Sweet Oblivion

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Sweet Oblivion
Screaming Trees Sweet Oblivion.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 8, 1992
RecordedMarch 1992
Genre
Length46:13
LabelEpic
ProducerDon Fleming
Screaming Trees chronology
Anthology: SST Years 1985–1989
(1991)
Sweet Oblivion
(1992)
Winter Songs Tour Tracks
(1992)
Singles from Sweet Oblivion
  1. "Nearly Lost You"
    Released: December 12, 1992
  2. "Dollar Bill"
    Released: March 7, 1993

Sweet Oblivion is the sixth studio album by Screaming Trees, released on September 8, 1992. It quickly became the band's best-selling record, and was the closest they ever came to achieving mainstream success. Sweet Oblivion sold in excess of 300,000 copies on the strength of “Nearly Lost You”.[8] The band's biggest hit, “Nearly Lost You” benefited from an appearance on Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, a Top Ten, platinum-selling hit album which featured many other popular Seattle-based music acts from the period.

Around the time of the recording of the album, the band’s original drummer Mark Pickerel left to pursue other musical interests, and was replaced with Barrett Martin.

Nearly four years passed in between Sweet Oblivion and the band's follow-up album, Dust, a move that hurt much of the band's commercial momentum.[9]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[10]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[11]
Kerrang!4/5[12]
Los Angeles Times[13]
NME8/10[14]
Q[15]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[7]
Select5/5[16]
Spin Alternative Record Guide9/10[17]
The Village VoiceB+[18]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Shadow of the Season"L. Conner, Lanegan4:32
2."Nearly Lost You"L. Conner, V. Conner, Lanegan4:06
3."Dollar Bill"V. Conner, Lanegan4:35
4."More or Less"L. Conner, V. Conner, Lanegan3:13
5."Butterfly"L. Conner, V. Conner, Lanegan3:21
6."For Celebrations Past"L. Conner, V. Conner, Lanegan, Martin4:10
7."The Secret Kind"L. Conner, V. Conner, Lanegan, Martin3:09
8."Winter Song"L. Conner, Lanegan3:43
9."Troubled Times"L. Conner, V. Conner, Lanegan, Martin5:21
10."No One Knows"L. Conner, Lanegan5:13
11."Julie Paradise"V. Conner, Lanegan5:05

Personnel[edit]

Screaming Trees

Technical

Visual

  • David Coleman – art direction
  • Michael Lavine – photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[19] 141
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[20] 4

References[edit]

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  6. ^ a b "The 20 Greatest Grunge Albums of All Time". Spin. Vol. 20, no. 4. SPIN Media LLC. April 2004. p. 62. Retrieved December 26, 2021.
  7. ^ a b Randall, Mac (2004). "Screaming Trees". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 721. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  8. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Screaming Trees Biography, Songs, & Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  9. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Dust - Screaming Trees | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved March 17, 2010.
  10. ^ Huey, Steve. "Sweet Oblivion – Screaming Trees". AllMusic. Retrieved March 17, 2010.
  11. ^ Farber, Jim (October 9, 1992). "Sweet Oblivion". Entertainment Weekly: 58. Retrieved March 17, 2010.
  12. ^ Watts, Chris (October 31, 1992). "Screaming Trees 'Sweet Oblivion'". Kerrang!. Vol. 416. London, UK: EMAP.
  13. ^ McOmber, James Martin (November 8, 1992). "Screaming Trees: 'Sweet Oblivion' (Epic)". Los Angeles Times.
  14. ^ "Screaming Trees: Sweet Oblivion". NME: 37. October 3, 1992.
  15. ^ "Screaming Trees: Sweet Oblivion". Q (73): 90. October 1992.
  16. ^ Perry, Andrew (November 1992). "Screaming Trees: Sweet Oblivion". Select (29): 84–85.
  17. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  18. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 9, 1993). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved March 17, 2010.
  19. ^ "Screaming Trees Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 20, 2021.
  20. ^ "Screaming Trees Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 20, 2021.

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