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4 stars 8/10

With Breakfast In America Supertramp reached the much desired commercial success that so many bands want. Although Crime of the Century has been his creative peak and definitely their best album (one of the best of all time, in my opinion) Breakfast In America is the album for which the group will always be known. No wonder he sold more than 20 million copies, something that neither they expected.

Since it was the late '70s and the golden age of progressive rock was over this is one of the few albums from that period where you find traces of prog ... although there is a controversy if Supertramp is progressive or not (and I do not care). Some of the songs here are among the most famous band and has been run to exhaustion on the radio. Starting at Gone Hollywood, a satirical reference to the cultural effervescence of Los Angeles (where the band had settled in that period). The song shows a typical structure of Supertramp, but at 1:15 there is a curious break and we are led in another direction. An excellent opening track, but not the best here.

The Logical Song is the first (and most successful) of the four singles from the album. In my holiday I was reunited with my family on an island in the region of Salvador and radio began to take this song. I was asked by my uncle about that artist was and even having forgotten the name of that song Hogdson's voice is unmistakable and I then said "Supertramp", so proud of him. In fact this song is absurdly known and is one of those singles that "stick" in your mind.

The album continues and we come to Goodbye Stranger and the title track, two other singles. The first is marked by distinctive Wurlitzer electric piano (which is abundant throughout the album) and vocals by Hodgson and Davies, but the second is another highlight, in my view, even with the smallest song disc is one of the most impressive. Side A ends with Oh Darling, it's just an average song and does not equate to earlier.

Take the Long Way Home opens Side B with his distinctive harmonica vcais and more brilliant, and is another highlight. Well-deserved attention to the melancholy Lord it is Mine, a song can take you to tears - especially with that gorgeous clarinet - while Just Another Nervous Wreck Casual Conversations and are worthy ... of dispensing. Child of Vision is the "epic" of album, powerful chorus, piano and sax converging to a wonderful climax to fade out.

In conclusion, Breakfast In America is a very strong album of Supertramp, but did not produce the same effect on me that's masterpiece Crime of the Century. The fact that he has sold so many copies can leave many with bristly hairs, but do not be fooled - this is a strong album. 4 stars.

voliveira | 4/5 |


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