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3.95 | 703 ratings

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3 stars "Breakfast in America" is one of the easiest of all progressive albums I've heard to get into. After just one listen you can reap the rewards of this slightly poppy, yet thoroughly enjoyable album. Supertramp are on par with bands like Queen (in style), but sadly they never received the praise they deserved. Many classic songs, a couple of which have recently been redone by some "artists" emerged from "Breakfast in America." The first song which comes to mind is "The Logical song" which I've heard being sung by some stupid high-pitched warped voiced, I've no idea who sings it but it disgraces the song.

All the songs on "Breakfast in America" are very fun to listen to and they are generally quite short, up beat and happy. But at the same time they have unmistakable progressive elements in them. For me, Supertramp wouldn't be the same with out the Saxes and clarinets, played by Mr. Helliwell , they just suite the music so perfectly. The chorus on the song "Breakfast in America" is a very good example of how much better the music is with them.

As the name suggests "Breakfast in America" is primarily an album about America, and it talks of how it looks perfect, but when one arrives, it's suddenly not all that amazing. I wonder if anyone will write an album called Breakfast in Australia, ah, I can imagine it now, it would be jammed full of stereotypes. The titles song of "Breakfast in America" has a strange ethnic Jewish feel which is mainly brought on by the clarinet (or saxophone, I can't tell.) This is my favourite song form "Breakfast" along with "Take the Long Way Home." Thankfully there is nothing bad to ruin the album and everything is done in a seemingly light-hearted fashion. Another song worth mentioning is "Child of Vision"; the closing section is very fun and proggy.

"Breakfast in America" is an album not to be missed, if you like your music (and/or your USA) then you will probably like "Breakfast in America". For me it is stands out against most other Supertramp stuff excluding 'Crime of the Century' which is even better than "Breakfast." This album is plainly a very enjoyable one, and thankfully there is nothing too dark about it. I highly recommend this album!

Australian | 3/5 |


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