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5.0 out of 5 stars
Another Oils album, another classic., 12 Feb. 2002
After giving the world the critically acclaimed "Diesel and Dust" and the equally impressive "Blue Sky Mining", Midnight Oil had set the standard by which their next studio album would be judged, and set it at a very high level indeed. Fans and critics alike had one burning question: were the band still capable of producing the blend of provocative lyrics and rhythms that deservedly had won them a worldwide following or was their best behind them?
Was there more in the Oils' creative cupboard or was it bare?
"Earth And Sun And Moon" was the answer.
Delivering the Oils eternal message - people over politicians, culture over corporations, the planet over profits - "EASAM" teases the listener with an effective fusion of two contrasting styles.
Pulse-racing, almost orgasmic tracks, such as the singles "My Country" and "Truganini" sit alongside less hectic yet equally provocative acoustic numbers that deliver their message in a folky, camp-fire style whisper, such as the outstanding "Bushfire".
Somewhere inbetween these two extremes lies the majority of the album, with tracks such as "In The Valley", "Outbreak Of Love", "Now Or Never Land" and the title offering, "Earth And Sun And Moon", that almost seem to be caught in a tug of war between the poles - carressing you one moment, and slapping you in the face the next. It's a strange sensation, but one that works so well on almost every track.
So many things happen in the blink of an eye. Heartstrings are pulled. Illusions are smashed. History is told. Pictures are painted. Sometimes, all four happen simultaneously, yet the meaning never fails to shine through. Like a masterpiece from a great artist, everything seems to coalesce and nothing seems to confuse. Magnificent.
If there is one thing that "EASAM" is guilty of, it's that it doesn't match the tempo of previous Oils' offerings. It doesn't even try to. But why should it have to when the band's message is clearer than ever?
Another Oils album, another classic.