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ATOM HEART MOTHER

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.87 | 1980 ratings

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mike1259
5 stars After reading many of the reviews posted here I feel compelled to add my own. I am no huge Floyd fan yet I've always felt the band created this difficult masterpiece for me alone, although expressionism such as this is open to wide interpretation. For example, upon receiving the Nobel prize for 'The Old Man and the Sea' Hemingway was asked about the many metaphors it contained and what they could have represented. His answer was words to the effect that it all depended upon what the reader brought to the sitting! With that we understand reviews are only opinions and are neither right nor wrong. That being said I must say a lot of our fellow enthusiasts disqualify themselves by publishing negative reviews on albums that they just don't understand. They don't 'get it' so it must be a turd. Atom Heart Mother is a fine example of this. As far as accessablilty, the 'AHM' suite can indeed become very difficult. I personally feel the theme is the seeming cruelty of nature and as we delve deeper into the piece one concedes that since humans themselves are 'natural' their cruelty is natural as well. The music translates this so very well. The heavy, lumbering 'Father's Shout', the nurturing 'Breast Milky' and alluring 'Mother Fore' all challenge the listener to their limits and then comes 'Funky Dung', a kick-in- the-head effort to associate food with fecal matter. That deserves some meditation. Pink Floyd is well known for their so-called 'FreakOut' sections and 'Mind Your Throats Please' should be recognized as their most formidable. Never has humanity been served up such beautiful dissonance. I will maintain at this point that most of this album side was a freak of nature, yes, only by accident could a music group convey something so difficult. I digress - the band themselves didn't 'get it'. Thank You God
mike1259 | 5/5 |

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