Sweet Oblivion

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Sweet Oblivion
Screaming Trees Sweet Oblivion.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 8, 1992
RecordedMarch 1992
ProducerDon Fleming
Screaming Trees chronology
Anthology: SST Years 1985–1989
Sweet Oblivion
Winter Songs Tour Tracks

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”.[2] 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.

Four years passed in between Sweet Oblivion and the band's follow-up album, Dust, a move that hurt much of the Trees' commercial momentum.[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[5]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[7]
Q4/5 stars[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[10]
Spin Alternative Record Guide9/10[12]
The Village VoiceB+[13]

Track listing[edit]

1."Shadow of the Season"L. Conner, Lanegan4:34
2."Nearly Lost You"L. Conner, V. Conner, Lanegan4:07
3."Dollar Bill"V. Conner, Lanegan4:35
4."More or Less"L. Conner, V. Conner, Lanegan3:11
5."Butterfly"L. Conner, V. Conner, Lanegan3:22
6."For Celebrations Past"L. Conner, V. Conner, Lanegan, Martin4:09
7."The Secret Kind"L. Conner, V. Conner, Lanegan, Martin3:08
8."Winter Song"L. Conner, Lanegan3:43
9."Troubled Times"L. Conner, V. Conner, Lanegan, Martin5:20
10."No One Knows"L. Conner, Lanegan5:13
11."Julie Paradise"V. Conner, Lanegan5:05


Screaming Trees



  • David Coleman – art direction
  • Michael Lavine – photography



Year Chart Peak
1992 Heatseekers 4
1993 The Billboard 200 141


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


  1. ^ a b c Sweet Oblivion
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Screaming Trees Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "allmusic ((( Dust > Review )))". AllMusic. Retrieved March 17, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Huey, Steve. "Sweet Oblivion – Screaming Trees". AllMusic. Retrieved March 17, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Farber, Jim (October 9, 1992). "Sweet Oblivion". Entertainment Weekly: 58. Retrieved March 17, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Watts, Chris (October 31, 1992). "Screaming Trees 'Sweet Oblivion'". Kerrang!. 416. London, UK: EMAP.
  7. ^ McOmber, James Martin (November 8, 1992). "Screaming Trees: 'Sweet Oblivion' (Epic)". Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ "Screaming Trees: Sweet Oblivion". NME: 37. October 3, 1992.
  9. ^ "Screaming Trees: Sweet Oblivion". Q (73): 90. October 1992.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Perry, Andrew (November 1992). "Screaming Trees: Sweet Oblivion". Select (29): 84–85.
  12. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  13. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 9, 1993). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved March 17, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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