Ever since emerging on the music scene in his late teens, in 2006, Paolo Nutini has successfully straddled the line between mainstream pop appeal and post-Strokes indie cool. With all the hunger of a musical prodigy, Nutini took his cues from 60s and 70s soul artists, flexing his songwriting chops to pick up the baton from iconic tunesmiths such as Elton John, Van Morrison and Marvin Gaye. From his debut single, Last Request, to the raunchy funk-rock of Scream (Funk My Life Up), the Paisley-born songwriter has ventured beyond his humble origins in Scotland to become one of Britain’s most celebrated artists, producing four critically-acclaimed albums which have sold over 4.5 million copies in total. The best Paolo Nutini songs reveal how that happened.
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20: Lose It (from ‘Late Night In The Bittersweet’, 2022)
Nobody expected Paolo Nutini to drop a half-spoken indie freakout with a motorik groove after his eight-year absence from the music scene, but that’s exactly what he did with Lose It. Released in May 2022, on the same day as its companion single, Through The Echoes, Lose It was said to be inspired by Italian post-punk group Chrisma’s 1977 album, Chinese Restaurant, and it amped up Nutini’s heavily Glaswegian drawl amid waves of atonal guitar distortion. “I’m not sure what led me down that path,” the singer later said. “It was a quick song to come together and a lot of what you hear came from the exceptional players that were able to add to it.”