Other Sellers on Amazon
Diesel and Dust
|Listen Now with Amazon Music|
Diesel And Dust
|Amazon Music Unlimited|
|New from||Used from|
Vinyl, Import, Original recording remastered, August 11, 2017
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Midnight Oil ~ Diesel & Dust
Few would claim that Midnight Oil's Peter Garrett is the world's greatest rock vocalist, but he clearly means what he sings. On Diesel and Dust, Garrett and company serve up a collection of solid pop-rock songs that follow the groundwork laid by their early albums. Intrinsic to their sound is a guitars-bass-drums attack spiced occasionally with horns and keyboards and capped with Garrett's throaty vocals. Garrett's lyrics on Deisel and Dust are noteworthy because they are not about love or personal relationships but instead address larger issues. "Beds Are Burning" is a call to return the land expropriated from Australia's aboriginal peoples, while "The Dead Heart" and "Bullroarer" celebrate their rich cultural heritage. Many bands and artists have made some sort of political or social concern apparent in their work, but few have done so as consistently, dedicatedly, and tunefully as Midnight Oil. --Al Massa
Top customer reviews
The record, despite its serious themes, is life affirming, as the defiantly rocking closer "Sometimes" appropriately underscores. Midnight Oil believes in the redemptive power of the human spirit in spite of the injustice and inequities in our world today.
From a musical standpoint, each song is flawlessly crafted and produced. Warne Livesey does an oustanding job of integrating the sounds of the earth and of the band, with the sounds of electronic beats and synthesizers. This is a modern rock record to be sure, in spite of its folksy songs and socially conscious subject matter. This record and "10,9,8..." were Midnight Oil's finest hours. However, this record has a power all its own, as any time we see hardship, suffering and inequality in this world, all we in the west need to do is listen to this record to understand how it tastes, smells and feels to be in that condition. A remarkable record. One for the ages. Get it if you don't have it.
If you don't have the right ideology (i.e., you think the white man is doing a fine job and wish everybody would stop whining), you're not going to like this album. But if you're open to different, even unpopular points of view (particularly for a subject you might not care all that much about to begin with), this is definitely worth the effort to listen to.
As for songs themselves, they're very well done. The singing is a little rough, but everything else is smooth and powerful. Not unlike the message, actually.