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Last Night In The Bittersweet

Paolo Nutini

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Paolo Nutini's fifth studio album, 2022's Last Night in the Bittersweet, finds the Scottish singer/songwriter bringing together all of the soulful and deeply literate aspects of his sound. The album, which arrives on the heels of an eight-year hiatus following 2014's Caustic Love, kicks off in experimental fashion with "Afterneath," an explosive rock collage in which he screams in wordlessly throaty Robert Plant-fashion against a driving post-punk groove. All of this functions as a swirling backdrop to frame a sample of Patricia Arquette's iconic "You're so cool" monologue (penned by Quentin Tarantino) as her character Alabama from the 1993 film True Romance. While nothing as avant-garde pops-up again on Last Night in the Bittersweet, the opening dreamscape works to introduce the mature and deeply artistic vibe Nutini conjures moving forward. In the movie True Romance, Arquette's speech works as an invocation of true love, tested by adversity and unbreakable even by death. Last Night in the Bittersweet feels borne out of a similar romantic turbulence, as if Nutini has been through a tough period of his life, only to emerge with a stronger and more emotionally grounded sense of himself. Last Night in the Bittersweet has the sprawling character of a classic vinyl double-album, like something Todd Rundgren might have released in the mid-'70s, straddling singer/songwriter pop craftsmanship and art rock swagger. There's a gorgeously analog quality to the album, as if much of it was recorded live in-studio. There's also a feeling that Nutini is drawing upon his varied influences and making them his own. "Radio" is a brilliant pop moment, evoking the emotive work of Peter Gabriel, while "Petrified in Love," with its wiry guitars and Vox organ accents, smartly draws upon the early '80s sound of artists like Tom Petty and Elvis Costello. Nutini is perhaps best on Last Night in the Bittersweet when he sinks with closed-eye intensity into the languid, country-tinged balladry of "Through the Echoes," or frames his warm, double-tracked vocals in sun-dappled orchestration as on the Carpenters-sounding "Julianne." It's an album that leaves you feeling quietly joyful and, as in the spare, poignant closer "Writer," in which Nutini ruminates on the interplay between art and life, might just make you cry.
© Matt Collar /TiVo

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1
Afterneath
00:04:05

Quentin Tarantino, Composer - Paolo Nutini, Composer, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist - JOE JONES, Engineer - Paul Savage, Mixer - Gavin Fitzjohn, Composer, Producer, Electric Guitar, Bass - Matt Colton, Masterer - Donato Di Trapani, Synthesizer - John Blease, Composer, Drums - Dani Castelar, Producer, Engineer, Programmer - Jordi Fuster, Electric Guitar

An Atlantic Records UK release, © 2022 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2022 Warner

2
Radio
00:04:22

Matty Benbrook, Composer, Drums, Synthesizer - Paolo Nutini, Composer, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist - Paul Savage, Mixer - Gavin Fitzjohn, Producer, Flugelhorn, Saxophone - Dave Nelson, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Matt Colton, Masterer - Dani Castelar, Producer, Engineer, Skit

An Atlantic Records UK release, © 2022 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2022 Warner

3
Through The Echoes
00:03:41

Paolo Nutini, Composer, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist - Richard Woodcraft, Engineer - Gavin Fitzjohn, Producer, Engineer, Electric Guitar, Organ - Matt Colton, Masterer - John Blease, Drums - Dani Castelar, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Programmer - Pat Noodle, Mellotron

An Atlantic Records UK release, © 2022 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2022 Warner

4
Acid Eyes
00:04:33

Paolo Nutini, Composer, Producer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Richard Woodcraft, Mixer, Engineer - Gavin Fitzjohn, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Matt Colton, Masterer - Tom Herbert, Bass - John Blease, Drums - Dani Castelar, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Electric Guitar, Programmer - Rhys Evans, Engineer - Jordi Fuster, Electric Guitar

An Atlantic Records UK release, © 2022 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2022 Warner

5
Stranded Words (Interlude)
00:02:31

Paolo Nutini, Composer, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist - Richard Woodcraft, Engineer - Gavin Fitzjohn, Producer - Matt Colton, Masterer - Tom Herbert, Composer, Bass - Dani Castelar, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Programmer

An Atlantic Records UK release, © 2022 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2022 Warner

6
Lose It
00:05:30

Paolo Nutini, Composer, Producer, Vocals, Bass, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Paul Savage, Mixer - Gavin Fitzjohn, Composer, Producer, Electric Guitar, Programmer - Matt Colton, Masterer - Damon Reece, Drums - Dani Castelar, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Synthesizer

An Atlantic Records UK release, © 2022 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2022 Warner

7
Petrified In Love
00:03:53

Paolo Nutini, Composer, Producer, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist - JOE JONES, AssistantEngineer - Paul Savage, Mixer - Richard Woodcraft, Engineer - Gavin Fitzjohn, Composer, Producer, Electric Guitar, Organ - Matt Colton, Masterer - Tom Herbert, Bass - John Blease, Drums - Dani Castelar, Producer, Engineer, Programmer - Jordi Fuster, Electric Guitar

An Atlantic Records UK release, © 2022 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2022 Warner

8
Everywhere
00:05:51

Paolo Nutini, Composer, Producer, Vocals, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Paul Savage, Mixer - Gavin Fitzjohn, Producer, Engineer, Electric Guitar, Organ, Percussion - Matt Colton, Masterer - Tom Herbert, Bass - John Blease, Drums, Percussion - Dani Castelar, Producer, Engineer, Programmer - Tom Pinder, Trombone - Jordi Fuster, Electric Guitar - Gerard Ballester, Drums

An Atlantic Records UK release, © 2022 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2022 Warner

9
Abigail
00:03:50

Paolo Nutini, Composer, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Organ, Vocals, MainArtist - Paul Savage, Mixer - Richard Woodcraft, Engineer - Gavin Fitzjohn, Producer, Electric Guitar - Michael Mcdaid, Acoustic Guitar - Matt Colton, Masterer - Tom Herbert, Bass - Dani Castelar, Producer, Engineer, Programmer

An Atlantic Records UK release, © 2022 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2022 Warner

10
Children Of The Stars
00:03:20

Paolo Nutini, Composer, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - JOE JONES, Engineer - Paul Savage, Mixer - Gavin Fitzjohn, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion - Michael Mcdaid, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - Matt Colton, Masterer - Donato Di Trapani, Hammond Organ - John Blease, Drums, Percussion - Dani Castelar, Producer, Engineer, Programmer - Joe Glossop, Hammond Organ - Jordi Fuster, Electric Guitar

An Atlantic Records UK release, © 2022 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2022 Warner

11
Heart Filled Up
00:05:17

Paolo Nutini, Composer, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Gavin Fitzjohn, Producer, Electric Guitar, Piano - Matt Colton, Masterer - Tom Herbert, Bass - Donato Di Trapani, Synthesizer - John Blease, Drums - Dani Castelar, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Programming - Jordi Fuster, Electric Guitar

An Atlantic Records UK release, © 2022 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2022 Warner

12
Shine A Light
00:05:56

Paolo Nutini, Composer, Producer, Vocals, Bass, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Richard Woodcraft, Engineer, Additional Production - Gavin Fitzjohn, Producer, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer - Matt Colton, Masterer - Tom Herbert, Bass - Donato Di Trapani, Synthesizer - John Blease, Drums - Dani Castelar, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Programmer - Thomas Seamus Simon, Composer - Jordi Fuster, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar

An Atlantic Records UK release, © 2022 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2022 Warner

13
Desperation
00:03:35

Scott Anderson, Drums - Paolo Nutini, Composer, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist - Paul Savage, Mixer - Gavin Fitzjohn, Producer, Engineer, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer - Matt Colton, Masterer - Kevin Burleigh, Engineer - Dani Castelar, Producer, Engineer, Programmer - Peter Riley, Electric Guitar - Daniel Forouhar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, 12 String Guitar

An Atlantic Records UK release, © 2022 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2022 Warner

14
Julianne
00:04:51

Paolo Nutini, Composer, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Richard Woodcraft, Mixer - Gavin Fitzjohn, Producer, Electric Guitar - Rob Moose, Strings - Michael Mcdaid, Electric Guitar - Matt Colton, Masterer - Donato Di Trapani, Piano, Synthesizer - John Blease, Drums - Dani Castelar, Producer, Engineer, Programmer - The Frying Salsiccia Brothers, Backing Vocals

An Atlantic Records UK release, © 2022 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2022 Warner

15
Take Me Take Mine
00:06:51

Paolo Nutini, Composer, Producer, Vocals, Synthesizer, MainArtist - Richard Woodcraft, Mixer, Engineer, Additional Production - Gavin Fitzjohn, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano - Matt Colton, Masterer - Tom Herbert, Bass - John Blease, Drums - Dani Castelar, Producer, Engineer, Programmer - Joe Glossop, Organ

An Atlantic Records UK release, © 2022 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2022 Warner

16
Writer
00:04:01

Paolo Nutini, Composer, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - Richard Woodcraft, Mixer, Engineer, Additional Production - Gavin Fitzjohn, Producer - Dani Castelar, Producer

An Atlantic Records UK release, © 2022 Warner Music UK Limited ℗ 2022 Warner

Album Description

Paolo Nutini's fifth studio album, 2022's Last Night in the Bittersweet, finds the Scottish singer/songwriter bringing together all of the soulful and deeply literate aspects of his sound. The album, which arrives on the heels of an eight-year hiatus following 2014's Caustic Love, kicks off in experimental fashion with "Afterneath," an explosive rock collage in which he screams in wordlessly throaty Robert Plant-fashion against a driving post-punk groove. All of this functions as a swirling backdrop to frame a sample of Patricia Arquette's iconic "You're so cool" monologue (penned by Quentin Tarantino) as her character Alabama from the 1993 film True Romance. While nothing as avant-garde pops-up again on Last Night in the Bittersweet, the opening dreamscape works to introduce the mature and deeply artistic vibe Nutini conjures moving forward. In the movie True Romance, Arquette's speech works as an invocation of true love, tested by adversity and unbreakable even by death. Last Night in the Bittersweet feels borne out of a similar romantic turbulence, as if Nutini has been through a tough period of his life, only to emerge with a stronger and more emotionally grounded sense of himself. Last Night in the Bittersweet has the sprawling character of a classic vinyl double-album, like something Todd Rundgren might have released in the mid-'70s, straddling singer/songwriter pop craftsmanship and art rock swagger. There's a gorgeously analog quality to the album, as if much of it was recorded live in-studio. There's also a feeling that Nutini is drawing upon his varied influences and making them his own. "Radio" is a brilliant pop moment, evoking the emotive work of Peter Gabriel, while "Petrified in Love," with its wiry guitars and Vox organ accents, smartly draws upon the early '80s sound of artists like Tom Petty and Elvis Costello. Nutini is perhaps best on Last Night in the Bittersweet when he sinks with closed-eye intensity into the languid, country-tinged balladry of "Through the Echoes," or frames his warm, double-tracked vocals in sun-dappled orchestration as on the Carpenters-sounding "Julianne." It's an album that leaves you feeling quietly joyful and, as in the spare, poignant closer "Writer," in which Nutini ruminates on the interplay between art and life, might just make you cry.
© Matt Collar /TiVo

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