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ATOM HEART MOTHER

Pink Floyd

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.89 | 2149 ratings

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Dark Nazgul
4 stars Prog Floyd starts here.

The album of the famous cow. Perhaps it is simplistic, because in some moments the music is extraordinary, but the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of "Atom Heart Mother" is the cow.

The second thing that comes to mind is the suite of side one, called of course Atom Heart Mother. This piece of music marks a milestone in the evolution of the band's sound, which is slowly approaching the tastes of fans of progressive rock and abandoning the ethereal psychedelic world. The song (which I believe is the pinnacle of creativity achieved so far by the band) is made with the help of scottish composer Ron Geesin, and is basically a suite divided into several sections, played along with an orchestra composed by choirs and brass instruments. After a brief introduction, the suite begins with a guitar riff by Gilmour enriched by the brass instruments. Suddenly the band slows down, and after a bass line of Waters, Rick Wright and his organ takes the scene: many years have past but I think the organ and cello section ('Breast Milky') is absolute one of the greatest moments of all progressive rock (there are no words to describe this beauty, this part is legendary!). The suite continues with a chorus of male and female voices, a guitar solo by Gilmour on a blues-funky variation, various sound effects and reprises of the opening riff. Then the majestic grand final. "Echoes" and "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" are amazing, but maybe this is the suite that after many years I listen with greatest interest.

Unfortunately the second side is not on the same level with references to the old sounds ('Ummagumma' and 'More', for example) and you notice some uncertainties. I liked If, an acoustic ballad by Waters, when I was 18 and now frankly a bit less. Summer '68 is a love song with references to the Beatles and the Moody Blues. Again here we have brass instruments but this time unnecessary. The best tracks are Fat Old Sun with a splendid final crescendo by Gilmour and Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast where even the typical sounds of the breakfast (for example fried eggs) contribute to the music.

"Atom Heart Mother" is central to the history of the group, the bridge that connects the psychedelic period to the more classic era, and I think one of the most beautiful work (if not the best) of Pink Floyd's career. Highly recommended. Rating: 8/10.

Best song: Atom Heart Mother

Review milestone #20 by DN

Dark Nazgul | 4/5 |

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