Anthology: SST Years 1985-1989
Label: Sst Records
Anthology: SST Years 1985-1989 proves that the underappreciated Screaming Trees were one of the original architects of grunge, just as vital to the movement's evolution as Green River and U-Men. It's absolutely exhilarating to follow the band's development as they work out their fusion of vintage hard rock, R.E.M.-inspired jangle pop and modern psychedelia. It feels as if the Screaming Trees grow heavier, murkier and way more spaced-out with each successive track. The band that recorded the wah-wah bruiser "Black Sun Morning" sounds totally unlike the one that created the peppy "Barriers."