Review: Paolo Nutini, Motorpoint Arena

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Paolo Nutini soon had the crowd swaying at the Motorpoint Arena, the second date of his European tour.

He and his band had received a rousing reception even before opening the gig with Scream, from his new album Caustic Love. Sounding fresh and sharp, Nutini was clearly keen to please his army of fans.

With a clever backdrop and six search lights spraying the crowds with colour it was clear that the evening was going to be a light-show spectacular.

The gravelly Scotsman always had the crowd with him, but even more so during his rendition of Looking for Something – a ballad clearly close to his heart, and one dedicated to “all the mums out there”.

Performing songs from previous albums, Nutini really rocked out versions of Jenny Don’t Be Hasty and New Shoes.

Starting the encore with Candy, Trying to Pretend, and Tricks of the Trade, Nutini had the crowd happily singing along with him.

For the finale the band left the stage for Nutini to end with a mellow acoustic rendition of Last Request.

He commented that a wise man once said: “There’s not a lot of love in Sheffield,” before countering: “He was wrong – this room is full of love tonight.”