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Midnight Oil reunited with Nick Launay for 1984’s Red Sails in the Sunset. It's a quirkier, more brittle album than its predecessor, but no less biting. “When the Generals Talk” is a venomous attack on the military, the government, and the wealthy—but even in its ghostly passages, it keeps the whip-cracking rhythm of a great funk tune. The same can be said for “Best of Both Worlds” and “Helps Me Helps You,” the latter of which qualifies as a futuristic update on a wild rockabilly dance. Few bands were better at illustrating the latent fears of the '80s. “Who Can Stand in the Way” and “Harrisburg” are just two depictions of environmental destruction, a theme that would become one of the band’s signatures. Musically, the album is largely split between moods. “Sleep,” “Jimmy Sharman’s Boxers," and “Harrisburg” are slow and abstract. To listen to them is to walk through a beautifully forlorn fever dream. On the other hand, it’s hard not to argue that the Oils were strongest when delivering old-fashioned rock music with grit and insistence. “Kosciusko” is one of these defining songs, a '50s-style romp retrofitted with nitroglycerin.

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Hidden Gem Down Under

This album slipped past everyone in the states when it was released in the '80s, but it is one of the strongest albums 'Oil ever produced. It has definitely stood the test of time for me, for it has never left my record player/cassette player/cd player/iPod. I rank it in my top 3 underappreciated albums of the '80s (Thomas Dolby's "The Flat Earth", Joan Armatrading's "The Key" and this album). Incredibly strong song writing, and the production of the album really captures what was great about quality college music in the early eighties. You know, the stuff that wasn't making it to MTV, but was actually being passed around the dorm halls like illegal contraband. A worthy blind purchase if ever there was one.

Top 5 greatest albums of the 80's

This record is Midnight Oil's masterpiece. The lyrics are powerful, and the music is incredible. The production can sound a little dated at times, but overall you forget it once you start to get engrossed in the songs. This album alone made them one of the great bands of their time. BUY THIS ONE FIRST! YOU WILL BE HAPPY YOU DID!

One of my favorites!

I used to tell people that after The Clash folded, Midnight Oil was the "only band that mattered". This record contains three very solid rockers in Best of Both Worlds, When the Generals Talk and Kosciusko. But the rest of the album holds up well. Although The Oils are best remembered (in the states, anyway) for "Beds are Burning" the message and the method for delievering it were already well in place.


Genre: Rock

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, Australia's indigenous people and working class, but the group also put its money where its mouth was -- in addition to mounting benefit performances for groups like Greenpeace and Save the Whales, frontman Peter Garrett later became a member of the Australian House of Representatives...
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