Sunny Side Up (2009)
|Artist: Paolo Nutini|
|Atlantic recording artist Paolo Nutini returns with his eagerly awaited second album Sunny Side Up. Produced by Ethan Johns (Kings Of Leon, Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne), Sunny Side Up sees Nutini continuing to mine his arresting brand of soulful modern pop. Songs such as 'Ten Out Of Ten' and 'Coming Up Easy' display the gifted tunesmith's ever-growing knack for irrepressible melodies melded with insightful and intimate lyricism, all held together by Paolo's gritty and unpredictable vocal stylings.|
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|Singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini is an enigma, anomaly, or something else entirely. The Scotsman with the Italian name lets loose a voice which sounds like it's echoing out of the Gulf of Mississippi halfway between Mobile and Montego Bay. His 2009 sophomore album, SUNNY SIDE UP, ups the disconnect ante with a timeless tone which seems to gather up more styles from the nexus of the 1960s and `70s than is sonically possible. At different times on this enchanting record, and often even within the same song, Nutini can conjure up Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Cliff, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and the list goes on ad infinitum. However, the echoes of his contemporaries like Mayer and Mraz remain on an affable affair of an LP.|
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|Release Date : 06/01/2009|
|Original Release Date : 2009|
|Catalog ID : 2564690137|
|Label : Atlantic (Label)|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00825646901371|
- "[I]t's the diversity heard throughout Nutini's sophomore effort that gives this AC singer/songwriter a leg up."
- "4 stars out of 5 -- "Everything here is rooted in the traditional -- soul, jazz, country, old-fashioned rock'n'roll....He's conjured up a low-key gem and a minor revelation."
"Musically where I'm at, I don't really have a genre or style that I feel a part of," explains Paolo. "I skip from Djhango Reinhart to Cab Calloway to Canned Heat. It's a bit of a random mish mash. I honestly wanted it all to come out, and not harness it, not manipulate it. I just wanted it to be organic, and so immediate it's in your face and you can't help but take it all in."
Paolo's musical journey has been quite unique. He recalls hearing The Drifters "When My Little Girl is Smiling" aged five: "I was just looking at the CD player, and I'm so happy. Nobody's tickling me, nobody's making me laugh, I'm just happy." It was all downhill from there. "I latched onto singing as the one thing I could do." He dropped out of school at 16, singing, roadieing and working as a studio engineer. He moved to London and signed to Atlantic Records in 2005, shortly after his 18th birthday.
"The first album there was a lot of angst. I was very naive. I thought I was on top of the whole thing but I really didnt know what I was getting into." He had written songs "like a diary" about splitting up with his teenage sweetheart, Teri, but in the middle of recording he ran into her in a bar.
"It was two years on and we've been together ever since. I had to go and record these songs when she was back in the frame. It was bizarre. I had that relief, while singing about wanting relief. This album is a more positive record. Any of the conflict is now in me, looking at myself, deciding who I really am. Everything I thought I knew I was and where I thought I was going just seems to be opened up completely. It's a whole new playground again. There's a feeling of freedom."