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- Last Words: The Final Recordings by Screaming Trees
8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 22 August 2014
I’m going “double Lanegan” this week, with my review pile featuring not only a new Mark Lanegan Band EP but this entire album of previously-unheard Screaming Trees material which was recorded at the dusk of their career in 1999, having been dropped from their label, to commit their final songs to tape. These tapes were unearthed with a CD release in 2011 but this is the first time they’ve found their way onto vinyl.
It’s a pretty strong collection, what it lacks in the hard-edged ambition of their earlier records is made up for in a sense of cameraderie and enthusiasm and what almost feels like relief, making a record because they want to with nobody to please. There aren’t any big surprises, just entertaining countryish post-grunge topped off with Mark Lanegan’s seductively husky voice and clear, well balanced radio-ready production. Peter Buck and Josh Homme make some welcome guest appearances with their guitars too, Homme’s contribution ‘Crawlspace’ being particularly strong with some weird phased vocals and eerie twinkle-riffing. Overall, it sounds just like the Screaming Trees, only these are songs I’ve not heard before. For fans of the Screaming Trees.
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