Breathe (Midnight Oil album)

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Studio album by Midnight Oil
Released 15 October 1996
Recorded 1996 - New Orleans & Sydney
Genre Rock
Length 51:28
Label Sprint / CBS
Producer Malcolm Burn
Midnight Oil chronology
Earth and Sun and Moon
20,000 Watt R.S.L.

Breathe is the ninth studio album by Australian rock band, Midnight Oil, which was released on 15 October 1996 under the Columbia Records label. It peaked at No. 3 on the ARIA Albums Chart and appeared in the top 40 on the New Zealand and Swiss Albums Charts. The album was produced by Malcolm Burn and according to Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, it had a loose, raw style with almost a low-key sound.


Australian rock band, Midnight Oil, released their ninth studio album, Breathe, on 15 October 1996, which appeared three-and-a-half years after their eighth album, Earth and Sun and Moon.[1][2] The line-up for the album was Peter Garrett on lead vocals, Bones Hillman on bass guitar and vocals, Rob Hirst on drums and vocals, Jim Moginie on guitars, keyboards, and vocals, and Martin Rotsey on guitars.[1][2] The album was produced by Malcolm Burn and released for Sprint Music by Columbia Records.[1][2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[4]

Breathe peaked at No. 3 on the ARIA Albums Chart and appeared in the top 40 on the New Zealand and Swiss Albums Charts.[5][6][7] In Australia it was certified gold for shipment of 35,000 copies by ARIA.[8] Allmusic's reviewer, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, described it as having "a more direct sound while keeping the anthemic melodicism ... less ambitious than its predecessor, yet also more forceful".[3] According to Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, it had a loose, raw style with almost a low-key sound.[1] Rolling Stone's Tom Moon compared it to earlier albums which "were filled with wide-screen screeds, the lectures on Breathe are offset by evocative mood pieces ... In fusing the hurtling momentum of punk with the righteousness of old-timey hymns, the Oils have arrived at a potent music that uplifts as it agitates".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Peter Garrett and Jim Moginie,[9] unless otherwise indicated. 

No. Title Length
1. "Underwater" (Rob Hirst, Moginie, Garrett, Martin Rotsey, Wayne Stevens) 5:02
2. "Surf's Up Tonight"   3:05
3. "Common Ground"   4:26
4. "Time to Heal"   3:54
5. "Sins of Omission" (Hirst, Moginie, Garrett, Rotsey, Stevens, Malcolm Burn) 4:35
6. "One Too Many Times" (Moginie) 3:27
7. "Star of Hope" (Moginie) 4:57
8. "In the Rain" (Garrett) 2:28
9. "Bring on the Change"   3:50
10. "Home (featuring Emmylou Harris)"   4:29
11. "E-Beat"   4:32
12. "Barest Degree" (Hirst, Stevens) 3:09
13. "Gravelrash" (Hirst, Moginie, Garrett, Rotsey, Stevens) 3:27


Year Album details Chart peak positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
1996 Breathe
  • Released: 15 October 1996
  • Label: Columbia (485402 2)
  • Formats: CD
3 26 31 155 AUS: Gold[8]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


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  1. ^ a b c d McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Midnight Oil'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86448-768-2. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Holmgren, Magnus; Stenerlöv, Carl-Johan. "Midnight Oil". Australian Rock Database. (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Breathe – Midnight Oil". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Moon, Tom (6 November 1996). "Midnight Oil: Breathe". Rolling Stone (Jann Wenner) (748). Archived from the original on 25 July 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Midnight Oil discography". Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  6. ^ a b "Discography: Midnight Oil (NZ)". Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  7. ^ a b "Discography Midnight Oil". Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  8. ^ a b "Australian Music (The Best of Australian Rock) : Midnight Oil". Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  9. ^ "'Surf's Up Tonight' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 13 May 2013.  Note: User may have to click on 'Search again' tab and Enter a title e.g. Underwater, or enter a Performer e.g. Midnight Oil.
  10. ^ "Artist album chart history: Midnight Oil". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  11. ^ "Midnight Oil: Charts & Awards: Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 

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