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Uncle Anesthesia

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 2, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000027E0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,497 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I'm guessing that this album sold a lot of copies in the mid 90s, after the movie Singles came out, and waves of people jumped on grunge-wagon, looking for more of the "Nearly Lost You" pop bonanza and anything flannel. 12 years later, you can find it in used cd bins for pretty cheap, which indicates to me that a lot of people jumped off that wagon rather hastily in the face of newer, slicker, more cleverly marketed trends. Their loss is your gain. Go buy this cd immediately.
Hours after buying this album, the song "lay your head down" had become one of my all time favorites, and etched itself a slot on the big mix-tape of my soul. The Trees blend full-on metal with punk rock, beatlesque pop, new wave and psychedelia. Mark Lanegan sings within himself, never stretching and straining to hit high notes, but getting wonderful nuances out of every breath. There are even traces of the JL Pierce influence to be heard beneath it all. This might have been one of the best albums of the grunge era, and unless you are a big dope like Max Kellerman, you owe it to yourself to seek out music like this and find a place for it in your cd collection. File it in between Royal Trux's "Thank You", and the Psyclone Rangers "Devil May Care" as one of the all time bargain bin finds for 90s music.
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I figure if you are here you came here for a reason. It's either because you stumbled upon this CD by fate or you have heard of the Trees. Either way, get this CD. If you enjoy music that isn't just about some inane, simplistic vision of love, or rock n roll that does more than just rock(which this does). Pick this up. It's the musical equivelent of magic realism. Forget the 'psychadellic' crap. It's full of imagary and imagination, and a sense that there is more, not just out there but in us. It rocks and it makes you feel. Mark Lanegan's voice thick, smooth and full. It's a man's voice, not some whiny kid's voice. The music is fierce while remaining melodic. "Beyond This Horizon"'s ending drum fills swirl and phase shift around your head. "Before We Arise" will haunt you. "Closer" ends in a bluesy fury. As a whole it's just really, really cool. Just buy the disc. It's ten bucks. Buy it. Ten bucks. Buy. Disc. Ten. Disc. Buy. ;)
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Screaming Trees are a classic mix of grunge, psychedelia, pop/alternative rock, one of the most underrated bands from the late 80s and 90s. While their last album with SST, Buzz Factory, featured a consistent quality of excellent songs throughout the album, the band's run with Epic beginning with Uncle Anesthesia surpasses the SST efforts with grand, powerful songs and consistently excellent music throughout the albums. Highlights of Uncle Anesthesia: Bed of Roses, Uncle Anesthesia, Caught Between, Before We Arise, Alice Said, Time for Light, Disappearing, Ocean of Confusion, and I especially love the closer, Closer, with its Jim Morrison-like "Bring me Closer to the Fire, Bring Me Closer to the Flame...." Surely Screaming Trees' music brings the avid music listener closer to the flame.
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With all the undue attention on Sweet Oblivion and Dust, this album gets rather unfairly overlooked. Those are okay albums, but they document the Screaming Trees during what amounts to (and you'll agree after hearing the rest of the back catalog) their slowdown. They are comfortable records by a band that finally achieved their little bit of spotlight.

Uncle Anesthesia, on the other hand, came out just prior to the Seattle grunge strip-mining boom. It is sequenced with listening in mind -- moods shift and instruments attack and decay in just the right spots. As their first major-label release, Lanegan's voice and the Connor brothers instruments get the right amount of weight and space. Chris Cornell does a fine job of producing. Mark Pickerel makes his final appearance on drums, to be replaced by the more overstated playing of Barrett Martin on Oblivion and Dust. Yet here Pickerel makes some fine contributions to the proceedings, as songs like "Alice Said" and "Time For Light" attest.

Uncle Anesthesia is steeped in American garage rock, a love for the 13th Floor Elevators/Nuggets box sets, vintage sounding effects pedals, and dusty lysergic poetry. Coupled with all that is a deft understanding of melody and energy that ebbs and flows in the service of each song, unafraid to introduce new elements (like the swirling horns of "Disappearing" or the recorder played by Cornell on "Lay Your Head Down"), but not owned by production flourishes (as the eastern-tinged conceits of Dust occasionally were).

There are no real "hits" here, although "Bed Of Roses" should have been. But there is an album-worth of solid, memorable songs tastefully and muscularly rendered, garage-psychedelia at an early high water mark.
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Before I got this album, I had "Sweet Oblivion" and "Dust" by this band plus "The Winding Sheet" by Mark Lanegan. After I had listened to this all the way through, I must say that is probably one of their best albums. I haven't heard their stuff prior to this but what this album does is combine the melodic tendencies and brilliant guitar lines of "Sweet Oblivion" and fuse that with a more raw and almost punk rock like feel. It's not as polished as the albums that followed but it still is mixed perfectly and the songs feel more alive and pumping with energy. The albums that followed this were amazing but when they got polished up too much, something got lost in the mix in my opinion. I think this is an excellent representation of the Screaming Trees at their peak with perfect production (and a little help from Chris Cornell, who sounds great on the songs he guests on).

If you love this band, you need to have this.
If you've never heard this band before, start with "Sweet Oblivion" and you'll know whether you like their style or not.
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