Caustic Love

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Caustic Love
Studio album by Paolo Nutini
Released 14 April 2014
Recorded 2013
Genre R&B, soul, funk, pop rock
Label Atlantic
Producer Paolo Nutini, Dani Castelar
Paolo Nutini chronology
Sunny Side Up
(2009)
Caustic Love
(2014)
Singles from Caustic Love
  1. "Scream (Funk My Life Up)"
    Released: 28 January 2014
  2. "Let Me Down Easy"
    Released: 17 June 2014
  3. "Iron Sky"
    Released: 14 August 2014

Caustic Love is the third studio album by Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini, released on 14 April 2014 by Atlantic Records. After releasing his critical and commercial successful album Sunny Side Up (2009), Nutini began touring which ended two years later. In February 2011, Nutini began writing and recording the album, "Caustic Love" was co-produced by Nutini himself with help from Dani Castelar.

Upon release Caustic Love was met with positive reviews from music critics, who noted the album as "the best UK R&B album since the 1970s blue-eyed-soul heyday." Commercially the album was a success, it debuted at number one on the UK Album Charts with 109,000 copies sold, making "Caustic Love" the fastest selling album of the year in the region.

The album was preceded by the single "Scream (Funk My Life Up)", released as a digital download on 28 January 2014 and as a physical single on 30 March 2014.[1][2]

Background[edit]

In May 2009, Nutini released his second album, Sunny Side Up, which debuted at number one in the UK and in Ireland. It contained the singles: "Candy", "Coming Up Easy", "Pencil Full of Lead" and "10/10". Sunny Side Up has also been certified five-times platinum by the BPI and was the eighth biggest-selling album in the UK in 2009.[3] In December 2013 he announced via social networks that his new album Caustic Love will be released in April 2014 - Friday April 11 in Ireland, Monday April 14 in UK.

Recording[edit]

As of February 2011, Paolo Nutini was in the studio working on new material.[4] He toured for two years after the release of his second studio album, followed by a hiatus from music in which he went home and "spent a good few months partying there, then I detoxed, then I retoxed." During this time Nutini was "writing along and recording little bits," for the following two years Nutini put the "spotlight" on the album stating he had "never written as much, but I had to take a bit of time. My writing used to come from a different place. I used to be more picky and there used to be a more pop sensibility to what I would naturally come up with." This was followed by Nutini writing "nothing but poetry", which he use to hate the notion of "trying to turn it into a verse-chorus-verse-chorus-type song, and struggled with it and got no pleasure from it whatsoever."[5]

Songs[edit]

"Iron Sky" is psych rock song described as being a "slow burner."[6] The Independent described “Iron Sky”, as being a "stirring blend of conscious-soul subject with deep-soul style" and compared the song to being, "like Percy Sledge singing Curtis Mayfield."[7]

Singles[edit]

"Scream (Funk My Life Up)", was released as the albums lead single on 28 January 2014 and as a physical single on 30 March 2014.[1][2] A music video to accompany the release of "Scream (Funk My Life Up)" was first released onto YouTube on 10 March 2014 at a total length of three minutes and nineteen seconds.[8] The video was directed by Nez.[9] The song has peaked to number 12 on the UK Singles Chart and number 5 in Scotland. The song has also charted in Belgium and Switzerland.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 79/100[10]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[11]
Clash 7/10[6]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[12]
The Independent 5/5 stars[7]
The Daily Telegraph 4/5 stars[13]

Caustic Love received positive reviews from music critics, holding a score of 79/100 on Metacritic, indicating, "generally favourable reviews".[10] In a very positive review, The Independent called the album an "unqualified success", later going on to say it may be "the best UK R&B album since the 1970s blue-eyed-soul heyday of Rod Stewart and Joe Cocker."

Chart performance[edit]

Caustic Love debuted at number one on the Irish Albums Chart, outselling the same week's number 2, The Vamps' Meet the Vamps, by five copies to one.[14] In the United Kingdom, as of 20 April 2014, the album had sold 109,000 copies therefore, making it the fastest selling album of the year, beating Sam Bailey's The Power of Love, which sold 72,644 copies in its debut week.[15] The album held on to the top spot of the UK charts for a second week, bringing its total sales up to 162,000 copies.[16]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Scream (Funk My Life Up)"   3:09
2. "Let Me Down Easy"   3:32
3. "Bus Talk" (Interlude) 1:30
4. "One Day"   5:06
5. "Numpty"   3:54
6. "Superfly" (Interlude) 1:13
7. "Better Man"   5:29
8. "Iron Sky"   6:13
9. "Diana"   3:35
10. "Fashion" (featuring Janelle Monáe) 3:06
11. "Looking for Something"   6:21
12. "Cherry Blossom"   6:17
13. "Someone Like You"   2:09

Notes[edit]

· Let Me Down Easy contains a sample of Let Me Down Easy by Bettye LaVette.

· Bus Talk [Interlude] contains a sample of Stop! In the Name of Love as performed by Margie Joseph.

· Bus Talk [Interlude] contains a sample of Giving Up by Gladys Knight & The Pips.

· Iron Sky contains a sample of the 1940 Charlie Chaplin film The Great Dictator.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 6
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[18] 13
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19] 13
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[20] 27
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[21] 21
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[22] 37
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[23] 3
French Albums (SNEP)[24] 34
German Albums (Official Top 100)[25] 15
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[26] 2
Irish Albums (IRMA)[27] 1
Italian Albums (FIMI)[28] 3
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[29] 7
Scottish Albums (OCC)[30] 1
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[31] 50
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[32] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[33] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[34] Platinum 300,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 14 April 2014[35] Digital download Atlantic Records

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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