• Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: Jun 2, 2009
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. This one leaves its generational competition in the dust and is wise beyond this songwriter's years, and to be frank, leaves his own previous identity as simply a bedroom balladeer to history.
  2. Q Magazine
    80
    By growing a personality, he's conjured up a low-key gem and a minor revelation. [Jul 2009, p.119]
  3. At times, there's a lack of consistency with too many ideas thrown onto the table, but it's that diversity heard throughout Nutini's sophomore effort that gives this AC singer/songwriter a leg up.
  4. On his second album, he has taken a chance by steering away from the declawed R&B that got him filed alongside fellow pretty boy James Morrison, and gives reggae and Celtic folk a whirl. It's not bad.
  5. Uncut
    60
    The gravel voice and self-penned songs are distinctive, and though he's not beyond over-emoting, this stakes claim on a wide territory in a bold manner. [Jul 2009, p.95]
  6. What the Paisley born artist has come up with on Sunny Side Up is baffling.
  7. Several of the songs seem embryonic, lacking direction and resolution, while Nutini's voice--as stevedore-gruff as Blunt's is officer-class posh--can be a deal-breaker on certain songs
  8. Mojo
    40
    All passable fare. [Jul 2009, p.92]
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. PeterS
    Jun 26, 2009
    9
    Some strange reviews from the critics? I found this album very interesting which got better with each listen. It sounds like Mr Nutini is Some strange reviews from the critics? I found this album very interesting which got better with each listen. It sounds like Mr Nutini is maturing into an excellent songwriter, and I for one really rate the songs on this album. From the opening happy go lucky 10/10 to the beatiful love songs of Growing Up Beside You & Candy, your be very plesantly surprised at this album, if like me you found his first album (These Streets) rather bland. I'll look forward to all future work from a very gifted singer/songwriter, and hope he continues to experiment with different musical styles. Full Review »
  2. Oct 28, 2016
    9
    critics never come back to an album to listen again and again 1 listen does not make an album it is worth listening to more than once I thinkcritics never come back to an album to listen again and again 1 listen does not make an album it is worth listening to more than once I think they are jaded from tooo much shat Full Review »
  3. AdamM
    Jul 9, 2009
    2
    Oh god, this is awful. Loved his first album, this is a tired collection of musical cliches that don't generally fit his voice. The Oh god, this is awful. Loved his first album, this is a tired collection of musical cliches that don't generally fit his voice. The musical equivalent of the Matrix sequels - best forgotten. Go get 'These Streets' instead. Full Review »