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ATOM HEART MOTHER

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.85 | 1542 ratings

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CCVP
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4 stars Got Milk?

You know, this album saddens me, it really does, but not because the music is depressing or have a sad tone (because the music of this album does have that silent suffering feeling). I get sad because Pink Floyd managed to spoil such a beautiful album with a silly (and quite boring, if you ask me) last song, entitled Allan's Psychedelic Breakfast. Although i hardly listen to Allan's Psychedelic Breakfast, because it takes too long to the band to resume their music, even for progressive rock standards, the song isn't totally worthless. It has a couple really interesting instrumental parts. But the thing is that the song cannot hold my attention effectively due to the breakfast noises. Seriously, if i wanted to hear the noises of a person making breakfast i would just do my own breakfast instead of listening to them in a record.

However, not everything is lost. The rest of the album is just to die for, really! The Atom Heart Mother suite, for example, is great. The band, the choir and the orchestra interact perfectly with each other, although there is a clear predominance of the organs and pianos in general in the side-long suite, as far as the band part goes. The brass instruments make a great impression through the song and, along with the choir, give the The Atom Heart Mother suite an epic feeling in most of the times they appear in the song.

The following three songs are also very good. The psychedelic If, which can be played with practically an acoustic guitar alone, kind of breaks a bit the energy of the album, but that is actually good to settle down from the powerful suite that just played. They only problem of that song is that Roger Waters sings a bit out of tune, specially when he tries to hit the high notes (i mean tries because he can't really reach them). Summer 68' is considerably more energetic than the song that preceded it and actually retrieves a nice part of the suite's energy, specially due to the use of the brasses, which give the song the same epic feeling of the Atom Heart Mother suite. Fat Old Sun is mostly guitar-driven, like If, but it is rocked up, meaning that the song is pretty much a rock ballad (a very good one, but still a rock ballad).

Finally the album closes with Allan's Psychedelic Breakfast. i don't think i need to express again that the song spoil the album's closing and that it is sub-par, when compared to the rest of the album. The important thing to remember is that it ruins the end of the album.

Grade and Final Thoughts

What can i do here, but to give this album 4 stars? It is an awesome album, but the closing song ruins it! There is not much room to move, so i'll just end this review. It is a 4 stars album and that's it.

CCVP | 4/5 |

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