Concert Review: Paolo Nutini in Boston, MA
Reviewed by: Sally Feller
Playing a sold-out show at the House of Blues in Boston, Paolo Nutini successfully overcame the venue size and left the audience with the feeling of being in a small intimate show in a pub somewhere. Having listened to Nutini’s first album, 2006’s “These Streets” and his latest gem “Sunny Side Up” I will unabashedly describe myself as a fan.
Nutini’s latest album is considerably stronger in terms of experimentation, and takes the listener on a journey through the back roads of America. You’ll hear everything in there, influences from New Orleans, certainly, and the blues, a bit of ukulele and some homegrown bluegrass, wrapped up by some chill Sunday morning coffee music to warm your soul. I was curious as to how this would all translate on stage, especially in a venue like the House of Blues, which holds around 5,000 people.
I found myself happily surprised by the translation to a live performance. Nutini emerged onstage and sauntered over to the microphone and belted out a pleasing mix of tunes from both albums. Crowd favorites mostly seemed to be from his original album: “New Shoes,” “Jenny Don’t Be Hasty,” and his latest single “Candy.” “Jenny Don’t Be Hasty” was the perfect song to finish off the set, leaving the crowd infused with renewed energy as they left the club.
Nutini seemed unassuming and relaxed and spent most of the show with his eyes closed, as you’d expect from any good soul and blues singer. I couldn’t help but be reminded of greats like Otis Redding and Van Morrison. I would be surprised to find anyone who’s seen a live show from Nutini that wasn’t compelled to feel every note in their soul, since it seems to come from the depths of the singer’s own. At only 22, I’m expecting many, many more great tunes from Paolo Nutini in the years to come.
Just a quick shout-out to show opener Erin McCarley. This was my first introduction to her music and I was wowed and immediately wrote down her name. She’s certainly worth checking out!