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The Quiet One
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3 stars Famous Last Songs by Supertramp

Supertramp with Famous Last Words continued with the clever-pop style Breakfast in America presented and succeeded with. However, Famous Last Words was definitely not in the heights of it's predecessor either in the song-writing or in comercial success, however we're not interested in the later, so let's focus on the former:

Like The Final Cut by Pink Floyd presented a very dark feel due to Roger Waters' domination over the band, with this release of Supertramp something similar was happening(even the year was close, this being from 1982 and Floyd's from 1983!), though neither Roger nor Rick dominated in the end, just both egos joined to create a blue pop record with some up's and downs, which after this album was done Roger left in pursue of his solo career just like Roger(Waters) did after releasing The Final Cut. Both bands continued without *one of their* essential song-writers, though showed vastly different styles to what they had been doing, Pink Floyd with Gilmour opened up a bit to new styles and contemporary production, while Supertramp with Rick developed Rick's roots, Blues with some Jazzy leanings.

''But is Famous Last Words a good sad pop record or a bad one?'' you may be questioning yourself. Before knowing my opinion, you must know that I really enjoy well-thought catchy pop songs. Once knowing that, I'll say that, yes, this is one good moody pop album while somewhat a copy of Breakfast in America in moments, Famous Last Words still can be differentiated from Breakfast in America since the later mainly based it's songs on Supertramp's classic keyboard sound, while this one(Famous Last Words) barely uses it, while replacing it with either piano or some nice simple organ.

As a conclusion, Famous Last Words is by no means Supertramp's strongest effort either in the Pop scenario or Prog scenario, but still it's a well done continuation to the style Breakfast in America offered in such a lovely way. Fans of either Breakfast in America or Supertramp in general will find this album no less than good for their own standards.

The Quiet One | 3/5 |


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