10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 by Midnight Oil

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10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 by Midnight Oil
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 by Midnight Oil

Album Released: 1982

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ::: Artwork

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1.Outside World4:46
2.Only The Strong4:36
3.Short Memory4:54
4.Read About It3:50
5.Scream In Blue5:42
6.US Forces4:06
7.Power And The Passion5:50
9.Tin Legs And Tin Mines4:51
10.Somebody's Trying To Tell Me Something4:00


This was the first Midnight Oil album I bought, lucky me! It makes their previous efforts sound like demos in comparison - why did the Oils hold back? - they had so much in their arsenal, a whole universe of textures and tempos they hadn't employed earlier.

So this was the band's great leap forward - the Oils had switched to a major label, with major label production. For once that's a good thing, as it allowed them to open up new vistas in their sound, complemented quite handsomely with more prominent synthesizers. The production is ever-so-slightly off though, giving the album a rather odd air, but other than that it's perfect - no two tracks really sound the same, and nearly all of them (couldn't care less for "Scream In Blue" though) are good (or dammit, great!).

No other Midnight Oil album has this much stunning variety. From the subdued yearning opener "Outside World", to the urgent driving closer "Somebody's Trying To Talk To Me", the Oils deliver a tour-de-force, showing their various sides without the least strain. To me, this is an undeniably great album, the Oils' unquestioned masterpiece.

The best song on Side One is "Short Memory", about grim history lessons that great powers haven't yet learned - the Americans in Cambodia, the Russians in Afghanistan - side by side, hammered home by an insistent chorus. After that there's the jangly rockin' "Read About It". And the best song on Side Two is "Power and the Passion", which has one of very few good drum solos (a tinny canned one, at that!).

I could go on with this song-by-song stuff - let's just say the Oils really come into their own with this album, and if you're interested in them at all, start here.

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by Reviewer: Creative Noise (blogging at Creative Noise)

As I'm someone who tends to be left cold by the Australian culture (no matter how long I live here), and also have no interest in politics, from any country, it's a credit to Midnight Oil that they have been able to win me over as much as they have, although it's largely to do with the music of course.

This, their fourth album, is an astonishing leap in quality and style from their first three, and remains one of the true classics of rock. Powerful and catchy rock riffs blend with deft melodies (even if those still weren't quite as consistently outstanding compared with what was to come later) along with hard hitting lyrics of social commentary, to produce a rich listening experience that has countless highlights, right from the ominous opener "Outside World".

Following that, the best tracks include "Short Memory", "Read About It" (especially love the verses on that one), "U.S. Forces" (probably the best overall), "Power and the Passion", and "Tin Legs and Tin Mines", although there are no major weaknesses, with maybe just "Marlinga" and the concluding "Somebody's Trying to Tell Me Something" not quite up with the rest.

And even though I'm no expert on drumming, I still know terrific skin-bashing when I hear it, and drummer Rob Hirst is just magnificent through it all, no more so than when he performs the solo in "Power and the Passion".

This album isn't Midnight Oil's best - that honour in my view belongs to Diesel and Dust. And if there's one notable criticism, at least with the original vinyl release, which is the only way I've ever listened to 10-1, is the incredibly difficult-to-follow, almost puzzle-like lyric sheet.

The album as a whole is the start of the band's golden run, that saw them keep a remarkable streak of high quality releases right through to the 1990's.

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by Reviewer: The Doctor