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Redneck Wonderland

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Midnight Oil Redneck Wonderland German CD album

Meet the new Oils, same as the old Oils. Well, sort of. On Redneck Wonderland, the Australian group's 12th long player, Peter Garrett & Co. conjure a brave new sound, employing heavy distortion, synths, and clanging metallic percussion to drive home their proclamations on race, ecology, and national policy. When rock & roll mixes with politics, the music often suffers, but the Oils have always been at their best when speaking directly from their hearts, as on "White Skin Black Heart," "What Goes On," and the title track. Certainly Aussie-centric screeds such as "The Great Gibber Plain" will have more resonance Down Under but, more often than not, the Oils speak plainly, pointedly, and with a sense of urgency missing from their music since their landmark albums Diesel and Dust and Blue Sky Mining. --Daniel Durchholz

1. Redneck Wonderland
2. Concrete
3. Cemetery In My Mind
4. Comfortable Place On The Couch
5. Safety Chain Blues
6. Return To Sender
7. Blot
8. The Great Gibber Plain
9. Seeing Is Believing
10. White Skin Black Heart
11. What Goes On
12. Drop In The Ocean

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 3, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • ASIN: B00000DHR2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A.B. on June 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have read several of the reviews here and just had to comment on them. Those who like it seem to refer to it as a new direction for Midnight Oil that works. Those who don't like it complain that the melody is missing. It seems that these folks like the more acoustic/mellow sound of Midnight Oil ("Earth and Sun and Moon," "Diesel and Dust," "Blue Sky Mining," etc.).

I have been a Midnight Oil Fan since about '82, when "10. . .1" was released (their first US release). It was like nothing I'd ever heard. I found the music a bit disturbing, yet beautiful. By the time "Red Sails. . " was released I was in love with this band and excited to hear the more experimental sounds of "Red Sails in The Sunset" (What is that brass woodwind interlude all about?). Those two albums form the core of my love for this band. In the decades since that time, I have collected every album and EP the Oils have released, but those two remain the benchmark by which all others are judged (yes, I know that's a personal thing - music is subjective, after all).

When "Diesel and Dust" was released I was happy that the group had found success stateside and it gave me about a year of "I told you so. . ." conversations with friends who always wondered why I was so in love with this quirky Australian band. "D&D" is a great pop album and is an amazing achievement. It contains some of my favorite songs by the group (however, "Beds are Burning" ranks with my least favorite), but it was very commercial and I was a bit sad that my "secret band" was now being played all over the radio.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Doc Sarvis on June 14, 2000
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I'm a longtime Oils fan; I believe I own everything they ever released, even the EPs. I saw them once in concert, and they'd be tops on my list of bands to see again if I ever got the chance.
When this album was released, it took me a while to get used to the new's different from anything the Oils have ever done (and anything else in your collection for that matter). The groove is metallic and incisive, updating the political intensity of their best music to a new set of listeners. It's impossible to ignore the anger of this album, obviously reflecting the Oils' disgust at the direction of Australian politics at the time. But above all, the music rocks...turn it up to eleven and see if your system survives!
My greatest concern is that this will represent the Oils' last effort...I hope I'm wrong. The last decade has seen them grow more and more disaffected with the music industry in general; I believe that "Breathe" was an intentional slap at Sony face, designed to give the label exactly what it didn't want...a low key collection of garage band tunes...when Sony was looking for another "Diesel and Dust" (the best part, though, is that "Breathe" is actually a very effective - though noncommercial - album). I think that "Redneck Wonderland" ends their recording commitment, and they may be tempted to surf off into the sunset. I hope not.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jEREMIAj on January 23, 2000
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With Redneck Wonderland Midnight Oil have pushed the sounds and tweaked the knobs to update their sound. It works on every song. They sing of concrete and technology, as always, but this time they are using more technology to attain new guitar sounds, more interesting keyboards, fuzzed bass, and even weird vocal effects. The Oils have always talked of how technology takes us away from nature and our humanness but the technology employed here only adds to the human urgency. The first song employs an 'airy-drive' to it. 'Concrete' employs some interesting arrangements. 'Cemetery' really does get close to my heart. 'Comfortable' may be the only song that took me a bit to get into. All of the other songs are right on with the lyrics and the edgy-tech music. Over the entire album the Oils stay close to enviro-concerns and music that pushes and evolves, all the while retaining the MO sound. Excellent and Challening!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 1999
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If you enjoy weak AOR and can't wait to get home to play your Kenny Loggins and Bryan Adams albums, then you'll agree with the 1 and 2 star reviews posted below. This cd is not for the faint hearted. As I expected would happen, Redneck Wonderland has shattered the Midnight Oil fan-based yet regained many of fans lost with the release of the 'gluggy' and mainstream "Diesel and Dust" 12 years ago. The cd has heart, and is inventive and searching as a piece of work, delving into many different genres and emotions.
Basically put, as a Midnight Oil fan for 20 years, living and breathing music in the Oils heartland, I'm mightily proud of what the Oils have done here. In the eyes of music purests, the Oils are ressurected.... and in the eyes of this die-hard Ozrock enthusiast, the Oils have reached their peak with their best album..... and if I hear anyone else mention the execrable "Blue Sky Mine", I'm going to puke !!! Let go and live the passion that is Midnight Oil in the present.
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