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Superb material from the Oils...
on 22 April 2004
This is easily the best of Midnight Oil's albums, far superior to its three predecessors and also its successor (Red Sails in the Sunset). The guys rock harder on this than on some of their other albums.
The opening track 'Outside World' starts amicably, and breaks into the next track 'Only The Strong' which really starts the pace. The next tracks 'Short Memory', 'Read About It', 'Scream In Blue', 'US Forces', 'Power & The Passion', 'Maralinga', 'Tin Legs and Tin Mines' are all among the finest tunes the Oils wrote and performed. The last track 'Somebody's Trying to Tell Me Something' sound a bit on the weird side when you first here it. Its a good song once you get used to it but not as good as the rest of the album.
Peter Garrett's vocals are driving throughout and the lyrics are excellent. It is that along with their live shows that makes Midnight Oil my favourite Australian band by a long way.
Although 'Diesel and Dust' was a bigger hit and another personal favourite of mine, this one comes out on top. Buy this one and 'Scream In Blue' live and you won't be disappointed.