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The hurricane-force Aussies reign in their primal power with a varied, gentle, and remarkably tuneful progression on what's come before. "Truganini" is the icebreaker while hardluck charmer "In the Valley" and the retro psychedelia of "Renaissance Man" are standouts. Jeff Bateman
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 20, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: April 20, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • ASIN: B00000294N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,130 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I don't make the above claim lightly...I've been listening to Midnight Oil for years, have all their albums, and consider myself a serious fan. Picking a "best" album out of such surpassing body of work is difficult, but if pressed I come back to this one.
Why? Of everything they ever recorded, ESM simultaneously represented the most refined playing, the most intelligent lyrics, and the best production...all without losing any of the edge that made them a Sydney surf band of the 70s. The political rhetoric is less strident here, but still packs a powerful punch...the band is more mature here, finally reconciling their deep love for the land and people of Australia with their deeply-felt concern about its problems. All this...and some wonderfully catchy tunes!
No, this is not the angry bar band of the early albums, and for that some fans might disagree with my choosing it as one of the Oils' best. But as a complete package from this stage in the band's evolution, this work equals and usually surpasses anything they've ever done.
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(Actually: 3.5 stars).

Midnight Oil was one of the best bands of the 1980's with four outstanding records (10,9.8.., Red Sails in the Sunset, Diesel and Dust, Blue Sky Mining) and one of the finest live records ever made (Scream in Blue). Their star began to decline a bit in the 1990's as the band members decided to devote more time to family, political activism (including Peter Garrett's political career). Earth, Sun and Moon reflects this reduced focus, as they seemed to try to make a good record instead of a great one.

The record is well-produced, has a very 'live in studio' feel, and sounds great on long drives. The songs themselves have a steadier and slightly slower pace. Jim Moginie has added more bluesy sounds to his diverse palatte, both on guitar and organ, but Rob Hirst seems less active this time around. The frenetic energy that gave rise to Midnight Oil's improvisation and experimentation is not captured in this recording, leaving one wanting a bit more.

The songs drag on a bit too long and are missing the catchy hooks that make so many Midnight Oil songs memorable. 5 of the 11 tracks run over 5 minutes in length, and no song is under 4 minutes, which is much longer than prior Midnight Oil recordings. The choruses are often drawn out, and consequently, some of the melodies fall flat.

The lyrics are more focused on national issues in Australia, and seem to serve as the perfect platform (whether intentional or not) for Garrett's political career. The passion is very much alive, focused (perhaps too narrowly), but the band shows it still knows how to evoke emotions with its direct, defiant and poignant deliveries.
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Midnight Oil is one of the greatest bands out there, whether their music blazes high and wild or gets softer but no less intense. It's a mystery why, at least here in the US, this album wasn't given more of a push by the label. It's a winner; in fact, it's probably a contender for being their best release. The songs are all uniformly excellent, from defiant anthems like "My Country," "In The Valley" and "Truganini" to the more esoteric qualities of "Outbreak Of Love" and "Bushfire." The title track and the album closer, "Now Or Never Land" are as optimistic in lyrical bent as this usually dour group gets, and NOTHING here sounds or feels heavyhanded, which, much as I like the Oils, has not always been true of some of there other CDs. Visionary, raw, fearless, constantly on the mark....EARTH AND SUN AND MOON is all of these things and one of the finest works by Midnight Oil or anyone else.
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For those of us who were in limbo when the Oils first began to do their stuff, it was almost like having had a deprived childhood. I found this first album only a few years ago, when I was in my late thirties. What a revelation it turned out to be. Here was a rock band (did you say - Rock Band?) that thought about the world and returned its point of view straight back to you without stammering. These guys are not just dancing in the dark. Whether you get the potent messages the band is sending, or not, or even care that they exist (for the moment), one can't help thinking that their music will penetrate into those regions of the mind where the automaton lives, and do its work anyway.
"Earth, Sun & Moon" carries a mix of strangely patriotic, strangely anti-Establishment lyrics. These guys love the land of Australia, but they constantly question the underlying values of Australians. Songs like "My Country," with its political overtones going back to the last century, and "Truganini" with its awful lament for the pressure that has been brought to bear on Australia's human inhabitants (and which continues), remain blazed in the mind as though by branding. They say it's a rough band, whose concerts are hard and heavy. Yet such poetry issues forth from these electronic partners that, if Rock should really be the domain of the Devil, then the Oils must have made a wonderful pact indeed.
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