Paolo Nutini: Sunny Side Up

~ Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Ohh that tricky second album. The Paisley lad was shot to stardom with the run away success of his debut These Streets. That success was always going to have an eager audience out there for a follow up and Sunny Side Up will make most of them happy with it's somewhat uninspired mix of blue eyed soul, folk, reggae and skiffle.

Nutini has to be applauded for tackling styles of music that don't normally feature in mainstream music, but if you are going to pull it off, then you need bigger boots than he can fill.

The first single from the album, Candy is a prime example of what is wrong with this album.The vocals are awful. Imaging Rab C Nesbitt singing karaoke while sucking a gobstopper and you will get the idea and the arrangement makes it sound like it was recorded in the Seventies .

Album opener 10/10 sound like a Bad Manners tribute band while Growing Up Beside You starts of sounding like a gentle sea shanty, before it all goes down hill as soon as the vocals start.

Pencil Full Of Lead and High Hopes offer no respite from the relentless vocal drawl.

I'm sure that somewhere behind the sloppy production and muddy vocals there is a great album trying to get out, I just can't be bothered to find it.

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