Paolo Nutini's New Album Finds 'Caustic Love' At Hands Of Critics

Paolo Nutini's new album has been out for nearly a week giving music critics chance to chew over the Scottish singer-songwriter's third studio effort, Caustic Love. Released five years after 2009's five times platinum-selling Sunny Side Up, Nutini's new 13 track-long follow-up has a lot to live up to but seems to be doing pretty well in the charts and at the hands of reviewers.

Paolo Nutini
Paolo Nutini New Album, 'Caustic Love,' Is Looking Set To Claim UK Number One This Week.

Caustic Love looks set to become the fastest-selling UK album of the year as its sets zoom to threaten The Kaiser Chiefs' two week dominance at the top. It has sold more than 59,000 copies already this week: just 10,000 copies behind the entire first week tally of 2014's current record holder, The Power Of Love by Sam Bailey, which topped the Chart last month, according to the Official Charts Company.

It's not all based on expensive marketing and the success of Sunny Side Up though: The Independent gives Caustic Love five stars, saying: "Not only is Nutini reaching the feral depths once plumbed by those raw-throated voices, but he's locked into the spirit of that most golden of soul eras, with subtly updated adaptations of classic soul styles."

Paolo Nutini Dressed To Kilt
As Usual, The Singer Is Accused Of Not Having Yet Found His Musical Niche.

The Telegraph can't seem to get past Nutini's apparent lack of commitment to one musical style, saying that his third studio effort finds him "still skittering around in search of an artistic identity." However, Helen Brown finally settles on a positive note, writing "There are still enough high points, though, including the tender, acoustic Better Man, the smooth nightclub sound of Diana and the rock soul epic Iron Sky."

"Paolo will be the first to admit that he isn't re-inventing music on Caustic Love - or even attempting to do so," agrees Digital Spy before deciding that "what he has achieved is a mature and impassioned record that has something bold to say."

The Guardian tunes in its ear to those many confounding musical references on Caustic Love: "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."

Harriet Gibsone also notes that the distinctively-voiced singer seems to be motivated by both environmental concern and sex: "the tremendous Iron Sky and Looking for Something point towards existential earnestness with soaring emotion; but for the most part he's on a libido-driven warpath, such as on Scream (Funk My Life Up) and the Janelle Monae-featuring Fashion."

Ah, well we wondered what the Caustic Love cover art was inspired by...

Released on the 14th April, Caustic Love by Paolo Nutini is out now.


More: Paolo Nutini suffers from stage fright - find out more.

More: Paolo Nutini turned to carpentry during musical hiatus.

Watch Paolo Nutini's 'Coming Up Easy' Music Video:


Contactmusic

Tags: Paolo Nutini - Janelle Monae


Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Fifty Shades Of Grey Trailer

Anastasia Steele is a shy college student who is forced to interview an enigmatic entrepreneur named Christian...

Fifty Shades Of Grey Trailer

Oscar Tipped Al Pacino Movie 'Manglehorn' Set for Venice Film Festival

David Gordon Green's Manglehorn - a drama featuring a promising...

Oscar Tipped Al Pacino Movie 'Manglehorn' Set for Venice Film Festival

Zack Snyder Tweets Batman/Star Wars Crossover Picture at Comic-Con 2014

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Synder sent the...

Zack Snyder Tweets Batman/Star Wars Crossover Picture at Comic-Con 2014

'Pirates of The Caribbean 5' Is Coming in 2017 - Whether You Like it or Not

Disney has confirmed that Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No...

'Pirates of The Caribbean 5' Is Coming in 2017 - Whether You Like it or Not

Pharrell Williams Ft. Miley Cyrus - Come Get It Bae Video

Pharrell Williams teams up with Miley Cyrus in the dance frenzy that is his video for...

Pharrell Williams - Come Get It Bae Video

Best Actor? Can Benedict Cumberbatch See Off Oscars Competition?

Benedict Cumberbatch’s acting career seems unstoppable...

Best Actor? Can Benedict Cumberbatch See Off Oscars Competition?
Advertisement

Let Battle Commence: Superhero Studios Fight for Best Opening Weekend

We live in a movie world of superheroes at the moment with franchise...

Let Battle Commence: Superhero Studios Fight for Best Opening Weekend

After The Success of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes', What's Next?

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has been a huge success both critically...

After The Success of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes', What's Next?

'Mad Max: Fury Road' - New Stills and Poster Appear From Comic Con [Pictures]

Max Max: Fury Road was one of the most anticipated films at the...

'Mad Max: Fury Road' - New Stills and Poster Appear From Comic Con [Pictures]


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

Paolo Nutini Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Paolo Nutini

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All