Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Festive Dozen 2014: Paolo Nutini - Scream (Funk My Life Up)

Paolo Nutini is an artist to defy those pesky stereotypes.

Firstly, that wonderful Italian name – he’s from Milan right?
Nope, he’s from Glasgow.

Oh, he must make downbeat twee indie rock right?
Nope, he makes the sort of sassy funk that Prince once specialised in.

Oh, he must be a black Glaswegian right?
Er, nope, Paolo Nutini is a master of that genre we once called “blue-eyed soul” …

Oh, man, that sounds a bit dodgy, a white Glaswegian making funk music, and why haven’t I even heard of him before, he must be pretty crap right?
Um, actually he’s a three-time BRIT nominee, a firm favourite at festivals around the globe, a guy who performed at the 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony, and someone who released what was quite probably the best album of his career (Caustic Love) in 2014 … but hey, don’t take my word for it, decide for yourself …

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