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This Fool Can Die Now

Scout Niblett

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Nottingham, England singer-songwriter Scout Niblett (real name, Emma Louise, stage name taken from Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird) plays a coarse folk-based indie-rock music where the sudden percussive stabs, errant guitar leads and jagged vocal lines form an uncompromising electric-rustic sound. Her raw power begins with traditional folk and rock forms and then lashes out. Aided by ‘au natural’ producer Steve Albini — and on four cuts by alt.country eccentric Will Oldham, including covers of Marilyn Monroe’s “River of No Return,” Van Morrison’s “Comfort You” and the traditional “Do You Want To Be Buried With My People?” — Niblett captures a primitive fire (“Moon Lake”), an eerie psychotic menace (“Let Thine Heart Be Warmed,” “Your Last Chariot”) and a pastoral calm (“Comfort You”) that makes her music both a challenge and an unusual meditative oasis. Comparisons to PJ Harvey and Cat Power serve as reference points, but only superficially skim her deep, involving sound. Anyone seeking a polished, soothing singer should avoid this album at all costs. But anyone intrigued with music that serves as unrestrained emotional catharsis will find much to work through here.

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This Fool Can Die Now

I've always felt that Scout (or Emma Louise) did a good job depicting her music through her album covers. Her debut, Sweet Heart Fever, had a black and white smoky portrait of her shrugging off into the distance. That album had flavor like one of those coffee houses with sullen dark songwriters, drinking black coffee. I Am depicted her with a childish exasperated look, seemingly taken with a Polaroid. That album had an ultimate stripped down, carefree ambience. Kidnapped By Neptune looks like it was taken with a cheap camera reflecting her orange reflectors gleaming in the dark. That album was dark and at the same time hinted with a bit of magic (not being cliche) and astrology infatuation. This album, This Fool Can Die Now shows a more confident scout walking on water on a fall evening in a creek. This album is perfectly manifested by that photo. This Scout is much more confident, much more daring, and has hints of medieval armor and flavor to it. Plus, it's more echoey, Steve Albini makes sure of it (as with most of his other raw recordings with her). While there are many fillers, there are some great, great songs on here. Her yelping on Let Thine Heart Be Warmed, absolutely GORGEOUS Black Hearted Queen, and thoughtful Dinosaur Egg are all big standouts. And the single, Kiss, as well, but I favor the others more. This is definitely a good find. Definitely a departure of all that glossy, pretentious pop that's going on. And sadly enough, a good chunk of indie is that too. Live on, Scout.

Might Be Scout's Best Yet!

I had the pleasure of seeing Scout Niblett live at the Knitting Factory a few months back, and she performed many of the songs from this album. I have to say: she does not dissapoint. Her voice is so haunting and lovely, and she has this wonderful atmospheric quality that comes through despite the minimalistic musicianship. Also, it's nice to see another great album engineered by Albini. Like most amazing folk albums, it takes more than one listen to properly appreciate, but once you do, gorgeous songs like "Kiss", "Black Hearted Queen", and "Let Thine Heart Be Warmed" will stay with you.

i like it alot...

"this kiss coulda killed me..." this song kills me. in the best way.

Biography

Born: September 29, 1973 in Nottingham, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Scout Niblett is Nottingham, England's answer to all the brash, intelligent, and honest female songwriters who emerged from America during the early 21st century. Continually compared to Cat Power and fellow countrywoman PJ Harvey, Niblett (real name: Emma Louise) proved her own merit with a strong, stark voice and a penchant for spartan songs containing only drums and vocals. She also became known for her eccentricity, which included a fondness for wigs. Her lyrics, however, displayed a more serious...
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