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Place Without a Postcard (Remastered)

Midnight Oil

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Midnight Oil went to England to record and turned to a major label (CBS Records) and a name producer (Glyn Johns) for its third full-length album. You might have expected this to make for a sonic breakthrough, but you'd be wrong. The band was experiencing growing pains, trying to stretch musically, and, at least at first, this made for a dilution of their hard rock focus moving toward a pop style they hadn't fully developed. Place Without a Postcard had its share of powerfully performed songs, but its sound was light compared to the band's first two albums, the stylistic experiments were not yet bearing fruit, and, with an emphasis placed on the vocals, Peter Garrett sounded overly strident. (Originally released in 1981 in Australia on CBS Records, Place Without a Postcard was re-released in 1990 in the U.S. on Columbia Records as Columbia 46145.)

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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