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  • Audio CD (January 1, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia Records/Sony
  • ASIN: B00000263U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,286 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The rest of the songs is, for the most part, really good!
H. Yu
This is an incredible album from a very talented band known in the U.S. for their one hit "Beds Are Burning".
It is a very imaginative and thought provking album that is also excellently produced and engineered.
Brian May

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Brian May on May 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
After such a phenomenal album as "10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1", Midnight Oil were under a great deal of pressure to produce a following record that was just as good. With 1984's "Red Sails in the Sunset", they not only did this but, in my opinion, surpassed it. This has to be my favourite Oils album, although it is not well liked by some fans. It is most certainly their "weirdest" album, but that is what makes it so good. Certainly at its time of release, it was indeed avant-garde. The Oils made their first and only foray into rap (or pseudo-rap, at least) with the much maligned opener "When the Generals Talk". I love this song; it is Midnight Oil at their most humorous while at the same time putting across a serious message. The album also features some of my all time favourite songs - the acoustically driven "Sleep" and "Minutes to Midnight" blend in perfectly; the first song is about the plight of the homeless, with a wonderfully sluggish beat and bassline; the latter is less tangible, but it is not too hard to distnguish it as a doomsday song, with unsubtle nuclear overtones. "Jimmy Sharman's Boxers" is a true epic. It runs for seven and a half minutes, slowly building up, stopping and starting before climaxing with an intense crescendo, benefitted by some excellent brass. There are actually only a few songs that can be called real Oils-style rock. They are "Best of Both Worlds" and "Kosciuszko" - they are the "obvious" Midnight Oil songs - crashing rhythms and searing guitar work. In fact, I find "Best of Both Worlds" quite boring and unengaging (but I love "Kosciuszko").Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Miller on May 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In many ways, this is Midnight Oil's "White Album." I say that mostly because of the extreme shifts in style and tone as one moves from one song to another. It takes a great deal of skill and, dare I say, panache to pull this off. To the Oils' credit, they manage to do it.

You know that MO is headed into relatively uncharted territory right from the start when Rob Hirst (not Peter Garrett) takes the lead vocal on the opening track. Garrett for his part does one of his patented talk-overs/raps in the middle eight, but this is definitely Hirst's show. "Best of Both Worlds" finds MO at its hard-rocking best and features great performances all around, including one of Jim Moginie's best solos. It's definitely one of the Oils' best tracks - well-written, well-performed, and well-recorded. The rest of the first half of the CD is not quite as strong, but "Sleep" is a great song about the homeless, "Minutes to Midnight" is a fairly compelling song about the impending apocalypse, and "Jimmy Sharman's Boxers" is an excellent look at the exploitation of the Aboriginies, the main them of the band's next album.

The second half of the CD opens again with a potent 1-2 punch. Both "Who Can Stand in the Way" and "Kosciusko" feature almost gut-wrenching changes in tone and arrangement. "Kosciusko" is again one of the band's better and harder rockers. The rest of the CD is a little less stunning, but still great. I'm one of those fans who actually likes the experimental tracks like "Harrisburg" and "Bells and Whistles in the Back of Beyond" or whatever it's called.

As I stated at the beginning, the material on the CD is so diverse that to some it may come across as a mess. Midnight Oil somehow ties it all together by following many of the same lyrical themes throughout the recording.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 1998
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This album has a subtly dry feel to it--dry humor, dry wit, dry politics, dry music. Some of the songs feel somehow incomplete, but gain power from that lack of...of what? Listen to "Sleep," and you'll hear it. After the fury of the first two songs, "Sleep" sounds remarkably downcast, and sets the tone for nearly the rest of the album. Two songs later, Midnight Oil performs perhaps the most eloquent expression of rage to hit 20th century music, in "Jimmy Sharman's Boxers." Peter Garrett's voice becomes anguish itself, and the dark, resolute chords and slow, echoed drumming behind him shore up the storm he unleashes at the end. As if the song is too much for listeners to bear, "Bakerman" stumbles on like a drunken, simple oom-pah band--evidence of the band's wry humor. After the excellent "Who Can Stand In The Way" and "Kosciusko" on the second side, the music slowly turns opaque, until by the album's ending "Shipyards of New Zealand," it's nearly impenetrable from a pop view. Impressive art rock, perhaps, (at which the Oils excel), but along with the bands numerous oblique Australian references, it's hard to understand. No matter--within two years, the band unleashes a political pop masterpiece and--if only for a year or so--gains the audience its awesome talent deserves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jack Baker on February 6, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is not an easy album to listen to, but this 1984 release by Midnight Oil was my first introduction to this Australian band. It remains my favorite simply because of its strong songs and inventive musicianship. There is a lot of stylistic variation on this album, much more so than on any other Midnight Oil release. In less capable hands, this would be a terrible disaster. With these excellent musicians, the results are intriguing, very listenable. There's the hard rock of "When the Generals Talk" and "Best of Both Worlds", acoustic driven songs like "Kosiusko" and "Sleep", anthems like "Jimmy Sharman's Boxers" and general weirdness like "Bells & Horns in the Back of Beyond" and "Bakerman". This is truly an album where you need to listen to the whole thing repeatedly in order to absorb everything. Some of the lyrics are enigmatic almost to the point of being impenetrable, but that just adds to the total mood of the album.

"Sleep" was the first Midnight Oil song I ever heard, having been given a mix tape by a high school friend. I played that track over and over, finally purchasing the album. The lyrics "So you've got the blues, the evening wore out your shoes," remain some of my favorite lines. The rest of the album is just as solid as this song, in particular "Jimmy Sharman's Boxers", an amazing song about the exploitation of aboriginal boxers in a traveling show. This song builds to an incredible climax and features some of the best drums I've had the pleasure of hearing. Play it loud for full effect.

I won't bore you with a song by song recap of the album, but I will close by saying that this is one of the most well constructed and complete albums I own. Like others, I would put it on par with The Beatles' White Album in terms of its experimentation. After this album, the group would enter a more radio friendly stage. They would still produce many more vital recordings, but none quite as ambitious as this one.
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