Paolo Nutini is interesting acoustic pop, he's quite young and has a bit to learn. However if you like this sort of thing, then Paolo isn't bad, but it's not going to spring any surprises.
I'll give it 7/10.
ARTIST: PAOLO NUTINI
ALBUM: THESE STREETS
LABEL: ATLANTIC RECORDS
PR: MOMENTUM PR
Following acclaimed performances at SXSW and Radio 1's Big Weekend, there's a certain momentum building behind the Scottish 18 year-old. Despite his Paisley background, the exotic Nutini name comes from an Italian great-grandfather who opened the fish and chip shop in his home town.
These Streets chronicles the life of a teenager moving from familiar surroundings to bed-sit land in London. He sings with an innocent naivety on 'Last Request' and 'Rewind' about his turbulent relationship with a girlfriend, and an intriguing encounter with an older woman on 'Jenny Don't Be Hasty'.
Get out your flip flops and sunglasses 'cause Paolo Nutini, with his angelic sweet voice and gentle acoustic strums, has created a summertime record if ever there was one. It doesn't claim to push genre boundaries, or reinvent any wheels, but there are some nice melodies and pop choruses. File it alongside Jack Johnson et al. His youthful pin up looks and blend of acoustic pop will help These Streets to soundtrack summer parties and student dorms everywhere.
Download Autumn here for free (legally).