Last Night In The Bittersweet

Paolo Nutini - Last Night In The Bittersweet
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2022 Ratings: #85 / 498
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Based on 101 ratings
2022 Ratings: #170
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

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.

80
The Arts Desk

The breadth of Last Night in the Bittersweet has Paolo Nutini making a convincing case that he could eventually be joining his influences as one of rock’s elder statesmen himself.

80
The Skinny

Last Night in the Bittersweet is Paolo Nutini's most musically expansive album to date, but it's his tender side that shines through the most.

80
Evening Standard

He may have emerged amid a wave of earnest male singer-songwriters – James Morrison and Ray LaMontagne spring to mind – and perhaps been superceded commercially by his acolyte Lewis Capaldi, but he’s now so far removed from what everyone else is doing that he can basically make whatever he wants.

80
The Irish Times

By throwing away the “pop star” handbook, Nutini ekes out a slowburning charm to these songs, despite the risk.

80
Clash

Where others have opted for too much over too little, nothing on Nutini’s fourth album feels like excess. Covering deep love, the turmoils of the mind and a writer’s struggles, a beat isn’t missed on this significant and timeless record.

mikehermida
66

Mr Nutini picked his singles well and there are moments on this record where you think he might be taking a brave new turn but there are 6 or even 7 songs that could be cut from this record to make it more concise and importantly more enjoyable.

I had high hopes for this record after hearing the leading singles and this is ultimately a disappointment.

Essential track - Through the Echoes

EJCDance01
77

This definitely feels like a man in pain, I saw this in my notifications for new releases last night and thought I'd give it a try.

Going into this, it felt like a really mellow progressive rock effort from Paolo with sweet and endearing melodies and vocals, especially on the song 'Through The Echoes'. The more you get into the meat and potatoes of this record, it becomes a rather tough listen. With long, drawn out guitars which feel Jazz and Blues influenced at times. I even got a hint of ... read more

69420JMAN69420
94

I’m so happy with how this album turned out. After an 8 year hiatus, the long awaited to follow up to 2014s Caustic love is finally here, and it’s without doubt worth the wait to me. This was a fantastic, emotional and gripping experience that, even if slightly too long, really has constant moments of brilliance all throughout. Glad you’re back Paolo.

ecenb
92

One of my favourite soul artist with his new album that gives us smooth rock vibes. An album with a wide range of genres and melody, offering an enjoyable listening experience.

Fav Songs: Afterneath, Radio, Through The Echoes, Children Of The Stars, Heart Filled Up, Take Me Take Mine

Dave_sardine
78

A great shift in sound with Paolo's return after such a long time, particularly in the intro and a couple of the middle tracks. The only part that might be a negative is that a bunch of these tracks could have been put onto a bonus edition, no doubt there's a lot of material after 8 years but it doesn't need to do on the main album

54

I took a chance on the unknown and was rewarded with mediocrity

Paolo Nutini's latest album feels fine

I had never heard of this artist before going into this, and I don't think I'll be checking out more of their work. This had potential, but even the best songs on here are just slight variations on ideas done better by other artists. It does NOT need to be this long, and half the tracklist could have been cut and you would have a much tighter album.

Sample song: "Shine a ... read more

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Added on: May 11, 2022