Sweet Oblivion

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Sweet Oblivion
Studio album by Screaming Trees
Released September 8, 1992
Recorded March, 1992
Genre Grunge, neo-psychedelia
Length 46:13
Label Epic
Producer Don Fleming
Screaming Trees chronology
Anthology: SST Years 1985-1989
(1991)
Sweet Oblivion
(1992)
Winter Songs Tour Tracks
(1992)

Sweet Oblivion is Screaming Trees' sixth full-length album, released on September 8, 1992. The recording was the band's highest landmark in terms of album sales, and was the closest they came to ever achieving mainstream success. Sweet Oblivion sold in excess of 300,000 copies on the strength of "Nearly Lost You". The band's biggest hit, it benefited from an appearance on the Singles soundtrack, a Top Ten, platinum-selling hit album which featured many other popular Seattle-based music acts from the period.

Personnel changes around the time of the album also led to the replacing of original drummer Mark Pickerel, who left to pursue other musical interests, with Barrett Martin. Four years passed in between Sweet Oblivion and the band's follow-up album, Dust, a move that arguably hurt much of the Trees' commercial momentum.[1]

Reviews[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]
Q 4/5 stars[5]
NME 4/5 stars[6]
Robert Christgau B+[7]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Shadow of the Season"   L. Conner/Lanegan 4:34
2. "Nearly Lost You"   L. Conner/V. Conner/Lanegan 4:07
3. "Dollar Bill"   V. Conner/Lanegan 4:35
4. "More or Less"   L. Conner/V. Conner/Lanegan 3:11
5. "Butterfly"   L. Conner/V. Conner/Lanegan 3:22
6. "For Celebrations Past"   L. Conner/V. Conner/Lanegan/Martin 4:09
7. "The Secret Kind"   L. Conner/V. Conner/Lanegan/Martin 3:08
8. "Winter Song"   L. Conner/Lanegan 3:43
9. "Troubled Times"   L. Conner/V. Conner/Lanegan/Martin 5:20
10. "No One Knows"   L. Conner/Lanegan 5:13
11. "Julie Paradise"   V. Conner/Lanegan 5:05

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Peak
1992 Heatseekers 4
1993 The Billboard 200 141

Singles

Year Single Chart Peak
1992 "Nearly Lost You" Mainstream Rock Tracks 12
"Nearly Lost You" Modern Rock Tracks 5
Hot 100 Airplay 62
UK Singles Chart 50
1993 "Dollar Bill" Mainstream Rock Tracks 40
Modern Rock Tracks 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "allmusic ((( Dust > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved March 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "allmusic ((( Sweet Oblivion > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved March 17, 2010. 
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan. "Screaming Trees". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. November 2004. pg. 721, cited March 17, 2010
  4. ^ Farber, Jim. "Sweet Oblivion". Entertainment Weekly. October 1992. pg. 58, cited March 17, 2010
  5. ^ "Screaming Trees". Q. October 1992. pg. 90, cited March 17, 2010
  6. ^ "Screaming Trees". NME. October 1992. pg. 37, cited March 17, 2010
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Screaming Trees". robertchristgau.com, Retrieved on March 17, 2010.
  8. ^ Watts, Chris (31 October 1992). "Screaming Trees 'Sweet Oblivion'". Kerrang! 416. London, UK: EMAP. 

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