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Album Review

Scout's second album It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time features more well-written, melancholy pop songs and more yearning, smoky vocals from Ashen Keilyn. In the best possible way, this group sounds completely out of place in the late '90s. Instead, Scout finds kindred spirits in early and mid-'90s alternative groups like Madder Rose, Buffalo Tom, and Bettie Serveert, whose songs embraced emotion and catchiness as well as feedback and noisy guitars. Similarly, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time explores bruised, bittersweet pop territory on songs like the sweetly confessional "All I Want Is You" and "State of Main," and throws in a heartfelt cover of the Replacements' "Unsatisfied" for good measure. Though most of the album continues along these lines, the band picks up the pace on "Always Waiting," and "Rumor" adds some spooky, surfy guitars to "There I Go Now" and finishes with two lyrical, folk-tinged songs, "Won't Ask Why" and "Clutch." Even if it tends toward sameness, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time's shimmering, earnest pop is consistently appealing.

Biography

Formed: 1993 in Flint, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Scout began in the early '90s after vocalist/guitarist Ashen Keilyn and drummer Nigel Rawles decamped from Michigan, headed east to New York City, hooked up with locals Rimas Remeza (bass) and Steve Shiltz (guitar), and began gigging around town. Area indie Deep Elm took notice and issued Scout's debut 7" in 1996. "Plague Dogs" was dream pop roughed up by Replacements influences, yet steadied by Keilyn's unique voice, which sometimes suggested a less strident Patti Smith. Scout jumped to Chrysalis...
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