There’s not many artists that can rekindle forgotten fires after 8 dormant years in an ever-thriving and an ever-changing music world.
I can name all but a few – with Adele being the prominent one. Paolo Nutini is also one within that list. For the past 6 years, Paolo has been seemingly finding himself once again by learning how to speak his own language.
After extensively touring his 2014’s chart-topping Caustic Love, Nutini dedicated himself time and well deserved break to tap into a reserved chamber of musical vocabulary that he hadn’t wholeheartedly put into proper use up to this point.
The result? His fourth studio album: Last Night in the Bittersweet. Often enlightening, often temperamental, Last Night is a fond storybook of evocative experiences awash with layers of different sounds delicately dabbled over and plucked from every genre we’ve come to know over the years.
Titled as such, it’s far from a particularly upbeat album as we saw on his fruity Sunny Side Up in 2009. Shed the eutrophic choruses of Coming Up Easy and Pencil Full Of Lead to a far more reserved and matured singer-songwriter in its place as we receive a selection from sorrowful acoustics of Abigail to straight-edged indie rock Shine A Light staple, seeming through album stand-out Through The Echoes – simply beautiful as any other written piece before it from Caustic Love – to the sultry jazz number Take Me Take Mine and finally landing on sheen and preen Lose It, a billowing tide of post-punk noise led my Nutini’s writing utensil of choice – …
the bass guitar.
With little to no anticipation set by either artist or label, the album seemingly came out of nowhere from a string of pre-singles released in the month of June, and no more than a few weeks later, out came the full album. Although this may seem counter-intuitive to promote new music to new fans coming into the fold, it tells you all you need to know about Paolo as a music artist. He needs introduction. Rather, he lets the music do the talking and if you have one critique for one song, he has 15 others to change your mind.
Lyrically stunning with Paolo’s angelic voice stronger than ever, its a poetic statement of brilliant music. His comeback is in full flow… and he has a UK tour to boot.