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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Grunge" album, 18 Mar 2004
This review is from: Dust (Audio CD)
I bought this record after i heard Mark Lannagan on "Songs for the deaf". His lyrics struck me on "Song for the dead", "Life's the art of dying, better do it right." I had high expectations of the Screaming Trees considering the high standard of work on "Songs for the deaf", and i wasn't dissapointed. This explores differant sounds with many instruments, and to some may be "over-produced", but the truth is the organ's, sitars and tabla's (to name just a few instruments that are used) all add to the album without making it seem crowded or pretentious. The quality of the recordings is of the highest standard, and the production is something that many should learn from. The quality of the song writing does this justice. "All I Know", is a strinkingly heavy riff tempered with uplifting melody. This coupled with the lyrics of despair and hopelessness do make it a throughly interesting experience. This is a re-curring theme throughout "Dust". "Dying Days", "Make My Mind" and "Sworn and Broken" all echo a similar mood, emotion and feeling. Whilst these songs have the wide variety of instruments that are included in this album, no other songs on this album as "Halo of Ashes" and "Gospel Plow" bring this to the forefront.These songs are spiritually uplifting and definately some of the best on the album. To be honest, "Halo of Ashes" was one of my least favourite on the album at first, but after listening to it a couple of times, i started to understand the mastery that is expressed in this album. Since buying this album, i have seen Mark Lannagan live at the Manchester Academy, and have been influenced in a huge way by his and the "Screaming Trees" music. This album is the best of all their work, and still remains my favourite. If you like heavy rock of all kinds, you WILL appreciate this music. It is some of the most spiritually uplifting and damming music i hav ever heard. I strongly reccommend that you buy this album. There should be copies floating around in a second hand music store near you.
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