Midnight Oil

Diesel and Dust

August, 1987

Album Rock

While the hard edges and challenging angles of 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and Red Sails in the Sunset made Midnight Oil bona fide superstars in Australia, they were little more than a rumor in most of the rest of the world. Diesel and Dust is that rarity, a bid for the larger audience that's also an artistic success and a triumph for leftist politics.

- Mark Deming

Tori Amos

The Beekeeper

February 22, 2005

Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

In May 2019, Amos lost her mother, whose presence was a strong influence on her 2020 memoir Resistance and on this earthy 2005 set (especially the haunting title track). Balancing simpler, soulful pleasures with subtle intensity that explored life cycles and family, the LP is a wealth of underrated, Hammond organ-backed cuts like the sweeping "Marys of the Sea," the calming "Parasol," the gospel-tinged "Witness," and the devastating "Toast," dedicated to her late brother.

- Neil Z. Yeung