Paolo Nutini - These Streets

Benjamin Short 10/06/2006

Rating: 4/5

Many listeners will dismiss Paolo Nutini as a lightweight MOR tunesmith, but 'These Streets', his gentle, uplifting debut single is likely to overwhelm the summertime airwaves. Like an Irish-Italian Nick Drake, he strikes a satisfying balance between pessimism and positivity. Already the anticipation is building for his forthcoming album, also entitled 'These Streets', which is due for release later this summer.

Paolo Nutini's first physical single 'Last Request' will be released on July 3 through Atlantic Records. This will be followed by his debut album 'These Streets', produced by Ken Nelson (Coldplay/Gomez), on July 17. The single is currently playlisted on Virgin, Capital, Radio 1's upfront list and XFM Manchester & Scotland.