Release Date: Sep 16, 2014
Record label: Atlantic
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter
Caustic Love is the first album of new material from multi-platinum singer and songwriter Paolo Nutini since 2009's Sunny Side Up. On that album, the whiskey-voiced Scot explored retro-soul and R&B piecemeal, weaving them into his pop palette. In the interim, the 27-year-old has been soaking up the soul and funk sounds of Motown, Atlantic, Stax, vintage New Orleans, Daptone funk, and more.
Poor Paolo. He wants to be James Brown, funky horns'n'all, and people lump him in with Jameses Blunt, Morrison and Arthur. That'll be why the 27-year-old Scot had taken five years to unleash this third album, an ambitious stab at morphing into a mature soul man. And it's worked. Gone are the jaunty ….
Eight long years have passed since Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini burst onto the scene as a young 19-year-old with his poignant love ballad Last Request. It was the first of a series of successful singles from his debut album, with Jenny Don’t Be Hasty, Rewind and New Shoes all performing well in the UK Singles Chart. The album itself, These Streets, also charted well – even if it did receive a rather damning one star review from this very site.
Perhaps it's his lounge singer name, his dishevelled good looks or his penchant for creating vastly profitable Radio 2-friendly hits, but Paolo Nutini has never been granted the discerning acclaim such a voice deserves. His third album, the follow up to 2009's 1. 8m-selling Sunny Side Up, however, aims to put an end to that: the 27-year-old and his whisky-soaked words writhe their way around a multitude of Motown-inflected could-be singles, paying homage to Prince, Marvin Gaye, Echo and the Bunnymen, the Beach Boys and D'Angelo along the way.