These Streets

These Streets

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by Paolo Nutini
     
 

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Despite the fact that he's still in his teens -- and blessed (or cursed) with puppy-dog good looks that threaten to make him a pinup boy -- Paolo Nutini is anything but a processed pop star. Already a platinum seller in the U.K., the 19-year-old Scottish native has a preternaturally soulful voice -- a burnished tenor that's occasionally reminiscent of See more details below

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Despite the fact that he's still in his teens -- and blessed (or cursed) with puppy-dog good looks that threaten to make him a pinup boy -- Paolo Nutini is anything but a processed pop star. Already a platinum seller in the U.K., the 19-year-old Scottish native has a preternaturally soulful voice -- a burnished tenor that's occasionally reminiscent of Steve Winwood -- and a knack for sounding at home in surroundings both lush and stripped down. He takes the latter approach a little less often, but when he does -- as on the fiery acoustic closer, "Alloway Grove" -- he brings forth a slightly saltier, more acerbic facet of his personality. That makes for a nice counterpoint to the disc's more heavily orchestrated pieces, such as the swelling, deceptively dark "Last Request," on which he dips deep for a wounded tone that homes in on the heartstrings with eagle-eyed precision. For the bulk of These Streets, Nutini concentrates on matters of the heart, and being the incurably romantic type, most of his musings are of the woeful sort. The sonic range -- which takes in everything from the bluesy strains of "Loving You" to the doe-eyed folk-pop of "Jenny Don't Be Hasty" -- keeps the disc from slipping into monochrome. It also bodes well for Nutini's future -- after all, once he's old enough to have a beer Stateside, his outlook (and his sound) is bound to open up even more.

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
It's easy enough for a teenager to write songs about heartbreak and falling in love and all those difficult places in between, but it is much less easy to do so without coming across as whiny or melodramatic. Paolo Nutini, who was still a teenager when he recorded his debut, These Streets, manages for the most part to successfully convey his (barely) post-pubescent feelings of love and lust (which are often interchangeable) fairly convincingly. He certainly has some help -- every track has at least one other co-writer -- but Nutini, with his prematurely world-weary gravely voice, does his part to show honest emotion. On his first single, the fantastically poppy "Jenny Don't Be Hasty," the singer tries to convince an "older woman" that his youth doesn't have to negatively affect their relationship, and though the lyrics are fairly simple, as they are on all the tracks on the album (the overt metaphor in "New Shoes," for example, is more than a little hackneyed), they're effective and almost endearing in the way he tries to pretend to be older ("Don't treat me like a baby/Let me take you where you let me," he pleads). Occasionally he does go a bit overboard and tries to be too adult, like in "Rewind" -- a weak point in the album -- where he reminisces about the relationship he had had two years before, when he was 16, and it ends up seeming forced. Generally, however, his sentiments are expressed in a way that convey his age appropriately, like in "Loving You," which has him singing bluntly, "I think it's time for all those morals to leave/Let's get down and freaky baby," or in the title song, where he confesses that growing up can be overwhelming, and is touchingly honest and insightful and not dragged down in its own reflection. Nutini's Scottish brogue mixes nicely with the album's (sometimes too) clean production, and it all works well to make blue-eyed soul-influenced radio pop, with melodies that take a minute or so before they grab you, so that they're catchy but not annoyingly so. These Streets won't blow anyone away with its creativeness or ingenuity, but it's done well and it's direct and open and enjoyable to listen to, which is more than enough.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2007
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075679463425
catalogNumber:
94634
Rank:
39111

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paolo Nutini   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Hunter   Bass,Double Bass
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Ken Nelson   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Recorder,Choir, Chorus,Wurlitzer
Eddie Harrison   Guitar,Soloist,Guitar (Tremolo)
Pauline Taylor   Background Vocals
Dave Nally   Wurlitzer
Jim Duguid   Percussion,Piano,Strings,Drums,Keyboards,Double Bass
Vicky Hollywood   Cello
Michael McDaid   Bass
Donny Little   Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Matty Benbrook   Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Ken Nelson   Producer,Engineer
Mark Pythian   Engineer
John Fortis   Composer
Pauline Taylor   Composer
Peter Wilkinson   Composer
Tom Elmhirst   Producer
Richard Wilkinson   Engineer
Andy Green   Producer
Rollo Armstrong   Composer
Chris Leonard   Composer
Robert Gold   Art Direction
Jimmy Hogarth   Composer
Paolo Nutini   Composer
Jim Duguid   Composer,Producer
Dominic Leung   Cover Design
Matty Benbrook   Programming
Wil Malone   String Arrangements

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These Streets 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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the best since rhett miller nothing can come close to this guy
Guest More than 1 year ago
absolutely terrific!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very few cd(s) are truly listenable from start to finish -- This one is! It's great. The only critique is - it's too short!
Guest More than 1 year ago
So much talent with this generation of artists...we see Jonny Lang, John Mayer, James Morrison and Paolo Nutini...many more...Nutini is rich with originality and a unique flavorful voice that sets him apart and in a league all his own. As far as the critique by Marissa Brown...she has missed her mark I am afraid and lacks ability to move away from the focus of writing a stuffy and almost snobbish commentary failing to reference the obvious metamorphosis and unfolding of brilliance we are witnessing here.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The entire Cd is great! I can't wait for his second one.
Holly_girl More than 1 year ago
I bought this as soon as it was released, and I completely love it. I'm sure I play it every day and have learned all the lyrics. Can you believe how young Nutini is? He seems so much older in his music. I can't wait for another CD, but I can't imagine it topping this one! I'm starting to hear his music everywhere: movies, etc. I heard him this morning in the background of Good Morning America. I'm happy for him, but at the same time, I loved it when I felt like no one else knew of him (my little secret). Silly me. He's a star, a gift to the world.
IzaIR More than 1 year ago
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!
CathyBCF More than 1 year ago
Great CD All cuts are very good. I enjoy it so much.
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