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5.0 out of 5 stars Raw, dynamic, challenging Oils, 23 Jan. 2011
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There is an unfortunate review of this album on Amazon that I think will completely mislead people. This is the Oil's fourth album, long before the worldwide commercial success of Diesel & Dust, and as a result it still has the raw, twin guitar led sound of their early days. If you want the smooth, produced, big choruses of their later records, you will have bought the wrong record, but what you will get is, I think, far more exciting and ultimately rewarding.

The key factor being that this album is a stayer..it warrants repeated listens and before long you realise that behind all the committed political lyrical posturing, and Peter Garret's (admittedly acquired taste) vocal style, there are some fantastic tunes and huge riffs. US Forces and Read About It were fearsome live favourites for many years after this came out, but there is also haunting beauty in Scream in Blue and Tin Legs & Tin Mines....and Power and the Passion was a huge hit in Oz and remains something of a radio classic to this day.

One of the album's most interesting factors is the band's first significant use of keyboards...employed to great effect alongside the crashing angry guitars. The result is a record that sounds, to my ears, unique evokes an eerie, desolate (but beautiful) mood throughout.

This album is not to everyone's taste, but if you like bands like the Clash you may find a lot in here to enjoy... if you like electrifying, passionate raw rock music, you may well enjoy the whole record!
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Initial post: 7 Feb 2011 16:00:14 GMT
I couldn't have put it better myself Joe! This was the first Oil's album I heard and it still stands as one of their most consistant recordings. I believe this was their first to be produced by Nick Launay and he obviously encouraged the band to broaden their sound. The opening track "Outside World" does little to prepare you for what's to follow...each subsequent track is a real surprise with so many styles on offer. Other standout tracks include "Short Memory" and "Only The Strong". As you say, Peter Garrett's voice is something of an acquired taste but get past that hurdle and you'll be rewarded with an album's worth of original and, at times, highly inventive music.
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