Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] Breathe as a full album

Beth Curran bcurran@columbus.rr.com
Sun, 21 Sep 2003 19:51:03 -0400

I dunno, there are some songs on there I like, but even those suffer
from what I can only describe as a lack of spirit.  It almost feels like
a contractual obligation album.  I just don't think it has much soul,
and that's exacerbated by the muddy production.  (Although it will
always have a place in my heart as the source of the only Oils song with
a female presence!)  After I read Willie I sat down and listened to
Breathe carefully, and came away with a better sense of the criticality
of RH's role in defining the Oils sound.

Hmm.  I wonder if I'll like the live version?  Stranger things have
happened.  Maybe the live performances capture what didn't show up in
the studio.  - Beth

-----Original Message-----
From: powderworks-admin@cs.colorado.edu
[mailto:powderworks-admin@cs.colorado.edu] On Behalf Of Heidi Shenk
Sent: Sunday, September 21, 2003 1:18 PM
To: jimcwarren@earthlink.net; kate@dnki.net
Cc: powderworks@cs.colorado.edu
Subject: Re: [Powderworks] Breathe as a full album

I don't think that there is one Oils song that I don't like...they are
great songs in their different ways.  So I guess I really don't have any

issues with Breathe...in fact Bring on the Change and Underwater are two
my favorite Oils songs.  I guess since I like so many different genres
music, it doesn't matter what style the Oils play (Ok...well I guess I 
probably would have started to worry if they would have put out a rap 
album.)  Often times I like their more obscure songs better anyways....I

actually really enjoy In the Rain.  Anyways...I guess I'm just surprised
how many of you out there bash the album Breathe or won't even listen to
at all.  Yeah...I guess I was sort of disappointed when I got the album
it first came out and I put it on and it wasn't what I was expecting,
even so I have to say that now I like it just as much as any other Oils 
album.  I think it's just a matter of maturing appreciation for music of


----Original Message Follows----
From: James Warren <jimcwarren@earthlink.net>
To: Kate Parker Adams <kate@dnki.net>
CC: "Powderworks" <powderworks@cs.colorado.edu>
Subject: [Powderworks] Breathe as a full album
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2003 10:25:32 -0700

I really like Breathe.  There are 5 songs from it that I do not listen
but I just love the rest.  They are the following:

Surf's Up
Time to Heal
Bring on the Change
Barest Degree

In my opinion, the list above is a better album than either Head
Injuries or 
the first album, although surely it depends on my mood.

My favorite Oils albums tend to have a section of at least three songs
in a 
row that I consider to be the euphoric high point of the album.
genius streak is Home/E-Beat/Barest Degree.

Well, thanks for reading.


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