MTV Review: There’s Nothing Caustic About London’s Love For Paolo Nutini
The Scotsman puts on a five-star performance at Camden’s Roundhouse as part of iTunes Festival…
By India Opie Meres
Until the release of new album Caustic Love – the fastest selling album of 2014 in the UK – Paolo Nutini had been laying low for the best part of five years. However, on Saturday night at London’s Roundhouse, the 27-year-old Scotsman proved to everyone that he is well and truly back with a bang.
Feeling: Paolo managed to create a really special atmosphere, the air thick with anticipation, as the audience exploded into cheers when he hit the stage.
The Look: Although Paolo isn’t a particularly image-focused artist, the singer looked pretty damn cool, and had obviously spent a while working out the look of the show. Trippy videos played in the background for a few of the songs and the lighting created some brilliant atmosphere. The man himself, as always, looked incredible. Swoon.
Tunes: Paolo is one of those artists who has had so many amazing songs that you find yourself singing along far more than you would expect to. When he played one of his first hits, Last Request, a whole chorus went by with only the crowd providing vocals.
The audience's reaction to a funked up version of New Shoes and Jenny Don’t Be Hasty was epic, as Paolo payed further homage to his first album, but in his own special way. His newest single Iron Sky was emotional, as he sang his heart out, and managed to hit some serious high notes. Candy and One Day were also notable tracks, for both the crowd interaction and Paolo’s vocals, which only further our huge crush on him.
Banter: Paolo actually strikes us as a pretty shy performer, so crowd banter was minimal. He did interact a little, however, and at one point even shared the mic with a lucky lady right at the front. Paolo also spent a fair amount of time telling us how brilliant the crowd were, which is always appreciated.
Sweat Factor: You only have to listen to one track on Paolo’s new album to know that his gigs aren’t going to be particularly sweaty, but that’s just fine with us. Paolo’s music is uplifting, sometimes sad and sometimes happy, but none of is it the kind of thing you want to have a good mosh to. At the most, it’s a gentle sway.
Summary: Paolo absolutely killed his iTunes festival gig and it was touching to see him stood alone taking a bow during his final standing ovation. A truly credible artist who has managed to take his impressive back catalogue and update it in his 2014 style. We’ll definitely be swaying along again next time he comes to London.