paolo Nutini: Coming Up Easy...a great read full of colour and humour.Published 9 months ago by PAOLO FAN CLUB
I bought this CD for one song, but am finding I like several on the albumPublished 11 months ago by anonymous
Yes it's true that there is no discernible cohesive theme to this cd other than it's PAOLO NUTINI! He explores everything & doesn't hold back a bit. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jewels