Diesel and Dust by Australian band MIDNIGHT OIL is a concept album about the struggles of Indigenous Australians, environmental causes, and issues important to the band. This was the politically oriented groups first global success. Propelled by the hit single, Beds Are Burning, this album, the sixth the band would release, went platinum in the United States.
With a great job of remastering, bringing out the intensity of this album even more, the band really hit their stride on this release. Everyone knows the big hit “Beds Are Burning,” but it’s the album as a whole that delivers a punch and brings the issues into songs that are both catchy and still relevent. Being a fan of theirs before this album was released gave me a sense of excitement that others were getting to hear just what I had loved about this band…passion and energy and genuine emotion. I have always loved the song “The Dead Heart,” another classic that I play over and over again because of the sing-along nature of the song. With the great playing and song-writing, this is one of the best albums by this band and is a classic that must be in your collection.
With its beautiful packaging and nice mini replica of the original US LP, this is a terrific release. The sound is clear and crisp, giving you the beauty of the songs and the clarity of the band’s playing which will make you want to play it again and again.