Album review

Scout Niblett - I Conjure Series

On 2001's promising Sweet Heart Fever, Nottingham's Scout Niblett presented herself as a combination of Cat Power and P J Harvey. For this follow-up, however, one suspects she's tried too hard to cultivate her own idiosyncrasies. A couple of tracks are in Japanese, while others feature Niblett accompanied only by her Animal-ish drumming. A bolshy experiment. Presumably she's saved the tunes for her Steve Albini-produced full-length album, due in spring

Rating: 2 / 10


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