11 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Midnight Oil appeared reinvigorated on 1993’s Earth and Sun and Moon, an album that showed the band evolving even as it reconnected with the raw rock 'n' roll of its earliest years. Part of that historicity is because the band was working once again with Nick Launay, who'd produced the Oils in the early '80s. The groaning, Doors-like surf rock of “Feeding Frenzy” echoes the group’s early tenure as one of Sydney's most popular bar bands, but the album as a whole feels like a move forward. The songs are more rhythmic and the arrangements more complex than on the band’s beloved hit singles. Drummer Rob Hirst plays a more important role than ever before, helping make “My Country,” “Renaissance," and “Bushfire” funkier and groovier than anything the Oils had done in the past. Yet this is also the group's heaviest album, as evinced by the hammering riffs of “Tell Me the Truth.” While the group remained committed to its social causes (environmentalism, Aboriginal rights, corporate greed), Earth and Sun and Moon feels less grandstanding and more personal than prior works.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Midnight Oil appeared reinvigorated on 1993’s Earth and Sun and Moon, an album that showed the band evolving even as it reconnected with the raw rock 'n' roll of its earliest years. Part of that historicity is because the band was working once again with Nick Launay, who'd produced the Oils in the early '80s. The groaning, Doors-like surf rock of “Feeding Frenzy” echoes the group’s early tenure as one of Sydney's most popular bar bands, but the album as a whole feels like a move forward. The songs are more rhythmic and the arrangements more complex than on the band’s beloved hit singles. Drummer Rob Hirst plays a more important role than ever before, helping make “My Country,” “Renaissance," and “Bushfire” funkier and groovier than anything the Oils had done in the past. Yet this is also the group's heaviest album, as evinced by the hammering riffs of “Tell Me the Truth.” While the group remained committed to its social causes (environmentalism, Aboriginal rights, corporate greed), Earth and Sun and Moon feels less grandstanding and more personal than prior works.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

MaCale96 ,

Earth and Sun And Moon-Oh, My!

It's amazing how a forgotten album can bring back feelings of nostalgia. By far not the most memorable of albums of the 90's this has to be one of Midnight Oils most profound. From the start, with Feeding Frenzy, the album sets this atmospheric tone somewhere in your soul. Halfway through with Bushfire, you don't even realize you've gone through half the album! It's like one big journey to the end with Now or Neverland. Even if you only listen to the album once through, you will (possibly years down the road) think of a certain phrase or tune from this album and want to go back and listen again. I'm glad iTunes finally put these guys on here!

Wonkavater ,

One of the greatest rock albums in my catalogue

Whenever I play this cd in my car, ineveitably, someone asks "who is this we are listening to?". I have no idea why it remains an obscure album by a most under-rated band, but it does. This album flat out rocks and it does so with such drive, sensibilities, polish, and whatever other noun can be thrown out there. It lifts you up and takes you for a ride for about 45 minutes, from start to finish. Brilliant album. I don't know if there is a better song out there than "My Country", it is just a relentless rocking tune. The varying beats and tempo of "Drums Of Heaven" makes this song a favorite. Heck, they're all favorites. Go buy it.

JStrike25 ,

One of the best

This is, in my opinion, the best album that Midnight Oil has. Every song is catchy, every song is dripping with meaning and symbolism, and every song will insist on becoming your new favorite. The musicality is far greater than most pop bands could dream of - each song contains a completely different feel, different vibe, different chord progression, different rhythm, etc., making it possible to listen to this album over and over without getting bored. The lyrics smack of anti-establishmentism, pro-environmentalism, and anti-corruption (as all their albums do), while still giving a message of hope. A definite 'must-have' for all musicians.

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