Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] Re: Breathe as a full album

Kate Parker Adams kate@dnki.net
Mon, 22 Sep 2003 12:48:54 -0400

At 09:49 AM 9/22/2003 -02-30, Mike Blackwood wrote:
>I definately think that Breathe's biggest problem is a fusion of an
>experiment in songwriting that was a rather patchy success (ie teh
>laid-back sound) and HORRIBLE production that obscures the distinctive
>"Oily" flourishes wherever they crept in.

While some lyrics on Breathe are dense and richly textured, some are just 
simply overwrought to the point of being contrived.

It seemed to have been the pox of the mid-late 90's to take a hard rocking 
band with basic roots and overproduce and overwork their material into 
oblivion.  A time when producers were becoming stars rather than musicians.

Yet songs are individual, bands are singular and producers are 
plural.  When producers dominate, every band and every song begins to sound 
the same after a while. Unfortunately, I think the Oils got swept up in 
that wave with Breathe.

I had to backtrack to realize that certain songs heard live were really off 
of Breathe.  Perhaps the album title came about from having to remind 
themselves to come up for air while their art was getting suffocated? :-p

My Breathe EP would be:
         Barest Degree (anyone know what the &*($&(* it means?)
         Star of Hope

which reminds me to put some lotion on that foot ...