These Streets

These Streets

by Paolo NutiniPaolo 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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/05/2006
Label: Atlantic Uk
UPC: 5051011501722
catalogNumber: 115017

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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