Paolo Nutini - These Streets (Music CD)
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Nutini’s songs suggest he knows an awful lot about the vicissitudes of life
and love, and demonstrate his unique gift for expressing in song the attitudes
and experiences of someone his age. ‘These Streets’ records his experiences
of moving to London, a song which wistfully name checks the places in which he
grew up and is sure to strike a chord with anyone who has ever lived in bedsit-land.
"Feeling good, feeling down, telling a few white lies. Its a very personal
record," says Nutini, "but hopefully other people can relate to the
feelings." Many of the songs on the album, including ‘Last Request’ and
‘Rewind, were inspired by a turbulent relationship with a girlfriend, and ‘Jenny
Dont Be Hasty’ is a true story about encounters with an older woman.
Despite the Italian name, the Nutini family have lived in Paisley for at least four generations. Paolos great-grandfather opened the fish and chip shop in Paisley, which his parents now run. Nutini grew up hanging out and later working in the shop but was always surrounded by music. His grandfather - commemorated in the elegiac ‘Autumn’ on the album - played him Scottish folk songs by the Corries and a local priest would often come round to play boogie-woogie on the family piano. Exposure to 50s rocknroll came via his fathers love of the Drifters, and amongst an aunts record collection he found a Ray Charles album, which began his love of classic soul. Further influences inlcude the work of such classic troubadours as John Martyn and Van Morrison. When the opportunity arose to tour the UK as a roadie for a friends band, Paolo quit school in Glasgow and the die was cast. After moving to London, he performed regularly at the Bedford in Balham, later signing to Atlantic Records shortly after his 18th birthday.
1. Jenny Don’t Be Hasty
2. Last Request
4. Million Faces
5. These Streets
6. New Shoes
7. White Lies
8. Loving You
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