Caustic Love - Paolo Nutini
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 100
    Caustic Love may be the best UK R&B album since the 1970s blue-eyed-soul heyday of Rod Stewart and Joe Cocker.
  2. Apr 23, 2014
    80
    Caustic Love is a truly excellent modern soul record. [May 2014, p.114]
  3. Apr 18, 2014
    80
    While Caustic Love is clearly the work of a maturing singer-songwriter (shedding jaunty charm for depth and ambition), it finds the 27-year-old still skittering around in search of an artistic identity.
  4. Apr 14, 2014
    80
    It takes real nerve to pull something like this off, but Nutini's swagger is easily matched by the quality of the material and his inspired performance.
  5. Apr 14, 2014
    80
    The 27-year-old Scot had taken five years to unleash this third album, an ambitious stab at morphing into a mature soul man. And it's worked.
  6. Apr 10, 2014
    80
    The 27-year-old and his whisky-soaked words writhe their way around a multitude of Motown-inflected could-be singles, paying homage to Prince, Marvin Gaye, Echo and the Bunnymen, the Beach Boys and D'Angelo along the way.
  7. Apr 10, 2014
    80
    Caustic Love is the sound of Nutini finally finding his groove and producing a record that lives up to his talent.
  8. Apr 10, 2014
    70
    Nutini reins in the melodrama, and Caustic Love is testament to that restraint.
  9. Apr 23, 2014
    60
    Nutini has grown up, and his music has grown with him: in a world littered with handsome young singer-songwriters who become obsolete some time between their first hit and first album, it's an admirable achievement. [May 2014, p.88]
  10. Apr 10, 2014
    60
    He's let down by the lyrics, which seem, to have been assembled from a collection of fridge magnet soul cliches. [May 2014, p.78]
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 17, 2014
    10
    Hands down his best album, the best album of the year so far and possibly one of the best soul / blues / R & B albums ever. Nutini has really found his groove and is holding nothing back anymore. He keeps it fresh with a guest vocal rap on 'Fashion' that slots in effortlessly (is that Janelle Monae?), kicks it way back on 'Better Man' and gets heavy and philosophical on 'Iron Sky' without it ever seeming contrived. SUCH a great album! Full Review »
  2. Apr 14, 2014
    9
    Nutini's shift into a more soul and funk heavy style has further proven that he truly is a stellar musician and composer. Whilst his two previous albums I enjoyed immensely, These Streets and Sunny Side Up did not have as much heart than this new release. That does not mean to say that there was no heart at all but rather Nutini has clearly created a piece of work that he knows is brilliant. He talks about being a perfectionist and we can clearly see this in his tightly controlled composition of the music in this album and maybe this is what makes Caustic Love a gem, the devotion to creating a truly perfect work of art. Full Review »
  3. Apr 17, 2014
    10
    Best album ever. Cannot get enough of it. Had it on repeat for the past two days. This is going to go down as one of the greats. Nutini you legend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Full Review »