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Jeremy Williams-Chalmers
Arts Correspondent
@jeremydwilliams
2:00 AM 2nd July 2022
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Album Review: Paolo Nutini - Last Night In The Bittersweet

Paolo Nutini - Last Night In The Bittersweet

Afterneath; Radio; Through The Echoes, Acid Eyes; Stranded Words (Interlude); Lose It, Petrified In Love; Everywhere, Abigail;Children of the Stars; Heart Filled Up; Shine A Light; Desperation; Julianne; Take Me Take Mine; Writer.

Label: Atlantic Catalogue: B09ZNNXLYT


Paolo Nutini has never been an artist to rush a release, having left anywhere from 3-5 years between his first three albums. However, following the phenomenal global success of those three albums, Nutini took some time out to focus on other pursuits. However, his almost radio silence finally broke this year with the release of the singles Lose It and Through The Echoes. Showing that his voice has aged like a very fine wine, he is vocally stronger than ever as he finally releases album #4, Last Night In The Bittersweet.

Boasting 16 songs, Last Night In The Bittersweet is not just his most vocally striking, but it is also his most musically ambitious. While his earlier work grew with each release, from the radio driven pop of his 2006 debut, These Streets, through to his more soulful third studio album, 2016's Caustic Love, his fourth studio album sees him refusing to be tied down to a specific genre.

With a psychedelic soundscape running through, Last Night In The Bittersweet is part rock, part pop, part soul, part folk, part indie - but fully heart driven delivery of well-written anthems.

Although there are moments written for mainstream radio acclaim, most obviously the blatantly titled Radio, even these moments are delivered with whole-hearted conviction and a depth that many artists lack even in their most insightful moments.
Boasting 16 songs, Last Night In The Bittersweet is not just his most vocally striking, but it is also his most musically ambitious
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However, it is the less 'for radio' moments that Last Night In The Bittersweet finds its strength. With shadows of Rod Stewart at his finest, the aforementioned single, Through The Echoes, is an early highlight. Yet it is in some of the album's slightly darker, more bass driven moments that we see both a different side to his vocal and his artistry. Key moments include Acid Eyes and Lose It.

While the album misses slightly on the boppy Desperation and generic Petrified In Love, it more than makes up for it with the elevated Shine A Light and truly beautiful Julianne.

With the bar set incredibly high by his third studio album, Caustic Love, Paolo Nutini has proved on his return that he is an artist not defined by his previous work, but one who is always striving to be the best of who he can be. Hands down his best body of work to date.