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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.

Customer Reviews

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.

sweet oblivion

intersting you say know your music, Iha never did a solo. open your mouth, prove yourself a fool.

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.


Formed: 1985 in Ellensburg, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Where many of their Seattle-based contemporaries dealt in reconstructed Black Sabbath and Stooges riffs, Screaming Trees fused '60s psychedelia and garage rock with '70s hard rock and '80s punk. Over the course of their career, their more abrasive punk roots eventually gave way to a hard-edged, rootsy psychedelia that drew from rock and folk equally. After releasing several albums on indie labels like SST and Sub Pop, Screaming Trees moved to Epic Records in 1989. Though they were one of the first...
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