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Dust

Screaming Trees

1996

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4

Not bad at all. Didn't know them yet and didn't have very high expectations when I read about them, but it's really very decent. A variation of rather light grunge with some more experimental psychedelic rock mixed in. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

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5

Uninspiring cover hides grand and majestic grunge (not grunge) album with nods to classic hard rock, 60s psychedelia, folk and blues instead of the nihilistic pop punk and metal of their contemporaries. Underrated.

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5

I really enjoyed this album. Unexpected gem for me, hit in all the right places. I was a big fan of a lot of the grunge that came out (Pearl am, Nirvana, etc.). I don't know how I missed this group!

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4

Usually when I read that a band is classified as "grunge" I'm not super excited. Most bands in that genre don't appeal to me - the music is too heavy on the noise and light on the melody. This was really good however. Solid songs, solid production, interesting tunes. 3.5 stars rounding up to 4.

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Je n'ai aucune envie de vous livrer une critique à froid, plus de dix heures après avoir écouté cet album. C'est la raison pour laquelle je vais vous retranscrire mot pour mot l'échange que j'ai eu avec mon compagnon d'écoute gadelmapeze une poignée de minutes seulement après en avoir terminé avec les Screaming Trees : - Il était bien l'album d'aujourd'hui ? - Pas mal, disons 3,5. Problème : la note 3,5 n'existe pas sur ce site ô combien mal pensé. Alors pour remédier à cette anomalie , j'ai mis au point une méthode consistant à arrondir à l'entier inférieur. Trois sur cinq.

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5

This band is so underrated

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4

The middle eastern grunge thing going on in “Halo of Ashes” is really cool and unique. A lot of folk and blues influences I’m enjoying here too as I get into “Dying Days”. Really solid 90s rock album by a band I’d never heard of!

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Except for the first track, Halo of Ashes, I found myself at first thinking "pretty standard grunge fare." Halo of Ashes was definitely unique with its Eastern-tinged grunge and made for a great opener. The following tracks at first seem to fall into that standard grunge fare category, but it's probably not fair to simply refer to Screaming Trees as Standard Grunge Fare. This band was an early part of the Seattle scene but never broke through like the other bands (but apparently the other bands were fans of Screaming Trees). Articles about the band say the problem was the band was seriously dysfunctional. In fact, this was their last album, released in 1996, followed by two years of touring, a hiatus, and a breakup in 2000. After listening a few times, it's hard not to wonder how they weren't superstars like their contemporaries. The album grew on me, particularly the later tracks. The songs are catchy and the production quality is first class. The singer has a great voice that is definitely part of the grunge sound but is still distinct. On first listen I was going to rate it a 3, which I define as "a good album that I don't mind hearing but wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out." For me a 4 is a great album that maybe has a few weak tracks or requires a particular mood. I'll call this a 3.5 and round up to a 4.

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Buenísimo álbum. No conocía a esta banda. Me gustó completo el disco. Definitivamente no es grunge, pero se nota que fue influencia para el género.

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4

I would have been all up on this in the 90s - feels a bit stuck in time.

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I had forgotten that I knew most of the songs- this is a really strong and still very listenable example of the genre and the time that does more than just replicate a sound. Happy to have been prompted to listen again!

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Mucho mejor de lo que esperaba al ver la portada. Con ese dibujo feo y el nombre de la banda me imaginé que iba a ser (más) punk o progresivo y resultó ser un alternativo noventero bastante agradable que me recuerda a Alice In Chains, Janes Addiction o algo del estilo. Nada malo y con algunas rolas que incluso agregué a mi librería.

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Otro álbum, y otra banda que probablemente jamás habría conocido de no ser por este disco. Me sorprende mucho no haber escuchado nunca de esta banda, aunque viendo en su bio que tuvieron muchos periodos de inactivadad, creo que no debería sorprenderme tanto. Supongo que las disqueras dejaron de darles promoción al percibirlos como 'poco confiables'. Las canciones que me gustaron más fueron Halo of Ashes, Look and You y especialmente Gospel Plow.

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4

Fantastic album and one I have never heard. I'll be back for more listens

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4

Pretty awesome rock album from I band I was unfamiliar with. Rock with a bit more blues influence.

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4

Hell of a fun album. 4.5

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Great easy listening bop to grill to.

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7/10. Pretty good.

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7/10. Solid album, but not outstanding. I like the way this combined 90s sounds with elements of classic rock.

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4

That was the first time that I have heard this album. It had Themes similar to the head boys album I listened to in high school

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The Trees broke through on the neo-psych grunge of "Sweet Oblivion" but this is their greatest artistic triumph, encompassing not just psych influences (especially noticeable on the sitar-tinged opener "Halo of Ashes") but country and blues as well, especially on closing numbers "Dime Western" and "Gospel Plow". "Make My Mind" is another highlight, with a hook that makes the most of singer Lanegan's gravelly delivery. Unfortunately, the band would dissolve after this high watermark, though the "Last Words" compilation basically serves as a final "lost" album.

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4

Very Echo and The Bunnymen ish

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i enjoyed this a lot more than i'd expected to. i'm pretty sure that if i'd had any interest in straight-up rock & roll back in '96, i would've loved this album then. as it happens, i did not, and as a result, i heard it for the first time only today. i feel like i should have something deep to say about this, but i just don't. it was fun, in a way i was unable to appreciate at the time, but i quite enjoyed hearing it now. Look At You was a fun surprise in a fun overall landscape. good times!

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A reasonable description of the Screaming Trees would be to suggest they're the Eagles of Grunge. As an unabashed Eagles fan, I mean that as a compliment. It might explain why the music press didn't fall over themselves to give Screaming Trees the praise they provided the Nirvanas or Pearl Jams or even Soundgardens of the day. Or maybe it was because this band's vice of choice seemed to be booze instead of some of the hard drugs other grunge bands preferred. Whatever the reason, unlike the wildly successful Eagles, the Screaming Trees just never completely broke through in a way I thought they surely would after hearing them on the "Singles" soundtrack. Maybe their music was just too accessible for the grunge crowd to embrace. Ultimately the music is all that matters. This still holds up quite well - it's not nearly as dated as a lot of grunge from the Era - and deserves reappraisal. One should dock this a point for the horrible album cover, but acquiesce upon remembering the fictional grunge band Matt Dillon fronted in "Singles" called Citizen Dick.

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4

Quite liked this one, each song belonged on the album, great riffs

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4

Cool rock album with a unique ethnic touch with the synth.

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Really good album.

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4.5 Stars. A hard rock grunge record that is great all the way through. I enjoyed every song on here, the melodies and hooks are memorable and its easy listen from start to finish.

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4

Great album and band I was not familiar with!

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I'm way more familiar with Mark Lanegan's solo career, so it's interesting to hear his voice sounding a little younger. This was apparently their final album? I should dig into their back catalog. Fave track - "Make My Mind" or "Witness", I reckon....

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Good album

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Not bad, but very 90s. Not much my style. Well mixed and good instrumentals, though. The album is valleyed, with the best songs at the start and end.

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4

Good stuff. Managed to surprise me more than once.

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Solid 90s grunge

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Goeie indierock oosterse invloeden, heel sferisch Nirvana achtig

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A very cool album. Reminds me of Canadian band Tea Party. I like these guys much more than their grunge brethren like Soundgarden and bands of that ilk. Their sound is more nuanced and the vocals smoother and more inviting. I'll be enjoying this album quite a lot in the coming weeks 4 🌟

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4

Pretty enjoyable.

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4

not my kind of music but still a decent listen - enjoyed the 2nd half more

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I was only aware of Screaming Trees because of Mark Lanegan's collaborations with QotSA. This could be an underrated gem, a grower, I'll be re-listening to in future.

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4

Transported back nearly 30 years by the distinctive sound

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4

I had never heard of this band beforehand, but I really enjoyed this. A great mixture of psychedelic rock and Indian instrumentation. Really strong production. Shame they didn't keep going.

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4

Criminally underrated album Witness is a masterpiece

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I loved this, this feels so foundational

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3

Un album fort sympathique duquel je n'ai absolument rien retenu, inutile de me poser des questions à son sujet par conséquent.

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3

Decent little album, I particularly enjoyed "look at you"

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Standard Grunge fair

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3

Good.

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The Screaming Trees final album encapsulates the final days of grunge in a positive way. You can hear folk and psych influences also on the track Traveler. A good listen (twice) especially since I wasn't in the mood for grunge when I played it. Favorite tracks : Halo of Ashes, Dying Days, Traveler

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Rather bland grunge in my opinion

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Well... I didn't dislike it. A new band and new music for me. I'm not sure if I can pick anything that would stand out to me about the band or the music. It sounded like the 90s.

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There was a few good songs, but there were a few I didn't enjoy as well. Most I probably wouldn't revisit. 3/5 stars.

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Fairly good. Definitely will give it another go

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Kolmisen kertaa kuuntelin ja tykkäsin. Siistiä lightrokkia kevyisiin tai vähän raskaampiinkin tunnelmiin

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Oli vähän hassu levy. Nyt jo aika hyvin kerinnyt unohtaa mitä tuli kuunneltua, mutta välistä soi kivasti silti nousematta kunnolla lentoon.

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2.5| que mal que este sea su "mejor disco", que mal que no los hicieron tan famosos como a Nirvana o Pearl Jam, que Mal que se fueran por el sonido soft del grunge

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2.5 | Otro grupo totalmente nuevo para mí. Se me hizo interesante, rock alternativo noventero muy bien hecho. Me hace pensar en esos puntos que terminan marcando la vida de uno y haciendo gustos y que pueden ser totalmente originados por el azar. Seguramente esta es una banda que en su momento fue "LA BANDA" de mucho adolescentes, simplemente quizá porque fue una canción en un momento adecuado o por algo tan simple como haber sido el disco al que tenían acceso. Creo después de pasar ese rubro de los 13-20 años los gustos, especialmente musicales, se quedan muy afianzados y cada quien tendrá sus "máximos" bastante bien definidos; obviamente conoceremos más música y la podemos apreciar pero siento es difícil llegar a sorprendernos, tener esos impactos emocionales y hacernos de algo demasiado personal a esos primeros niveles. En su lugar tenderemos a apreciar pero casi siempre con un mayor marco de referencia y comparando a cientos de cosas que ahora conocemos. Esa época de exploración y descubrimiento no se puede repetir.... A que va mi divagada sin sentido... a que está muy agradable el disco, pero por qué escucharía esto en lugar de Stone Temple Pilots... Alice in Chains o incluso algo como Dinosaur Jr o tantas tantas bandas de grunge/alternativo que hubo... quizá simplemente suerte... si hubiera conocido esto de entrada a los 14 posiblemente se me haría una obra de arte... Como es, hoy en día, es un disco bastante decente pero que me suena demasiado familiar.

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3

The album is ok. It is not memorable in any way. I was not familiar with any of the songs.

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Pffffffft. Thought it was going to be better than it was.

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some of this was very good, some of it was a bit wet wet wet / savage garden.

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3/5

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I went through a reasonably long Screaming Trees phase before moving on from it (and the relevant genres, for the most part). This is fine but I think there's a lot better material in their earlier work.

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Pretty good 90's rock that takes from a lot of it's contemporaries at the time. Radiohead, Soundgarden, a third band. It's not bad! But it didn't impress me all that much.

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Enjoyable

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Generally boring but inoffensive. 5/10

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I rather like this album. While uneven, the best of the tracks are better than a lot of the watered-down, over-hyped songs and bands with more output in the nineties. I'm not sure why they never crossed my radar back then. If they had, I think I would have listened to this album. Now, it's maybe a bit too rooted in it's time to make a regular rotation for me, but I would like to re-experience it occassionally.

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Hair farmers singing opera.

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3

Not bad. Would listen again

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3

Ok alternative rock sound. Just average to me

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Not bad

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Pretty good album. Nice guitar work, singing, lyrics... but nothing that makes it a real stand-out. Would listen again, though. 3 stars.

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Halo of Ashes 9/10 All I Know 7.5-8/10 Look At You 6/10 Dying Days 8/10 Make My Mind 3/10 Sworn and Broken 8/10 Witness 10/10 Traveler 9/10 Dime Western 5/10 Gospel Plow 6.5/10

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90 tals rock/ indie

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It has something interesting in it. Hard to describe, but some songs are great.

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I thought the genre blending on this album was nice (I liked the country influence!) but it wasn't very memorable.

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Me: I’ve heard of this band- grunge right? Let’s see how I like it. ::Really quite likes it:: Me: I think they might be from Seattle? That would be cool. ::looks it up:: ELLENSBURG?! There are so few bands from Eastern Washington, so that was pretty cool. Favorite songs are All I Know, Look at You, Make My Mind, and Witness. 3.5

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It was okay but all the songs started to sound alike about halfway through.

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Enjoyed some of it

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It is something like this: a tree screaming. Not the type of music that Id like.

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This was certainly the most unique grunge/rock/blues album I've heard so far. It has a lot of different elements incorporated and while I probably wouldn't listen to this very often, it was still an interesting listen. I especially enjoyed how psychedelic the last few songs got; it got me interested in their earlier music which I hear is more psychedelic. Fav songs: All I Know, Traveler

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‘Twas interesting but not delectable by my palette.

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Enjoyed. Having a 3 star week here

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Never listened to Screaming trees before today. Not bad at all

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This is a perfectly good 90s grunge album. It's more thoughtfully done and musically better than a lot of the dreck that was out around the same time. I liked a lot of the songs, but in the end it's not super memorable. Fave Songs: Sworn and Broken, Witness, Look At You, Dying Days, All I know

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The album starts strong and has a good alternative rock vibe... by the time we hit traveler, the album starts to go downhill a bit. Enjoyable but short of excellent.

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Very listenable! I'd liked them before, but hadn't remembered too much and haven't heard much of this one.

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classic rock album, fav song Look at You

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Not bad for 90s music....

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You can really hear the Mike McCready

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Pretty good. I had been familiar with singer Mark Lanegan's work with QOTSA amongst others but never took the plunge on a Screaming Trees album. Mark's voice is pretty great here. Some of the songs are a little bland to me, but there are some definite winners here. My personal favorite was Sworn and Broken. I feel like this album could actually grow on me if I listened to it more. I'd really like to hear their SST era stuff as well. Somewhere between a 5 and a 6 on a 10 point scale for me.

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3

Nothing especially excellent, but a good vibe overall. I was expecting harder rock, but there were some nice peaceful moments.

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Great album, not a fan of most of the songs, but the ones that I liked were bangers.

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pretty average but like lanagans voice and some of the trippier songs. 3

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Escuderos de los grandes triunfadores del grunge tienen canciones buenas pero no brillaron mucho. El disco se deja escuchar y no está mal pero ya. Me han gustado "Halo of ashes" y "Make my mind" que no son las más reproducidas según Spoty, pero eso a quién le importa.

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3

Night at the Bronze.

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Very nostalgic. These songs felt immediately familiar even though I hadn't heard them before, but ultimately it isn't lasting or memorable

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Indie rock - slightly harder Cure or softer Pearl Jam. Strong voice from Lanegan.

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This was good, but not an all-time great record for me

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mildly psychedelic, mildly grunge

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Didn't like this one as much as Carl, but had a good sound to it.

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Very monotonous, many songs had the same sound, but there were definitely some hidden gems on here.

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Decent 90s indie

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It was alright, but I'm over grunge at this point

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Often overlooked but this band was actually consistently good - not least due to Mark Lanegan’s wonderful voice. It is not special and it’s not their best - but it’s a good album that gets better with every listen.

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Indie before indie, sort of classic rock, bit out there. Chilled.

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It is a decent enough album but another one of those ones I question whether it is essential listening. I always saw this band as grunge also rans. A band that changed their style to suit a trend. Mark Lanegan has an amazing voice and there are some nice songs on here but nothing that will get me to put this on high rotation

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less then average 90s rock

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Is alright, not ever gonna set the world on fire but pretty enjoyable

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Nothing special. Not bad, but I wouldn't put it in any albums to die for list.

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eh

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At times the singer’s voice annoyed me (Halo of Ashes). On other songs (Look At You, Traveler) it is OK. I don’t hear anything noteworthy on this album other than the sitar. I powered through, but next time I hear it I’m turning this album off.

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Screaming Trees were at the forefront of the grunge wave in the late 80s... and then kinda got left behind as the genre exploded in the early 90s. They never reached the heights that their compatriots achieved commercially, though apparently "Dust" was critically acclaimed. I'm not really sure why though. I know "All I Know," but I'm not familiar with the rest of the album. The Screaming Trees song I know best is "Nearly Lost You," off 1992's "Sweet Oblivion," mostly because it was on the soundtrack to the movie "Singles" alongside Pearl Jam, Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, and Alice in Chains. What does Screaming Trees not have in common with those bands? I'm kind of at a loss to explain why this was a well-received album. It was voted best album of 1996 by Kerrang! magazine!? Tool's "Ænima" came out that year, among others much better than "Dust." Because "Dust" is pretty unspectacular. It's fairly run-of-the-mill grunge. I don't get much of the folk and blues influence the Wikipedia article claims it has. At the end of the day, I've still got "Nearly Lost You" stuck in my head, even though I didn't actually listen to it today.

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Нормально

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This was a pretty ok album. For grunge it was better than average though and I prefer them to say Soundgarden or Pearl Garden, probably because they’re not as overplayed. Lousy cover art though.

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So I guess that the 1001 execs decide there's 30 or 40 genres (like grunge, for example) that should be addressed in their selections, and then present us with the best releases from those genres. Of course, if you're not a fan of the genre, like grunge for example, you question what exactly it is that makes this band worthy of being on the list. This was the question I was asking after 4 songs when I abandoned. But when I returned and listened to the 2nd half of the CD, which is a bit more acoustic and varied. It could have been worse. Still...

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I only half listened to this one yesterday. My first impression was that the singer's voice was irritating and the music was painfully boring. I thought it would be polite to have a second listen but whenever I opened Spotify I would grunt and close it. I just couldn't convince myself to spend another 45 min. with these brothers.

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Meh. It's no wonder that this band never hit the grunge scene like others. Not much variety to their sound.

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Kinda surprised to find this album on here. It's completely unnotable. No real hits. Certainly didn't change anything even the genera. It's not a bad album, but there's nothing remarkable about it either. To me, it's just another of the hundreds of bands that tried to copy the Washington sound of the 90s but unremarkably so.

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boring BORING boring that's right, it's a boring sandwich

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Predominately blah. Maybe you had to be there.

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Maybe this guy is a legend, but his music is boring, voice is very average, not sure why people are listening to him...

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78. Dust -Screaming Trees 10 tracks. I wanted to like this grunge-fest but I just couldn't get on with the Lanegan vocals. I quite liked some of the tracks, (vibing both U2 & Stereophonics), but just not his voice. It honestly sucked almost all of the enjoyment out of it. 2/5

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Some of the most boring parts of the 90’s

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Was ok, bit boring.

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Meh, was fine but not terribly engaging for me

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Meh

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eh

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pretty shit album honestly, only song I liked was Traveler, that song gets an 8/10 the rest of the album is 2/10

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Not very interesting

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I think I preferred Screaming Trees by Dust. After Abbey Road (yesterday), we now seen to be listening to some middle of the road bullshit again. It's not bad music, but the chord progressions are so textbook, with the lyrics on Spotify I can sing along, despite never having heard it before.

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