Paisley-born singing sensation Paolo Nutini made his long-awaited live comeback earlier this month (February 11), as he serenaded invited fans and music industry guests with a variety of new material during an intimate gig at London’s Boston Arms.
The 27-year-old Scottish singer used the show to debut a selection unheard material from his forthcoming third album Caustic Love, set for release in April, opening with his new single ‘Scream (Funk My Life Up)’, which is most certainly full of ‘Funk’.
The new material – the first since his 2009, multi-million selling album Sunny Side Up – certainly showed off his talents as a triple-threat singer, songwriter and musician. With some rather mature lyrics and truly impressive vocal arrangements, the album seems like it will be something a little different from the previous two.
More than anything the new songs showed how he has matured as an artist over the years, through both the change in his sound and a progression of his music. That said, his musical inspirations could still be heard throughout. If you closed your eyes during the song appropriately named ‘Numptie’ you could have been transported back in time to the 1960s and its 10-strong, big band sound, a style that Nutini very much loves. He definitely wouldn’t seem out of place alongside some of the greats such as Muddy Waters, and would have almost certainly have been signed to the legendary Chess Records.
Above all, it was incredible how many genres the new record seems to encompass, with bluesy undertones and a hint of Brit Pop to boot, meaning that there really is something for everyone on this album!
The intimacy of the gig was a nice way to ease Paolo back into the swing of things, with a real mental connection between the singer and the audience. Everything about his performance was believable; the sign of a true artist.
If this gig was anything to go by, Caustic Love will be just as big, if not bigger than his previous two albums, making this year a busy one for the soul singer.
The only thing that is missing from Paolo’s return though is a harmonica player like Little Walter, to compliment that saxophone!
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