These Streets

Music review by
Cristen Pennington, Common Sense Media
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Soulful Scottish singer is wise beyond his years.

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Allusions to promiscuity and drinking to relieve depression.


Fairly mild references: "Girl you just turn me on," "Let's get down and freaky baby," "Let's get down and dirty." In the song "Alloway Grove," a girl asks to be used.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Speaks of "drinking stronger spirits" and "going from bar to bar." There's also a reference to a drunken night at age 16 (legal drinking age in the U.K.) that ended up between the sheets. "Wandering around with a half-pack of cigarettes" appears in one song.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although there isn't any profane or outwardly offensive language on this soulful and passionate album, many of the songs have sexual undertones with references to sexual desires and exploits that older kids may pick up on. The final track tells the story of a desirable young girl who's quite promiscuous. There are also references to drinking spirits, going to bars, and being drunk.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byJEN JEN 3 April 9, 2008

What's the story?

Part soul, part rock, and part R&B, Paolo Nutini's voice is rich beyond his years as he pours his young heart into his first album, THESE STREETS. The title song waxes nostalgic on Nutini's Scottish homeland as he wanders the bustling streets of London feeling homesick. Perhaps the most achingly heartfelt tune is \"Autumn,\" which pays a tearful tribute to Nutini's late grandfather (\"Autumn leaves how fading now/that smile that I've lost/well I've found somehow/because you still live on in my father's eyes\"). As the one who introduced the young boy to music, it's clear that his \"Nonno\" was a tremendous and positive influence.

Is it any good?

Though barely out of his teens, this brooding Scottish songwriter is somehow well-versed in the language of love and relationships. Listening to the songs feels a bit like flipping through the pages of Nutini's personal journal as all but two songs detail some element of love, lust, or loss.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it's like to be in love with someone you can't be with. How do you know when you've found your soulmate? What does it mean to wear your morals on your sleeve? You can also discuss Paolo Nutini's age and frankness: What's it like to be a teenager and have a hit record? How would it feel to write personal songs that are shared with the world?

Music details

  • Artist: Paolo Nutini
  • Release date: January 30, 2007
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Soul
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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