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The Oils have returned to their roots here. Watch the video on the CD to get an appreciation for what they're doing: The pan of the instruments is the same on every track. The guitar on the left is Martin, the one on the right (with occasional keyboard) is Jim, Rob's drums are out back, Bones is on the bottom, and Peter is up front. This is so effective it defies description.
Many might say Diesel and Dust is their finest; others will say it's Head Injuries. Still others no doubt like Earth and Sun and Moon; but this is arguably the best they've ever done. And what a way to end a show.
And if you've never seen these guys live, you really missed it. And I don't mean on the telly either: I mean live, preferably in a little steamy pub somewhere so Peter Garrett looms over you like the son of Boris Karloff and the precision of the guitars attacks your senses and the drums and all the rest...
The first time I saw Midnight Oil, it took the venue management fifteen minutes to get the crowd under control. I was standing with their sound engineer in the middle of this sea of people. He wasn't even phased. In the end the management had to threaten to close the place if the crowd didn't calm down. In the meantime the venue had pressured their sound system to its limits in an attempt to drown out the hooting public.Read more ›
Warne Livesey, who produced Diesel and Dust, returns for this record, and does another outstanding job, helping to modernize and update the Midnight Oil sound for the 21st Century. Livesey subtly softens the edges of the guitar and vocal sound without sacrificing the overall power of each, or the fast pace of the songs. Guitar melodies with softer, bass pickup tones are emphasized, and subtle electronica beats and sounds are interspersed to give the record a modern feel. The volume level of this CD significantly greater than the earlier CDs, probably by 50% or so. Jim Moginie, who has been involved in writing almost every Midnight Oil song over their long career, appears to have had more free reign to let his ideas come to fruition as he initially envisioned them, rather than having the band take a demo and rework it. As a result, the band members take their lead from his guitar, and the songs have a more consistent feel and pace from beginning to end.
In another difference, the traditionally strong and loud backing vocals of Hirst, Moginie and Hillman (which are a combination of a co-lead vocal and a harmony vocal) are appropriately deemphasized in order to allow Peter Garrett the space to take center stage. Garrett has never sounded better as a lead singer, and Livesey seems to believe in Garrett's abilities more than Garrett himself or the band ever did. On many songs, it is difficult to discern the unique markers of Garrett's voice.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After a couple of disappointing albums Midnight Oil came back strongly with the excellent album "Capricornia". Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Morten Vindberg
This was the last Midnight Oil album. Peter Garrett had been devoting most of his time and energy to heading the ACF -- the Australian Conservation Foundation -- and in 2004 would... Read morePublished on November 8, 2010 by Autonomeus
One would've hoped that hooking up with Warne Livesy, who produced Diesel & Dust, would've done some good. Alas... Read morePublished on August 29, 2010 by D.M. Cross
The songs and playing are superb, as is the production. Melodic in all the right places, but you really can't separate the part from the whole--the drums fit, the bass is right... Read morePublished on July 2, 2010 by Greg
Oils fans who may have been turned away by the light country-esque Breathe and the over-the-top Redneck Wonderland albums, Capricornia comes as a welcome return to form. Read morePublished on April 26, 2010 by DW
I've been thinking about what I should say about this album for about a month. I don't feel qualified anymore to break down the content of most of it, though you can be pretty well... Read morePublished on August 22, 2006 by Flight Risk (The Gypsy Moth)
I agree with all the other reviewers in that this is a fine return to form for the band-- back to the "Diesel and Dust" and "Blue Sky Mining" days. Read morePublished on March 28, 2006 by Lobster Boy
Like many U.S. fans of the Oils, my listening career started with "Diesel and Dust," moved backwards to "Head Injuries" and "Midnight Oil," then forwards to this crowning... Read morePublished on November 23, 2004 by Caribou