Customer Reviews


7 Reviews
5 star:
 (7)
4 star:    (0)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first truly great Screaming Trees album., 16 April 2002
By 
Jason Parkes (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
(No. 1 Hall OF FAME REVIEWER)   
This review is from: Sweet Oblivion (Audio CD)
This is where Screaming Trees made their first perfect album- the previous year's 'Uncle Anethesia' had been fine song-wise: the production & mixing gave it a flat sound. Here producer Don Fleming (Dinosaur Jr, Hole, Posies,Teenage Fanclub) & mixer Andy Wallace ('Nevermind', 'Grace')give the perfect sound to the tuneful sonic barrage that was the Trees.
Screaming Trees were overlooked in the whole grunge (non)phenemenon- see Naomi Klein's comments on its apolitical pseudo-revolution in 'No Logo'. Starting off as a band closer to Butthole Surfers & Black Sabbath, they did not develop as songwriters until the early 90's. This shift was precipitated by singer Mark Lanegan's foray into solo work- producing the brilliant 'The Winding Sheet' with Mike Johnson. The songs on 'UA' were of a much better quality than before: Lay Your Head Down standing out. The lineup changed with Mike Pickeral being ousted by multi-instrumentalist & brilliant drummer, Barrett Martin (who has also played on 'Rated R', 'Up' and Lanegan's solo albums). So, everything came together on this brilliant album- almost as great as the stratospheric 'Dust' (the Trees final release).
'Shadow of the Season' is an epic opener- moving into guitar overload with ease-imagine a concise Led Zep...'Nearly Lost You' & 'Dollar Bill' were the singles. The former was featured in 'Singles' & has a Cream/Hendrix flavour to its wonderful radiosong construction. The latter is an acoustic based ballad they would perfect with 'Sworn & Broken'; imagine a grunge 'Wonderwall'!...'More or Less' is a midpaced track that has hooks aplenty- Lanegan's lyrics fusing with the Connor-Bros. riffs...'Butterfly' is a precursor of 'Dust's brilliant 'Make My Mind'; this is close to the Trees live sound. The background keyboards & piano would feature heavily on the next album...'For Celebrations Past' is a bonus track on the CD- but is as good quality as the rest of the album. It is a light rocker that gets more epic on the chorus; as with the 'Dust'-b-sides 'Wasted Time' & 'Silver Tongue' you wonder why they became out-takes...'The Secret Kind' is a more conventional thrash- think The Who 'Live at Leeds' meets 'Witness' or 'Something About Today'...'Winter Song' opens with a blues riff that Soundgarden would have wet-dreamt for; it is a slightly more conventional rock song- though as great as anything by Queens of the Stone Age- or off Pearl Jam's 'Vs.'...'Troubled Times' moves even more to the blues- the territory Lanegan's solo work is aligned to- the song eventually mutates into a band number as 'Gospel Plow'. This is classic Screaming Trees: hooks galore & epic rock...'No One Knows' is a resigned ballad where Gary Lee Connor's chiming guitar fuses with Lanegan's downbeat experiences...Finally 'Julie Paradise' ends the first great Screaming Trees album. It reminds me of Masters of Reality live- the song just begins as a kind of jam before the catchy hook establishs itself: "In the water/something's going wrong"- the powerful riffs come in & the band take the album home. This is as great way as a great album can end; will people finally discover the joys of Screaming Trees?
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rock album for the ages, 20 Feb. 2010
By 
Andy (Shropshire, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Sweet Oblivion (Audio CD)
I bought this when it came out and I have never tired of it. I only wish I'd seen them live. Absolutely timeless.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 Mar. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Sweet Oblivion (Audio CD)
Perfect!!!!!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Oblivion is the album I pull out when people ..., 7 July 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Sweet Oblivion (Audio CD)
My first encounter with Screaming Trees was 'Dust' which I honestly thought couldn't be topped. How wrong was I?!?

Sweet Oblivion is the album I pull out when people try to tell me Nirvana and Pearl Jam were the Seatle grunge band to listen to.

Get this album, play it loud and enjoy. Simple as that.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 22 Sept. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Sweet Oblivion (Audio CD)
Love this album, had it on cassette tape but no tape player...
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars smileysmiley, 17 May 2005
By A Customer
This review is from: Sweet Oblivion (Audio CD)
This album is absolutely undeniably brilliant. I can't really fault it, Lanegans folksy and yet thundering vocals just keep you there. Buy it, it be darn good and better!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars never heard a album so beautiful and heavy, 21 May 2005
This review is from: Sweet Oblivion (Audio CD)
Mark Lanegan, featured on queens of the stoneage decent album songs for the deaf and i think he's on there new one, but he's best as a solo performer, or when he was with the forgotten band called screaming tree that never got enough mainstream attetion as say the likes of nirvana, pearl jam and soundgarden,
these guys wrote crunchy pop rock songs mark lanegan had a way of making the listener feel happy when he was pouring out his heart with blissful dark lyrics,
everyone that was around in 92 will know the single nearly lost you? pure beauty that you NEED TO LISTEN TOO,
there quite alot of standout tracks
shadow of the season, nearly lost you, dollar bill, more or less
butterfly,
go on treat youself to a fantastic "grunge" album that will never get the mainstream attention it's deserves,
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Sweet Oblivion
Sweet Oblivion by Screaming Trees (Audio CD - 1991)
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews