It's Up To Emma

Scout Niblett - It's Up To Emma
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2013 Ratings: #311 / 955
User Score
Based on 20 ratings
May 21, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Drag City / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

84
Paste

Though cast from Niblett’s typical primary elements, It’s Up To Emma sounds richer and fuller than past records, the lyrical directness adding one more driving force in a mix balanced out by taut strings, bone-shake tambourine and railcar blasts of EBow.

80
AllMusic

The naked emotion expressed here doesn't exactly make for an easy listening experience, but it's a brave, welcome, and perhaps even necessary one.

76
Pitchfork

Even as harrowing and discomfiting an experience as Emma is, it's the most listenable record Niblett has made since her debut; caustic in a totally different way than usual.

75
Under The Radar

The singer sheds herself of what little accoutrement she's had in the past; these songs are Niblett, her guitar, her drummer, and little else.

70
musicOMH

This album changes nothing in terms of her previous work; if anything it’s more minimal and darker, but as long as she continues to feel the pain expressed here, her hurt is our gain.

60
The Fly

Throughout, Niblett’s lonesome, PJ Harvey-like voice and grunge-bitten guitar are central, while disorientating snare cracks serve to underline her forlorn tales of domestic crises

60
NME

Songs average about five minutes, and tend to have one simple, good idea that doesn’t bear extensive repeating.

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END OF YEAR LISTS

#110/Under the Radar

Track List

  1. Gun 
  2. Can't Fool Me Now 
  3. My Man
  4. Second Chance Dreams 
  5. Woman and Man 
  6. All Night Long 
  7. No Scrubs
  8. Could This Possibly Be?
  9. What Can I Do?
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Added on: May 6, 2013