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5 stars "Breakfast In America" is the masterful, widely celebrated breakthrough album that made Supertramp enormously famous in the late '70s and early '80s. It is a clever, edgy art-pop record with so much popular appeal that it remains a foundation of classic rock radio. Radio staples like "The Logical Song," "Take The Long Way Home," "Breakfast In America," and "Goodbye Stranger" are more-than-convincing demonstrations of Supertramp's ability to excel simultaneously at cerebral pop and arena-pleasing rock, sacrificing to the excesses of neither, and always maintaining their own distinctive charisma.

If any aspect of "Breakfast" is underreported, it's that the album is actually substantially better than its singles might indicate. Except for the questionably too-clever "Casual Conversations," the songwriting is consistently outstanding, especially on the panoramically brilliant, atypically hard-edged rock of "Just Another Nervous Wreck" and "Child Of Vision" -- those cuts remain among the era's most addictive, compelling blasts of accessible art rock. But the rest of the album isn't far behind, with the biting "Gone Hollywood" and the gorgeous, plaintive "Lord Is It Mine" shining even more brightly than the album's big hits.

The fine remastering of "Breakfast" on this new reissue does make it a slightly more high-impact experience, but not enough so for most fans to upgrade their old CD copy. If you're a fan of smartly measured, classic pop/rock who doesn't yet have it, however, or perhaps one who has never heard Supertramp, it is an absolutely essential listen.

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