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Album Review

Scout's Ashen Keilyn comes into her own as a songwriter and as a singer on the band's sophomore album, This Soft Life. Her confidence as an artist comes full circle nearly ten years after planting herself in the East Village dwellings of New York City. Her musical magic with childhood pal/drummer Nigel Rawles is stronger than ever, positioning Scout to merge their indie rock stylings with radio-ready dynamics for a full, lovely sound. Producer/engineer Carl Glanville (Counting Crows, Jesse Malin, Shudder to Think) maintains Scout's flowing, pre-grunge design by surrounding Keilyn's soft, brooding vocals with intricate arrangements from Rawles and new guitarist Brian Silverman. As a trio, Scout has never sounded more relaxed or more together as they do on This Soft Life. Songs such as "Before You" and "Good Enough For Now" are unshaken pop gems with pulsating riffs, while "Come On & Go," and "No One Asked You" are melancholy and edgy. This Soft Life is an intimate soundscape that doesn't expand beyond the band's intentionally warm presentation. Scout keeps things minimal and such a move allows the songs to speak for themselves.


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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