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Definitely my favourite Paolo Nutini album. It is the first of three - although I believe he might possibly be writing number 4 at the moment.
The songs here are performed by a young Nutini - aged just 19. I was immediately taken in after watching a video of 'New Shoes' on The Hits music TV channel back in the day...
'New Shoes' remains one of my favourite songs on the album with its catchy true and cheesy pop lyrics. The seemingly romance behind 'Last Request' is also a winner for its cheesy/slightly corny lyrics.
I love 'Autumn' - a song written by Nutini for his Italian Ma and Pa (grandparents). This song truly shows off his beautiful and unique voice.
'White Lies' is another great, under-rated tune which is very comforting and relaxing to listen to.
'These Streets'. OK, I really have to at least mention the track which gives its name to the album. Despite being the title track, 'These Streets' does seem to have slipped away from the consciousness of most over the years. However, I still love it and enjoy singing along to it to my family's delight (or not, ha!)
Songs such as 'Jenny Don't Be Hasty' are extremely catchy. Very very very very very catchy.
Overall, the album has a really interesting mix of acoustic-y and soft sounding songs and poppy, catchy, bright tunes. I enjoy listening to both types time and time again, and so 'These Streets' is a remarkable album that truly has stuck with me through the years.
A great album, every song on it is a really good one. It is different to his newer album "Sunny Side up" as his voice has a more mature edge to it and so it has a more heartfelt side to it. His lyrics are soulful and there is a continuous theme to the album which is love and throughout the album he touches upon various ideas such as his girlfriends fidelity in "Jenny Don't be Hasty". A lot of these tracks are pones that may not initially grab your attention but after a few listens you will fall in love with them. It's a great album to put on in the background for mood music but also it is an album to listen to completely.
"Jenny Don't Be Hasty" (Paolo Nutini, Jimmy Hogarth) - 3:29
"Last Request" (Nutini, Jim Duguid, Matty Benbrook) - 3:41
"Rewind" (Nutini, Duguid) - 4:19
"Million Faces" (Nutini, Benbrook, Pauline Taylor) - 3:41
"These Streets" (Nutini, Pete Wilkinson, Sarah Erasmus) - 3:53
"New Shoes" (Nutini, Benbrook, Duguid) - 3:21
"White Lies" (Nutini, John Fortis) - 4:00
"Loving You" (Nutini, Duguid, Chris Leonard) - 4:00
"Autumn" (Nutini, Duguid) - 2:50
"Alloway Grove" (Nutini, Rollo Armstrong) - 14:12
As it has been out for a long time now it is available quite cheaply. I would say that if you like this album don't be deceived about the newer album "Sunny Side up" it has a completely different feel and I personally have struggled to find songs on it that I like.
Paolo Nutini was 19 years of age when this album was released and for it's style of music, you'd think these songs would be the work of a singer who had been around for quite a while. These Streets is Paolo Nutini's debut album which features 10 calm relaxing songs including 4 singles - Last Request, Jenny Don't Be Hasty, Rewind and New Shoes. This album to date has sold in excess of 700,000 copies and for a debut album this figure is pretty amazing as well as competitive. Despite this figure the album only reached 3rd in the UK album chart. The songs and my ratings are as follows:
1 - Jenny Don't Be Hasty - A great way to kick off the album. One of four singles included in the album and you can see why. A sort of soft rock song that keeps you in the mood as well as relaxed. 8.5/10
2 - Last Request - A very calm, soothing, relaxing song with some great vocals and lyrics. My favorite track on the album and fully deserves to be a single. 9.5/10
3 - Rewind - Not the best single included on the album but it still fits in perfectly and is easy to listen to. A very chilled out song again from the young Scot. 7.5/10
4 - Million Faces - Like the previous song it fits in perfectly with the album and fully deserves to be included . Very soft and gentle and at this point of the album you really start to sit back and enjoy. 7.5/10
5 - These Streets - The fifth very consistent song on the album and once again, very calm, very relaxing some great lyrics and terrific vocals. Very easy to listen to and one of the albums best. 8/10
6 - New Shoes - The fourth single included on the album and it deserves to have been turned into a single. A very unique and original song and it keeps with the consistency and the same great quality's as the other songs. 9/10
7 - White Lies - This is the point where the album starts to turn from great to average and hence the four stars rating. One of four songs you feel have just been created to pad out the album. 6/10
8 - Loving You - Probably the best of the average songs but still not up to the standard of the first 6. Keeps with the themes of relaxation. 6.5/10
9 - Autumn - Nothing bad, nothing special. Just your normal average song - pads out the album. 6/10
10 - Alloway Grove - Leaves the album on the soft note as it started. Not terrible, not great. Another average song. 6.5/10
I hav a little crush on the 18 year old Italian Scot revealed in this sweet acoutic album. Featuring hits such as "Jenny, Don't Be Hasty", "New Shoes" and "Rewind", this is a beautiful mixture of slow and fast, happy and smooth- and never missing the subtle prescence of an acouctic guitar and an unusual, soulful, smokey voice.
Whats even better is every track on the 2006 release is brilliant, catchy, unique and clever- i find myself singing my favourites even now. I love the actual single "These Streets", as it is great example of the continuous musical ability of collegeboy Nutini...with its wistful lyrics and lonely guitar strumming, its wonderfully simplistic yet bold. He is successful- touring with this album as well as his new one, "Sunny Side Up".
Even three years after the Atlantic records release, it is still worth purchasing (from £4.98 at Amazon) to chilling out to in your bedroom or at a BBQ with songs such as "Rewind", "Million Faces" and "Alloway Grove" or grooving along to more jumpy, speedy and instrumentally challenging pieces such as "Jenny Don't Be Hasty" and "New Shoes".
Featuring 10 songs, this is a gorgeous album written by a gorgeous man, with a gorgeous voice.
Signed by atlantic records shortly after turning 18, it was clear to see Nutini must have had something special. Releasing this debut album aged just 19, the scottish then-teenager displayed an amazing talent that defies his years. The singer / songwriter will take your breath away with this fantastic album.
Opening with 'these streets', (the album cover) Nutini's voice will grab your attention from the very start of this album. This song was first released as a free download to generate interest in his debut album in Britain; and it worked, as this went straight to number 3 in the british album charts. Soulful music pours from his album, with the wonderful guitar backing present throughout.
This is laid back acoustic music with a mixture of tempos. There are the slow, spine chilling tracks such as 'autmn' and 'white lies'. There are also the quicker 'loving you' and 'new shoes'. The album draws to a close with an amazing 12 minute track, 'alloway grove' that starts of very quickly and changes pace throughout, with a silent 30 seconds right in the middle. Strangely capturing your attention, that last track is definitely one of my favourites from Nutini.
I look forward to purchasing his new album 'sunny side up'. As you can get this first album for around £5 now, I would urge anybody who doesn't own it to make that small investment.
Paolo nutini although sounding like an italian name is far from it hailing from scotland this 22 year olds debut album hit the shops in 2006/7
This fresh faced singer song writer is my mates favourite album,he lent it to me on a wim and after playing it so much i went out and brought 2 copies not because i loved it that much, but because i scratched his playing it so much.
What struck me about this album(these streets) firstly is how nutinis voice really sounds its soft but yet so powerful and you can really hear the passion come through in his songs.
I have never really been a big fan of singer songwriters james blunt being one of them but paolo is different. His first single of the album Last request is a sweet tale of a young man and his girlfriend with the lyrics and chorus being at the for front of his arsnal also check out the video which is really good with a cool little twist in it.
Another single of the album is these shoes with a catchy beat this is defiantly a song for the summer.
I could write loads about this but wouldnt want to bore its better to listen and make your own opiniom take a second out to listen to one or two tracks and you can pick the album up for about a fiver depends where you go which is good value for money. Which is a good thing considering todays current climate.
hope my review was helpful
These Streets is the first album from Scottish singer songwriter Paolo Nutini. He was born in 1987 and this album was released in 2006 making him just 19 at the time of release. For someone so young he has an amazing voice and exceptional talent for writing songs and putting his heart and soul into singing them. This album has been one of my favourites ever since I first listened to it. I prefer the ballads on it, as I think these show off his voice best. Most of the songs on the album are mellow chill out tunes, but there are a couple of more upbeat ones such as New Shoes and Jenny Don't Be Hasty. There isn't a bad song on the album and you can't help but be mesmerised by his voice. My track by track rundown is as follows....
1. Jenny Don't be Hasty - This was one of his singles, and is one of the more upbeat songs on the album. Its got quite a funky beat to it and a very catchy chorus.
2. Last Request - This was another single, this is a slow ballad about a relationship that is ending but he wants his last request granted which is to be with the girl just one more time before it's over. At the end of the cd, if you let the last track run on for a couple of minutes silence there is a piano version of this song which is amazing, its just him and the piano and it really shows you what a great performer he is.
3. Rewind. This one is also another ballad, about a relationship that has ended and the state that his life is in since the breakup. Its got such a catchy chorus - "I'm not sleeping at night, but I'm going from bar to bar. Why can't we just rewind?" This is one of the ones he really sings from the heart, so much so that I am convinced he is writing this from true-life experience.
4. Million Faces. Another mellow one... This one I think is about the world being such a busy place, we all have busy lives and wear ourselves out, sometimes we need to just stop and rest and recharge our batteries.
5. These Streets. The title track of the album, and deservedly so. This is my favourite off the album. Its got a catchy tune and lyrics that anyone who has moved to a different city can relate to - its about how you leave your home town and can feel like you are a million miles away from home. I listen to this on the odd occasion that I commute in to London, the line "As I struggle to the train to make my way home" really rings home after a long day! This is such an amazing ballad and I never tire of listening to it.
6. New shoes. This is one of the other upbeat songs on here, its quite lively! Its about someone getting a pair of new shoes and the effect is has on them when they wear them. I believe this was written based on experience of when someone bought Paolo some new shoes!! A good catchy number.
7. White Lies. This song is enhanced with piano melodies and sweeping strings which just make you want to close your eyes and lost yourself in the song. I'm not quite sure of the story behind this one (though I'm guessing its something to do with white lies!) but I do know that this is a beautiful piece of music.
8. Loving You. This is slightly more jazzy ballad about how much he loves a girl and how happy he is when he's with her. This one shows off his vocal range a bit more, its very catchy and you're sure to like it.
9. Autumn. Another ballad, this time with piano. I think this one is about loneliness, as it talks about the autumn leaves falling from the trees and having nothing to hold on to as they fall to the ground. This song again just totally absorbs you in to it, the music is enchanting.
10. Alloway Grove. The last track on the album, this one has an upbeat folk sound to it. I think this is about him travelling home to see a girl, who when he gets there realises has gone away. Even though the content sounds sad, its actually a really upbeat song - I dare you to try not to sing along to the "la la la la la" bit in the middle!
Overall I think this is a stunning collection of songs written by a very talented young man.
I bought this CD AGES ago and I still haven't grown sick of it!
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The tracks on the CD, and my rating out of 10 for each are as follows:
1. Jenny Don't Be Hasty 9/10
2. Last Request 10/10
3. Rewind 10/10
4. Million Faces 7/10
5. These Streets 9/10
6. New Shoes 10/10
7. White Lies 8/10
8. Loving You 9/10
9. Autumn 7/10
10. Alloway Grove 8/10
As you can clearly see, I haven't given any of these tracks lower than 7/10 which is pretty special because this is one of the only albums I have of which I actually enjoy all the songs on the CD rather than having a few favourites and just skipping the other (which lets be honest makes the album a bit of a waste of money)
The tracks are definitely similar but I wouldn't say they all sound the same, like some people seem to claim. My favourite track would probably be Rewind, this is because it has a really catchy tune and you will find yourself singing all day, the guitar is great in this too and really compliments Paolo's voice. The guitar is good throughout all of the songs and combines well with the tune of the vocals to create lots of feel good tracks! Jenny Don't Be Hasty is a brilliant track also with the strong and fun bass line.
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Paolo Nutini has an individual and unique rustic Scottish voice and in my opinion one of the best acoustic pop/soul artist around at the moment- even though this album is quite old as was released in 2006. I would definitely recommend it if you enjoy laid back, easy to listen to, relaxing music- I always keep this CD in my car and listen to it, in fact I was relaxing today in the car in the sunny warmth listening to this music.
Paolo has made his own way in fame, he came from a rural part of Scotland, Paisley and originally was expected in his younger years to continue to go into the family fish and chip shop business but instead decided to go for his dream of singing!
It is a little known fact that Paolo first made his name when he was asked to be a support artist for the Fame Academy winner David Sneddon, when David was delayed, Paolo went on stage to sing a few songs to keep the audience entertained and he shot to fame from there!
So if you want to listen to some pure feel good music, from a self-made artist who hasn't been made fake or cliquey by record companies then I would definitely recommend this CD! Bring on Paolo!
Overall a great CD and well worth the money!
Paolo Nutini i have always considered is one of those artists that we didnt see coming, when i first heard him i thought one hit wonder and he was so similiar to James Morrison i really did not think he was going to be all that popular. But Last request is an impressive song that was different enough and pleased to have radio support to give him a flying start and a chance to rival Will Young and Robbie Williams for the crown of Best Male solo artist in the UK. The album although sold well did not sold spectacularly but sold well and as of yet we are yet to see a follow up. He reminds of Leon Jackson james morrison and Enrique Igleasis all rolled up in a blender and this is the result.
What you have is atcually quite an impressive album that has flow and shows what he is all about. I have 4 songs which i absolutely adore and the rest i think are alright. First lets mention the great ones. Jenny Dont Be Hasty very catchy and original reminds me of a movie soundtrack, sang so uniquely with his wierd accent LOL! but meaningful and relatable by many, it did well. Last Request obviously that was his breakthrough song, it did really well and i love that chorus i could hum it now!!
These Streets the song and the title of the album is the best song on the album. I love it i could sing it now These streets have to many...i get bac to you eventually i know.... a unique voice that makes the song, i was livid it wasnt a single best song on the album. Love those verses very descripitive and meaningful. Beautiful song.
New Shoes i thought was slightly lame to be hoenst. I didnt lie Rewind too mucch but nice video. White Lies is to siiliar to the rest of the album. Loving You, autumn and Alloway Grove dont stand out much and his voice started grating on me after that.
It's a short album really and the artwork is all really nice and i would love to hear a follow up. I dont think Paolo can competitive James, Will or Robbie for the crown of Best Male UK Artist but this is a good solo debut record that i am sure Leon Jackson would have preferred to the pop record/jazz record he had to do.
Paolo has a great voice and that's what seperates him from others, maybe thats the accent more than anything else but he shows good promise - put it this way, if it was 4.97 i would be tempeted, but with the beauty of Itunes a penny more and i would just buy the best ones on Itunes.
Despite the name, Paolo Nutini is a scottish artist,his father is of Italian descent, from Barga, Tuscany and his mother is Scottish, although his father's family has been in Scotland for four generations.
It all started for paolo when he was attending David Sneddons(winner of bbc's fame academy)return home concert, paolo performed a couple of songs before hand due to winning a pop competition. A watching crowd member was impressed and offered to be his manager.
This album these streets is a superb album full of catchy songs.
His distintive voice really sets off these guitar based pop songs, though you wouldn't consider him a pop artist.
My favourite track would have to be the brilliant last request, a classic in its own right.Rewind is also a great track, then there is the faster paced new shoes and jenny don't be hasty all of which are great tracks. Autumn leaves is a classic ballad and superbly written and performed.
I love paolo's voice, it is a real breath of fresh air in a music industry full of manufactured pop and that's the difference, when say his are pop songs i don't mean like your average girls aloud song but classic pop songs that will remain classics.
I am highly antisipating the follow up to these streets and hope he stay's true to his roots which are the main source of muse for his first album.
These Streets is Paolo Nutini's first album. Since I have owned it, I really have become addicted to it. Most of the songs generally come in to the acoustic / pop genre, and they are very good to listen to when you want to relax.
Paolo Nutini has a great voice firstly, which is combined with some brillaint guitar playing skills. Generally the songs are quite catchy to listen to, and most of them become quite addictive to listen to.
Here is the song list in the album:
1.Jenny Don't Be Hasty
2. Last Request
4. Million Faces
5. These Streets
6. New Shoes
7. White Lies
8. Loving You
10. Alloway Grove
My favourite song here has to be Rewind, I like the break especially. Loving you and These streets are probably the most catchy songs, with very exciting choruses, and Jenny don't be hasty is also very catchy. Last request on the other hand is very soothing and a very relaxing song. Alloway Grove is a mix of all these songs and because of it is 10 minutes long. Having all this variety in an album makes it very pleasureable to listen to.
The songs on the actual CD are all in very high quality. The files do take up alot of room according to itunes which proves it. The good sound quality of the files could be heard especially when I listened to it through my Bose headphones, and the acoustic guitar especially sounded great.
Paolo Nutini really is a great talent, and his first album sounds amazing. If you have not got it already, I suggest that you buy it. It is £5 off amazon, or can be downloaded off itunes for £8. Five stars
I was bought this album recently for my birthday and have played it everyday since!
The first Paolo Nutini song I heard was Last Request and I loved it, I imagined the singer being a middle aged man from Italy (due to the name) He is actually a 20 year old from Scotland-although his father is Italian.
He has no musical training and his big break came at a David Sneddon concert in his home town. David was delayed and Paolo was the winner of an impromptu pop quiz, the prize being a chance to perform while the crowd waited. As he was so popular with the crowd, a member of the audience offered to become his manager (I presume they were already in the business and not some random person!) The rest is history as they say.
This album is Paolo Nutinis first and Im certain it won't be his last. The cover is quite distinctive with its white, green, red and orange stripes and silhouettes of Paolo with his guitar.
Im one of those people who buys a CD because I like two songs then listen to just those two all the time, with this one I have listened to all the songs and can quite happily leave it playing rather than skipping back and forth. It has a mix of slow, quite sad songs and some feelgood ones too,so you the words are all in the little booklet so you can sing along happily or cry to it when you feeling sorry for yourself.
Im not too clued up on music genres but I would say this one was rock, with a lot of guitar playing, both electric and acoustic. There is also an acoustic version of Last Request right at the end of the CD, there is a long silence after the last song(alloway grove) then it just comes on, it is not mentioned anywhere and I only found it by chance as I left the Cd playing while I was busy - it gave me a bit of a fright but it sent shivers down my spine!!
I think Paolo has a beautiful, distinctive voice and his songs are straight from the heart with people he loves in mind. He sings naturally and you can hear an accent there still. It is rare to find this kind of music these days with all the manufactured bands and singers who can't actually sing. Although some of the songs are slower, he is not as depressing as the likes of James Blunt.
I would definitely recommend you give this album a try
Around five years ago, there was a sudden rush of female solo singer-songwriters coming from North America. They all varied in terms of their sound, their sales and their long term impact, with only their home continent and the fact their debut albums were released at roughly the same time in common.
All these years later and it appears that British male singer-songwriters are the sound of the year. James Blunt took on the Avril Lavigne role; a song the public loved and which sold millions, but which got really quite annoying very quickly. For Norah Jones we have James Morrison, the more laid back and soul influenced among them. In place of Michelle Branch, with the most low key approach of them, not one to attract too many headlines, but no less worthy of a release is Scottish teenager Paolo Nutini.
The album opens on Jenny Dont Be Hasty, which has a blues influenced and bass heavy pop rock sound. Although the vocals are quite light and have more of a pop sound, the music reminds me a little of the Kings of Leon and, as someone who likes the pop-rock sound, this is an encouraging start to an album.
Although Last Request does have a guitar introduction, its obvious very early on that this will not be more of the same. This is a down tempo pop song with a soulful edge to both the guitar and the vocals. Its not as smooth as James Morrison, but Nutini doesnt have the annoying vocal quality of James Blunt and the combination of the two makes me think of Daniel Powters sound, making this a decent guitar led pop ballad.
This theme is continued for Rewind, although theres also a hint of piano in the background. This time, there is a bit of a whine to Nutinis vocal and he does sound a bit more like James Blunt, which isnt really the best idea. This is another pop ballad, but weak in comparison to the previous track.
The intro to Million Faces doesnt give much encouragement that things will improve, but then the vocals come in and its not nearly as bad. This time around, Nutini has gone for a far more laid back tempo and a more soulful vocal, making this sound like a James Morrison ballad. He doesnt quite hit those heights as he doesnt have the same amount of soul, but its a pretty good attempt, which is no bad thing.
Theres a touch of blues in These Streets, giving the song an edge that elevates slightly above the guitar led pop ballad it might otherwise have been. Sadly, the vocals have lost their soulful edge and theres a little of the James Blunt whine returning here, which means this is a difficult song to listen to often, as it gets annoying a bit quicker than most on the album.
As if in compensation for this, the next track is my favourite on the album. It was hearing New Shoes on one of the music channels that persuaded me to buy the album in the first place and no matter how often I listen to it, its still an enjoyable song. Its an up tempo pop song with a bouncy beat and a cheerful tune, making it the perfect song now the weather is getting better and summer is on the way.
Unfortunately, this isnt to continue and White Lies takes the album back to the ballad tracks. Once more, this is an acoustic guitar led pop ballad, much like James Morrisons sound, but without the soulful edge on the vocals. On the plus side, however, the James Blunt whine is also absent and the strings make this sound musically a little like Jeff Buckley, although the vocal performance is not even close to matching up to this.
The tempo is up a little for Loving You, although its not got the bounce of New Shoes. Theres a touch of soul to the vocals, making this sound like a mid-tempo James Morrison track although, much like his work, theres an 80s soul feel that reminds me of Terence Trent DArby in some points.
Theres something different happening with Autumn in that its a piano led track, rather than using the acoustic guitar. Sadly, this combined with a slight whine to the vocals makes this sound like a James Blunt track and its another, along with These Streets that I cant listen to often without getting a little annoyed by it.
Theres a wonderfully bouncy start to Alloway Grove that makes this one of the stand out tracks, along with New Shoes and Jenny Dont Be Hasty. Its another cheerful up tempo pop tune and one you cant help but tap your foot along to. This is the case for the first four minutes or so, at least and then it becomes another song entirely, this one a ballad with a touch of James Blunt about it. Then after this, there are a few minutes of silence and then a stripped down reprise of Last Request, which seems fairly pointless as a hidden track. Youre getting three songs for the price of one here, but I would only have paid for the first one anyway.
Of the trio mentioned above, Paolo Nutini is very much the middle ground. Hes not nearly as annoying as James Blunt, despite the occasional bland moment. On the down side, hes not as consistently good as James Morrison, despite some great pop tracks and an occasional soulful edge to his vocal delivery.
The album as a whole is a little bit of a disappointment and reminds me in some ways of K. T. Tunstalls Eye to the Telescope. Both Nutini and Tunstall are at their best when they pick up the tempo and let themselves go. The tracks at either end of this album and New Shoes in the middle show what Nutini is capable of, but he can also descend into James Blunt style annoyance, as well as some decent enough songs in the middle. This inconsistency can get quite maddening at points and I would prefer to have heard some more up tempo songs.
Still, Nutini is still only a teenager and there is certainly hope for his next album, as its clear he knows how to put a decent song together. If youre into either James Morrison or James Blunt or both, this is a good album to be having. Indeed, if youre a fan of K. T. Tunstall, this is an album you should certainly be buying, as this is most similar to her sound, except with a male vocal.
If this is your kind of thing, its been out long enough that the prices are starting to come down. New copies are still £7.99 from CD Wow or £8.95 and £8.98 from Play and Amazon respectively. But for second hand copies, the Amazon Marketplace will take £5.32 and eBay has had copies available from 99 pence which isnt bad money for what is a harmless enough pop album, with the occasional inspired moment. Its not an essential purchase, but if you like your pop guitar led and laid back, this will be right up your street.
These streets is a masterpiece and is totally full of genius lyrics and beautiful music with the added bonus of paolo nutini wonderful voice.
Im not sure weather its because he has a slight accent to his singing voice or what but he just captures me and takes me on a journey.
I am actually surprised to say that none of the songs on this album are bad.Which is a first for me as there always seems to be at least one song which you quickly skip on an album.
1. jenny dont be hasty
2. last request
4. million faces
5. these streets
6. new shoes
7. white lies
8. loving you
10. alloway grove
All the songs are wonderful but to choose my favourite track would have to be last request as you can really relate to the words he is singing.
I strongly reccomend purchasing this album as i know it will be a classic as this man is oozing talent, i just cant wait until his next release of an album , im sure it also will be a massive hit.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Jenny Dont Be Hasty
2 Last Request
4 Million Faces
5 These Streets
6 New Shoes
7 White Lies
8 Loving You
10 Alloway Grove