11 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After nearly dissolving due to internal strife and alcohol abuse, Screaming Trees regrouped with a new drummer for 1992’s Sweet Oblivion, which they assumed would be their farewell album. Instead, it made them one of America's most popular rock bands. Boosted by a hit single—“Nearly Lost You,” an urgent and exasperated love song that remains one of the group’s best—the album feels like the one the Trees had been trying to make for their whole career. Mark Lanegan’s wizened vocals finally found a comfortable way to coexist with Gary Lee Connor's unpredictable guitar work. Meanwhile, the songwriting is sterling. Besides “Nearly Lost You,” the album boasts “Shadow of the Season,” “For Celebrations Past,” “The Secret Kind," and “Winter Song”: a string of tracks that epitomize the group's particular brand of pop music velocity. “More or Less” is as close as the Trees ever came to outright grunge. In reality, they were much sweeter and tenderer than they usually get credit for. The scarred yet valiant vulnerability that Lanegan brings to “Dollar Bill” and “Julie Paradise” would become the defining trait of his solo career.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

After nearly dissolving due to internal strife and alcohol abuse, Screaming Trees regrouped with a new drummer for 1992’s Sweet Oblivion, which they assumed would be their farewell album. Instead, it made them one of America's most popular rock bands. Boosted by a hit single—“Nearly Lost You,” an urgent and exasperated love song that remains one of the group’s best—the album feels like the one the Trees had been trying to make for their whole career. Mark Lanegan’s wizened vocals finally found a comfortable way to coexist with Gary Lee Connor's unpredictable guitar work. Meanwhile, the songwriting is sterling. Besides “Nearly Lost You,” the album boasts “Shadow of the Season,” “For Celebrations Past,” “The Secret Kind," and “Winter Song”: a string of tracks that epitomize the group's particular brand of pop music velocity. “More or Less” is as close as the Trees ever came to outright grunge. In reality, they were much sweeter and tenderer than they usually get credit for. The scarred yet valiant vulnerability that Lanegan brings to “Dollar Bill” and “Julie Paradise” would become the defining trait of his solo career.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 Ratings

elvis77 ,

I love this disc!

A great disc. Early 90's but NOT dated one bit. Mark Langdon has got a great voice and this disc holds up much better then other bands discs of the same time, like say Smashing Pumpkins, or even Pearl Jam....Check it out if you don't have it yet...It's great.

YourNeighbor ,

Amazing Cd!

Its amazing that Screaming Trees didnt become as popular as other Seattle Grunge bands. This Cd has no flaws. One of the few Cd's that i can listen to without skiping a track.

Oldschoolhead ,

Son of Mother Love Bone!

just buy it, turn it up and rip the knob off....

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