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Blue Sky Mining

Midnight Oil

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Album Review

Success didn't change Midnight Oil with their 1990 album Blue Sky Mining. The Australian band had finally broken through with their previous record, Diesel and Dust, but chart accomplishments didn't temper the group. Blue Sky Mining found lead singer Peter Garrett and the boys singing about familiar themes with their usual passion. The songs aren't quite on par with those from Diesel and Dust, but there's still enough here to make it a worthy follow-up. The lead track "Blue Sky Mine" deals with the oppression of the lower working class within the context of a mining company. The immediately catchy cut managed to find mid-chart success. Other notable tracks are the driving "Forgotten Years," which also managed a bit of airplay, and the menacing "Mountains of Burma." The band stumble only once, on the clumsy love song "Shakers and Movers."

Customer Reviews

One Country?

Not a bad synopsis but no mention of "One Country" a truly great song on this album

Great album with sections of Genius!

I have to agree with the previous review, how can the synopsis not mention 'One Country' as one of the standout tracks. An excellent album that still inspires me almost 20 years later...especially 'One Country'

If I had to choose this is it

Absolute one of the best bands around, one of my all time albums.

Biography

Formed: 1975 in Sydney, Australia

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Australia's Midnight Oil brought a new sense of political and social immediacy to pop music: not only did incendiary hits like "Beds Are Burning" and "Blue Sky Mine" bring global attention to the plight of, respectively, aboriginal settlers and impoverished workers, but the group also put its money where its mouth was — in addition to mounting benefit performances for groups like Greenpeace...
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