Paul turned me onto Paolo Nutini, the lippy 19 yr. old pictured above. Actually he is lips, emo hair and old voice.
When I heard the single, the Carole-King-meets-Van Morrison-esque "Last Request" (watch him on TOTP), I dismissed him as a corporate clone in the wake of James Blunt, who does not thrill me at all. My first reaction may very well be true, but Paul guided me to the title track of Nutini's debut album These Streets and all was well. I mean, it even namechecks streets - a surefire way for me to like a song.
After some investigation, I decided that Paolo's quite good. Don't be fooled by the name: he is from Paisley, Scotland. The sound is soul troubadour. Articles and reviews cite influences from the cliched (Ray Charles) to the worthy (David Gray) to the inspired (John Martyn). He's been the only opener for several Stones shows at 19 (see pic below)! I hope he survives it - Lily Allen seems to be melting down in public and she is older.
For my upload, I chose this burnished track...well, all of them are burnished...
Paolo Nutini "White Lies"
mypsace page / Guardian live show review / indieLondon album review / Gigwise album review
A few readers who might like him:
Joanna and The Wyckoff Correspondent, in particular.