Since we're all blessed and cursed with unique fingerprints, there are differences between the two, of course, accentuated by Niblett's English birth, which in this artsy context just makes her sound vaguely foreign. At times she comes across like Björk gone grunge-minimalist, at others like Beth Gibbons of Portishead, with mania added to the melancholy. In fact, Niblett's cooing-to-keening dynamics and earthy guitar-drum arrangements can evoke Nirvana, especially on the "Lithium"-like "Lullaby for Scout in 10 Years," from the new Kidnapped in Neptune (Too Pure). But if murky romanticism masquerading as naked expressionism is all that St. Kurt was about, then maybe Gus Van Sant is just the director to document his last days after all.
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