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Pop/Rock - Released October 2, 1987 | Columbia

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Rock - Released October 30, 2020 | Sony Music Entertainment

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In 1987, the single Beds Are Burning propelled Midnight Oil to the top of the global charts. The Australian band were then already on their sixth album. Highly socially, politically and environmentally active, the bald giant Peter Garrett (who was environmental minister between 2007 and 2010) and his group were suddenly exposed to a vast public. They were vocal supporters of the shockingly mistreated aborigine community and cast shadows over U2 in stadiums around the world. After almost 2 decades out of the studio and amidst this global struggle, Midnight Oil are compelled to let out another rallying cry. The short Makarrata Project is a classic rock album that sounds like it was pulled straight out of the 80s with its crystalline guitars, punchy rhythms and numerous laidback and folk songs. Most importantly, the band’s comeback is intended to be a structured and incisive message in support of reconciliation with the indigenous peoples of Australia. The discourse is carried by strong melodies and guest Australian musicians like Jessica Mayboy, Tasman Keith, Dan Sultan, Alice Skye, Frank Yamma and Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu who died in 2017. A beautiful record full of anger, frustration, but also hope. © Clotilde Maréchal/Qobuz
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Rock - Released June 10, 1990 | Midnight Oil

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Rock - Released November 9, 2018 | Sony Music Entertainment

Ever since their first album Midnight Oil released in 1978, the Australians have been leaving their mark in more than one way. Well-known for their environmental commitments, their hatred for nuclear energy and love for peaceful actions, Peter Garrett’s gang’s story is both unusual and fascinating, very much like their compositions. Armistice Day: Live at the Domain, Sydney recounts their 2017 tour. It’s a double album that features some of their greatest hits like Redneck Wonderland, US Forces, and of course Beds Are Burning. In pure 80’s pop rock style, here are 26 titles for a two-hour-long militant concert. In this show political questions, our relationship with freedom and the refugee crisis take centre stage. Peter Garrett has quite a pedigree: as an ex-member of the Australian Labor Party, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts between 2007 and 2010, and President of the Australian Conservation Foundation for 10 years, the mind behind Midnight Oil has always had revolutionary blood flowing through his veins! Synthesisers and frenzied harmonica on Blue Sky Mine, futuristic vibes on Don’t Wanna Be The One: Midnight Oil give off a rather raw image that hasn’t settled down one bit! Their rock style borrows from pop and blues music, with raspy voices at times, and helps us rediscover some wonderful gems, like their 1981 album Place Without a Postcard. © Anna Coluthe /Qobuz
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Pop/Rock - Released November 2, 2012 | Midnight Oil

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Pop/Rock - Released September 1, 2001 | Columbia

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Pop/Rock - Released September 1, 1993 | Columbia

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Pop - Released June 7, 2013 | Columbia

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Pop/Rock - Released November 22, 1982 | Sony BMG Music Entertainment

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Pop/Rock - Released October 7, 2008 | Sony BMG Music Entertainment

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Pop/Rock - Released October 7, 2008 | Sony BMG Music Entertainment

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Pop/Rock - Released September 1, 1996 | Columbia

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Pop/Rock - Released September 1, 1998 | Sony Music Entertainment

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Pop/Rock - Released October 7, 2008 | Sony BMG Music Entertainment

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Rock - Released May 26, 2017 | Sony Music Entertainment

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Rock - Released May 26, 2017 | Sony Music Entertainment

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Rock - Released May 26, 2017 | Sony Music Entertainment

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Rock - Released August 7, 2020 | Sony Music Entertainment

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Pop - Released June 21, 1988 | Columbia

Midnight Oil's second international release found them ambitiously taking on a variety of lyrical causes in a variety of musical styles. Their basic approach, with its martial rhythms, chanted vocals, and guitar textures, served as a jumping-off place, but they always sounded more assured when they stuck to that, rather than trying other things. And the unrelentingly judgmental tone of the lyrics, sung with dead seriousness by Peter Garrett, tended to douse the album's potential enjoyment, too. (It's hard to dance when you're being lectured to.) It wasn't much of a surprise when Garrett decided to run for the Australian Senate shortly after this album's release. © William Ruhlmann /TiVo
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Pop/Rock - Released October 7, 2008 | Sony BMG Music Entertainment

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    Raw Oil Ever since their first album Midnight Oil released in 1978, the Australians have been leaving their mark in more than one way.