The Greatest Band Ever
jele | Chicago, Il, USA | 11/14/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"One only has to hear the Screaming Trees finale two albums (Sweet Oblivion & Dust) to know that this is one of the finest groups ever to record. In early works like Invisible Lantern, the group has not yet established their groove, but there is certainly an audio seed for the incredible works to come. The riff that explodes out of feedback at the very beginning is a perfect opening to the unique and beautiful garage-psychedelia yet to come. "Grey Diamond Desert" is purely haunting, "Even If" is a clean song that features Lanegan's enchanting voice and demonstrates the Trees' gift for subtle riffing. The Conner brothers are very charged musicians as demonstrated throughout the album, and the drumming of Mark Pickerel leaves little to complain about. Although not as astounding as their more mature works, Invisible Lantern is a great album, that documents the early days of one of America's greatest underrated rock and roll bands."
Great American Neo-Psychelidic Rock Music
Dan | Bay City, MI. | 01/14/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It seems that the more creative a band seems to be, the worse they get along. By fusing this tension with a love of 60's garage rock, the Screaming Trees managed to produce some of the most consistantly exciting music of the many Seattle bands during (and years before) the grunge movement. Because the guitars are layered over each other, it's hard to believe they were a one-guitar outfit."Lantern" is a low-budget recording from their time on the legendary/notorious SST Records, home of hardcore punks Black Flag and the mighty Husker Du. Fans of the Nuggets-era rock bands of the Sixties, the Trees inject punk's power chords into the mix. Lyrics are a bit more psychedelic and less-meaningful than on later on in their career but still damn catchy. After a couple of listens, the highlights of this record will stick with you. Every song seems to have a distinct sound to it and each track can be complimented in different ways.I would recommend anything from this band's catalog."