The Epic 2017 Project #191: 170710
Paulo Nutini – These Streets (2008)
These Streets is the debut studio album by Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini, released by Atlantic Records on 17 July 2006. Preceded by the single “Last Request”, the album debuted and peaked at number 3 on the UK Albums Chart and was later certified with five Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for domestic shipments in excess of 1,500,000 copies. It also entered the charts in many other European countries, and in 2011 it was certified double Platinum by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry for sales of over 2,000,000 copies in Europe.
Most of the songs featured on the album were inspired by the end of Nutini’s relationship with his long-term girlfriend Teri Brogan, which began when they both were fifteen.Among the others, “Last Request” describes the couple’s last night together, while “Rewind” expresses the willing of turning back time before the end of their love story. Another auto-biographical intimate relationship served as the inspiration for the album’s second single, “Jenny Don’t Be Hasty”, which tells about Nutini’s involvement with an older woman who refused him because of his age.
Other tracks from the album explore different themes, like the title-track, which describes the feelings of a boy who leaves his hometown to move to a big city, or “New Shoes”, a song telling about a man who finds life easier as he wears a new pair of shoes. According to Nutini, the song was written trying to imagine if solving problems could be as easy as buying shoes is.