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ATOM HEART MOTHER

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.85 | 1495 ratings

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HammerOfPink
4 stars 4.5 Really. This album is amazing, plain and simple, as are most of Pink Floyd's albums, with the exception of the Final Cut.

Something that is a little strange about this album is that it has a very varied sound, and you're not sure what exactly Pink Floyd will sound like in the future. They're all over the place from soft folk rock songs, to epic progressive symphonic suites, to experimental instrumentals about cooking breakfast. To some that's not too good, they want a straightforward sound, but for me, I like it, it is varied while still having the essence of Pink Floyd.

Atom Heart Mother, the title track is a nearly 24 minute epic symphonic progressive suite with no words, just instruments. I would like to say it is an amazing progressive experience, however I'd say it's the least important of all Pink Floyd's long epics. Although it's still very important. The song begins with a catchy main theme played along with an orchestra with wonderful brass instruments. It has everything from jazz brass to bluesy guitar solos, to symphonies and male and female choirs, to experimental noise, and other silly nonsense. This experimental nonsense that lots of people don't like, I am particularly fond of. I see it like a Picaso painting... it looks really really weird and strange, but it's a wonderful work of art, nonetheless. It's like when all the critics are like this is terrible, but the one wiser one steps forth in silence and says This... is... MAGNIFICENT!!!

So Atom Heart Mother is amazing, what about the other songs. If is nothing really important, just another acoustic ballad by waters. Summer 68 is a fun song to listen to, it's very warm sounding, and has nice brass, I think it's trumpets. Fat Old Sun always cheers me up, and makes me feel like I'm very warm and at peace. It's a wonderful song by David Gilmour, and in bootlegs, it had been extended upwards of 15 minutes, by adding in extra instrumental sections and a reprise at the end.

Many people will find it hard to listen to Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast, but I love it, and can listen to it happily. It's basically like 3 acoustic cheerful sounding ballad songs combined in one track, and separated by odd noise recordings of a man making and eating breakfast, and then cleaning up.

In general, the album is fantastic. First song is a great epic symphonic instrumental progressive experimental rock suite. The 3 songs in between are generally warm, cheerful sounding songs, and the last is a humourous track that's quite cheerful, and sort've progressive in its own way. For someone wanting purely prog, The title track is what you want, but the other stuff is nice, as well.

HammerOfPink | 4/5 |

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