• Jacqueline Walker

Review: Paolo Nutini's "Iron Sky"

Paolo Giovanni Nutini is a Scottish singer, songwriter, and musician from Paisley who released a song in 2014 called “Iron Sky.”

Until two days ago, I hadn’t even heard of Nutini. The first song I listened to of his was "Iron Sky." I came across the song by searching Blues music.

"Iron sky" is part of his album called “Caustic Love.” The duration of the song is 6:13, and the genre is Rhythm and Blues.

Listening to the song, I couldn’t help but catch that the song features a sample from Charlie Chaplin's speech in his Hitler–lampooning 1940s film "The Great Dictator" ("You are not machines! You are not cattle!").

A short film was released to accompany the song. Directed by Daniel Wolfe, the nine-minute video offers a dystopian vision of the future in which people are suffering but are occasionally able to dance. The movie is also called, “Iron Sky.”

According to Songfacts, “the director ... was sent the track by Nutini without any explanation, and the bleak future he created was inspired by Charlie Chaplin's speech that is sampled on the track. This won for Best Track at the 2014 Q Awards.”

According to Songmeaning, a website where people share their opinions on what songs mean, one user said, “I think he is saying that the war we are fighting now is against the "machine society. We don't know what to think because we haven't been told what to think!”

The website also states that “It is about the government and the breakdown of our society and the fact that Scotland want(s) independence. Paolo was a big advocate for the yes vote and made no secret of it…”

Here is the music video so you can watch and listen to the song.