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Alternative & Indie - Released May 9, 2005 | Too Pure

"[T]here's plenty of low slung tension, and a characteristically heavy drum sound, accompanied by chunky guitar riffs....Niblett takes the old quiet-loud dynamic and stretches it to unexpected lengths..." © TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released March 9, 2007 | Too Pure

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 24, 2004 | Too Pure

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 21, 2003 | Secretly Canadian

On the follow-up to Sweet Heart Fever, Scout Niblett has stripped away any pretense of traditional song structure and record album production. This is a barebones and stark one-woman rock show. Niblett performs all of the instruments here: vocals, drums, percussion, guitar, and singing bowl. One of two guitar and vocal-only songs, the beautifully simple "Rimsky to the Rescue" is the standout track here, far outshining the songs that use only drums and vocals, or vocals only. Although both playful and ferocious at times, this recording is a raw and lyrically moving tribute to the dark beauty of Scout Niblett's England. This mini-album was recorded live, just a train ride away from her hometown of Nottingham, England, and it sounds live. It's a rare thing in this age of overblown production to find anything quite as stripped down and whimsical, but after the initial shock wears off, everything fits together in a strange and jarring way. The stark and savage nature of I Conjure Series is essential for Secretly Canadian and Scout Niblett completists, but for those unfamiliar with her work Sweet Heart Fever is definitely the record you should purchase first. © Terrance Miles /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 17, 2001 | Secretly Canadian

Similar to many of the artists in the Secretly Canadian stable, Scout Niblett also has an affinity for soft vocals, hard acoustic guitars, and tear-drenched lyrics that bubble over with emotion. Immediate references to Cat Power and PJ Harvey may be inevitable, but Scout (aka Emma Louise Niblett) definitely has a voice all her own. And it's easily distinguished for those who can tell Songs: Ohia's Jason Molina and Palace's Will Oldham apart, but for others there won't be as much discrepancy. Niblett's debut, Sweet Heart Fever, is filled with lush, melodic compositions of the minimal sort. Usually with just a guitar and angelic voice, Niblett tells serious tales with heartfelt songwriting, sounding uncannily American even though she's British. Her somewhat gothic sound is incredibly warm in tone yet touches a sense of longing and loneliness. Regardless, Niblett will warm your heart from the first couple of tracks in. Only occasionally is Kristian Goddard's drumming enlisted, and it sits comfortably in the second place, providing a light oomph to Niblett's swelling vocals. The songs are pensive and tuneful throughout, and only in one rare instance does she fall off the rails. This exception is the clumsy "Big Bad Man," even though it is the hardest of all the tracks -- as it sees Niblett getting up from behind her guitar and seemingly rocking out in a somewhat childish and goofy manner. Aside from that, the other 13 tracks are superlative. Sweet Heart Fever is a stunning debut. © Ken Taylor /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 2, 2003 | Secretly Canadian

On the follow-up to 2001's Sweet Heart Fever, Emma Louise Niblett (aka Scout Niblett) bestows listeners with more of her irreverent, lo-fi creations. The second song, "No-ones Wrong (Giricocola)," features some bluesy, early Cat Power-like brash instrumentation and a relentlessly focused vocal delivery, serving listeners with the warning that this 13-track disc is sure to be a bumpy ride, and it is. Early on and throughout, Niblett offers acoustic solo ventures, and intriguing ventures into indie rock with guitarist Chris Saligoe and drummer Pete Schreiner. Her sly, relaxed vocals on eerie efforts like "Until Death" and "Fire Flies" (featuring a whimsical eukelele) quickly stand out as Niblett's strength. "I'll Be a Prince (Shhh)" and "Boy" surely conjure up comparisons to PJ Harvey, but such a correlation is not fair to either artist. Niblett's uncanny knack for creating dizzyingly original and poetic songs keeps listeners interested simply because they know she is not one to give in to convention. Wildly creative guitar lines on "Drummer Boy" might serve as the crescendo of this rollercoaster of an album, as the song also includes Niblett's most feverish vocals of the disc. "It's All for You" is an offbeat, unconventional drums-and-vocals riot that encompasses Niblett's spirit. The title track ends the disc and serves as an exclamation mark on Niblett's "love me or leave me" approach. As the eukelele chants behind her, she belts out a repetitive series of poetic affirmations, solidifying herself as one of the most unique voices in independent music. The British Niblett embraced American indie avant-garde on I Am. Steve Albini recorded I Am at Electrical Audio Studio and Secretly Canadian Records released the disc in September 2003. © Stephen Cramer /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released May 23, 2005 | Too Pure

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 9, 2007 | Too Pure