Atom Heart Mother

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Appearing after the sprawling, unfocused double-album set Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother may boast more focus, even a concept, yet that doesn't mean it's more accessible. If anything, this is the most impenetrable album Pink Floyd released while on Harvest, which also makes it one of the most interesting of the era. Still, it may be an acquired taste even for fans, especially since it kicks off with a side-long, 23-minute extended orchestral piece that may not seem to head anywhere, but is often intriguing, more in what it suggests than what it achieves. Then, on the second side, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, and Rick Wright have a song apiece, winding up with the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Appearing after the sprawling, unfocused double-album set Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother may boast more focus, even a concept, yet that doesn't mean it's more accessible. If anything, this is the most impenetrable album Pink Floyd released while on Harvest, which also makes it one of the most interesting of the era. Still, it may be an acquired taste even for fans, especially since it kicks off with a side-long, 23-minute extended orchestral piece that may not seem to head anywhere, but is often intriguing, more in what it suggests than what it achieves. Then, on the second side, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, and Rick Wright have a song apiece, winding up with the group composition "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast" wrapping it up. Of these, Waters begins developing the voice that made him the group's lead songwriter during their classic era with "If," while Wright has an appealingly mannered, very English psychedelic fantasia on "Summer 68," and Gilmour's "Fat Old Sun" meanders quietly before ending with a guitar workout that leaves no impression. "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast," the 12-minute opus that ends the album, does the same thing, floating for several minutes before ending on a drawn-out jam that finally gets the piece moving. So, there are interesting moments scattered throughout the record, and the work that initially seems so impenetrable winds up being Atom Heart Mother's strongest moment. That it lasts an entire side illustrates that Pink Floyd was getting better with the larger picture instead of the details, since the second side just winds up falling off the tracks, no matter how many good moments there are. This lack of focus means Atom Heart Mother will largely be for cultists, but its unevenness means there's also a lot to cherish here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2011
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 603497915002
  • Catalog Number: 791500
  • Sales rank: 1,730

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pink Floyd Primary Artist
Roger Waters Bass Guitar, Vocals
Nick Mason Drums
Richard Wright Keyboards, Vocals
David Gilmour Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Roger Waters Composer
Ron Geesin Composer
Nick Mason Composer
Richard Wright Composer
Pink Floyd Producer
David Gilmour Composer
James Guthrie Mastering
Norman Smith Executive Producer
Alan Parsons Engineer
Joel Plante Mastering
Peter Brown Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    A Natural Progression

    Between the meandering craziness of Ummagumma (1969) and the supreme opus Dark Side of the Moon (1973) there were 3 growing pains albums, this being the first of them. It had to be made. For within the confines of this album are quick, gem like glimpses of the genius rock band that will be.

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  • Posted October 6, 2014

    This album is very underrated for what it is. If you like more o

    This album is very underrated for what it is. If you like more orchestrated type music or instrumental pieces you will enjoy it. Although its enjoyable some moments are very annoying, but overlook these parts. Overall its a memorable and cool album.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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